NFL team training well received

Students from the American School of London, based in St John’s Wood, were invited to participate in a JagTag workout by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Watford ahead of their NFL game in London against the Miami Dolphins, which s ‘was held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the last time. month

A SERIES of free coaching sessions has landed in North West London with the aim of encouraging young people to fall in love with American football.

The NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have partnered with United Dragons – a youth football club based in Regent’s Park – to host weekly “JagTag” and Junior Roar Dance Academy programs in St John’s Wood and Maida Vale .

Sessions, which require specialist trainers, typically cost £ 60 per month, but for November they’re completely free.

A form of American football tag, JagTag sessions for ages 6 to 16 take place at Harris Academy every Friday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at Paddington Recreation Ground in Westminster every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

There are “no protections, no helmets and no tackles”, but the sessions are considered the ideal way to teach children the basic rules and techniques used in the sport, including throwing, catching, dodging. and defend.

“There are now 87,000 children and young people across the UK playing JagTag,” said Ryan Moore, a former young Hampstead FC footballer who now helps the Jaguars develop the game. one of the fastest growing grassroots sports in the country, and what we’re really proud of is that 42 percent of participation is girls and young women.

Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders greet school children participating in the flag football session. Jacksonville Jaguars practice session at The Grove, Chandlers Cross, Watford, UK. Friday October 15, 2021. Photo: Dave Shopland

“The best way to love sport is to know how to play it. JagTag is a fantastic equalizer because the vast majority of kids have never played American football before, so they learn all the rules together.

Explaining how American football is a sport for everyone, Ryan added: them.

“The great thing about American football and the JagTag program is that you need a wide range of body types and builds to play it – it’s really open to everyone.”

Mixed JagTag sessions are aimed at boys and girls, as is Junior Roar Dance Academy, which takes place at Harris Academy on Fridays between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Hampstead Recreation Club in Fleet Road on Tuesdays at the same times.

Ignoring suggestions that sessions for ages 5-16 would only appeal to girls, Ryan said, “Male cheerleaders are getting more and more popular.

“We give children a chance to learn stimulating and energetic street dance routines.

“Sessions are a great way to celebrate health and fitness, especially for kids who don’t particularly like or enjoy playing other sports.

“We will also be hosting monthly video links with the Roar of the Jaguars, the Jacksonville Jaguars professional cheerleading team. They will share tips and advice, participate in Q&A, and perform demonstrations.

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