HoundDog News

Dog Bowl 2020 date announced

The HoundDogs organisation are pleased to announce the date of the 2020 annual Dog Bowl invitational event. The event will take part on Sunday the 14th of June at horsebridge Recreational Ground near Hailsham, the home of Hellingly HoundDogs.

The Invitational event will again see teams compete for the bowls across two age groups, Cadet and Youth. This season will also see a coaches match as the HoundDogs face off against local rivals, Kent Phoenix.

The event will again see the bar open, the BBQ lit along with a raffle and cake stall. All money raised is put back into the club to help cover the costs of running the HoundDogs organisation.

HoundDogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “This is one of my favourite events in the HoundDogs calendar. We get to see the club come together and support some of our youngest players compete in a friendly atmosphere, which is where youth sports should be. We will shortly be announcing teams that have been invited. We are also hosting a coaches games where we will take on our friends from Kent Phoenix. I can’t wait to let battle commence.”

Legion find out opponents

Hellingly HoundDogs are pleased to announce, as part of the South East Legion, for upcoming fixtures for the 2020 under 19 British American Football Division 1.

Home games will be split between Hellingly, Canterbury and Maidstone but these are still to be arranged amongst the clubs.

This is the second year that the HoundDogs, Kent Phoenix and East Kent Mavericks with joined up to form the Legion. However, this season will see them joined by the newly formed Brighton Scorpions.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year

Hellingly HoundDogs would like to to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Just a reminder that our Contact Teams return to training on the 8th of January, with Flag returning on the 5th of February at Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF from 6:30PM are looking for more players, so come along and get involved.

Parish Council Awards HoundDogs Grant Funding

Hellingly Parish Council

Hellingly HoundDogs are pleased to announce that Hellingly Parish council have awarded the Youth American Football club the sum of £500 to help cover the costs of minibus hire for the 2020 season.

2019 season saw the HoundDogs enter into the national league for the first time, with the aim of giving their players the chance to play competitive football. It saw the team traveling to Cambridge, London twice for away games, whilst playing two of their three home games at Maidstone. The 2020 season will see the u19’s again having to travel some distance to play again and with the addition of a joint team at U16’s level, the HoundDogs Committee thought it would be a good idea to ask the Parish Council for help with the cost of traveling.

On top of this, the Council also awarded an addition sum of £300 in an emergancy joint application from the HoundDogs and Hellingly Rugby Club, to help cover the costs of both clubs having to move training from Horsebridge recently, to Eastbourne Sports Park due to the flooding the area has experienced.

Club Chairman, Luke Boorer added “We are very lucky to have such a helpful Parish council here at Hellingly. The money will be sued to help hire and fuel a minibus for us to travel as a team rather than lots of parents taking their kids in many different vehicles. We did this last season with the U19 Legion team and it proved to be a great success. The money means we can also reduce the fee we charge the kids and their parents for this service. We would also like to sent a massive thank you to the Parish Council for helping fund our move to Eastbourne for training. Without their help, the two clubs would have struggled to fund the additional costs. I would personally like to go on record and say a massive thank you to all the Councillors. We are very fortunate to have a Parish Council that supports local sports and the local residents”.

The HoundDogs are now on their winter break. The U16 an dU19 Contact teams return to training on Wednesday the 8th of January at Eastbourne Sports Park from 6:30PM with the Flag section returning at the same venue of the 5th of February. If you are interested in coming along please contact us for more details on hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com of through Social Media.

HoundDogs Player Bags GB Spot

Riley Davis competing for a ball against Wembley Stallion whilst representing the South East Legion

Hellingly HoundDogs are extremely proud to announce that long serving member, Riley Davis has made it into the GB squad in the Wide Receiver position.

After attending the trials a few weeks back, Riley was informed that he had made the shortlist and will go on to represent our nation.

Riley Davis spoke about his adventure “ The GB trials were an unreal experience that I’ll never forget. I was full of nerves but also excited to show them what I’m made of. My friend Danny Townsend who is also a member of the HoundDogs gave me a ride up to the trials thanks to his dad. We left around 6.30 to arrive there around 10 o’clock. The trials consisted of speed, agility route running, team work as well as explosive power off the line. It was a day where I feel like I learnt so much in such a short space of time which is why I’m so excited to start training with them. For me personally I loved the way the trials were laid out with American football based tests rather then just athlete based tests, because in my opinion you can be the best athlete on the field but not understand the sport or have the right mindset. I feel like this really showed with their selection process and how they got it right. After around 2-3 hours of giving it my all to the point of feeling sick me and my friend, Danny were happy that we’d gave it all we could.

Two weeks later, I received an email telling me I have been selected to be on the performance squad of Great Britain. I’ve never been so excited and overwhelmed in my life! So much so that I choked on my shreddies when reading it! Out of nearly 400 people I felt blessed to say I’ve been chosen. There’s no better feeling than making your parents feel like you’ve done them proud, no matter how big or small the achievement is.Training starts on Saturday 30th in Telford and I can’t be more ready to start working harder and harder for my country.

I’d obviously like to thank all the coaches and staff of the Hellingly Hound Dogs and South East Legion for supporting, teaching and developing me as a player. I’d also like to especially thank Luke for getting me into the sport almost 5 years ago and allowing me to have a local team that I love and respect.”

Hellingly HoundDogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “I personally am ecstatic for Riley. He has been with the HoundDogs since day one and was with me for two years prior at another club. Unfortunately that didn’t work out for us as an extremely short sighted decision to cancel the youth program there due to internal politics. I think this shows just what investing in youth can result in and I am sure one or two people are now regretting that decision. We have a lot of great players starting to come through and we will see us send a strong contingent of players to the Legion this coming season. As for Riley, he has always been a dedicated player who has tried his hardest and that is really starting to pay off for him. I hope he continues to apply the same dedication as he travels through his life. This will stand him in great stead. I believe that the decision to include Riley will see more of our players step forward and go to the next trials. I am also very thankful to Riley for thanking all the coaches that have helped him. We have some great, dedicated coaches at the HoundDogs, as well as the Legion and they all deserve a massive pat on the back. I would also like to congratulate the rest of the Legion players that have made the GB squad”