HoundDog News

Training moves back to Horsebridge

Wednesday the 27th of March was our last training session at Eastbourne Sports Park for 2019.

From April the 3rd 2019, training will resume at Horsebridge Rec, Nr Hailsham, BN27 4DL, still staying at the same timings of Move to Horsebrideg Good

Flag Football 18:30 till 19:30
U16’s & U19’s 18:30 till 20:30

Chairman, Luke Boorer added, “It will be great to get back to Horsebridge as most of our larger training items are stored there and it means the coaches don’t have to keep carting equipment about. We would like to thank Hellingly Parish Council who helped us fund our temporary move to Eastbourne Sports Park for the winter months.  We are so fortunate to have such a supportive Parish council in Hellingly. We also shared the facility with Hellingly Rugby Club which also helped to keep the costs low. It was great to train alongside their adults section as the rugby club have been so supportive of our club since day 1.”

Hellingly HoundDogs are still looking for more players to join all four teams, so if you or a family member is interested, please get in contact today through our website, Social Media or email us on hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com

U16’s making giant leaps

Sunday 24th of March saw the HoundDogs U16’s travel to the Home of Kent Phoenix to join in a joint scrimmage against East Kent Mavericks.

Although no scores were kept the HoundDogs performed extremely well against a seasoned and experienced Mavericks team ahead of their league season.

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Team gather ahead of game day

The HoundDogs team, with an extra 4 players from the Phoenix, combined and played in a control scrimmage where teams were given the opportunity to learn the craft of playing American football. Many mistake were made but also worked upon throughout the three hour session.

Coach Boorer added “the session worked well for the players from all three teams. Lots of skills were developed with game situation play. We saw players from the two teams combine to take on the Mavs, who have been competing in the BAFA leagues for the last few years. They have a lot of players with a lot of experience, where as we the total opposite. However, we were no way out played. The HoundDogs players were only given the play book on Wednesday night and the Phoenix played hadn’t even seen it, but they all took the instruction extremely well, and the coaches from both teams should be very pleased with their players. We had a new QB  who only just taken to the position. Liam completed his 1st ever TD and did very little wrong all game. Alex played well at Centre however, we have some work to do on his snapping and Harrison and Ned led the Defence very well some some greta open field tackling.”

29512006_759690060900971_2149469830963954410_nThe Euroshowers MVP goes to:

Defence MVP – Seb Portales. Work hard all game trying to disrupt the QB, playing against a player twice his size. Seb finished the game with a sack and put the QB under pressure several times.



Offence MVP – Charlie Boorer. Lead the team extremely well keeping his head up and boosting the morale of the other players along with some great high catches and constantly being a threat for the deep pass. Charlie also finished with a TouchDown

Flag 1st Outing of 2019

Sunday the 18th of March saw a team from the HoundDogs travel to Chislehurst, the home of Kent Exiles, for some fun warm up games of Flag American Football.

some of the current Flag teams

The games were more based around development, learning and gaining experience for HoundDogs team.
In all the Hound scored 5 TD’s in the 3, 20 minutes games including 2TDs from Jessica Powell, 2 TD for Joe Powell and one TD for River Chukwu-Onu on his debut.

HoundDogs Flag Coach, Jamie Powell added “We had a great day at the exiles last Sunday. After a slightly nervous start we soon settled in with this being only the first or second matches for most of our players. We drew in ben and Charlie’s experience and the team started to produce plays and defended well. Some excellent tackles made by river in his first outing. Adam started well at quarterback but was caught out very briefly when the the opposition started to blitz. He did however overcome this very well and started side stepping, making passes and running plays using his natural pace. Ben also stepped in at qb and threw some excellent balls and also for a touchdown catch. Charlie was really consistent in all the games at centre and also tackled well. Jess ran in a couple of scores using her pace and joe caught and ran in a couple with cuts and speed. All in it was a great experience for the HoundDogs and one we can really build on for further upcoming fixtures… thanks to all”

The HoundDogs Flag team will be back to training on Wednesday. If your son or daughter are interested in playing American Football, get in contact with us today for more details.

Details of more fixtures will be released shortly, please keep an eye on our news page for more details.

‘Best Of Eastbourne’ Sponsor U19’s Balls

Hellingly HoundDogs are pleased to announce a sponsorship deal with Best of Eastbourne, a community and local business directory, to sponsor the U19’s balls for the next two seasons.eastbourne logo trans large[9257]The Best of Eastbourne helps to promote local companies including services, trades, restaurants and all other types of small business as well as offering a free platform for local charities and community organisation to promote their events and causes.

The Best Of Eastbourne owner David Ruddle said 53636627_623134594799878_9123621305441058816_nWe are delighted that local businesses that have signed up to our BestOf 360 Membership have enabled us to support Hellingly Hound Dogs with this sponsorship. Having seen how proactive they have been in growing their club it is a privilege to be able to support them in their continued growth and success on the field.”

HoundDogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “We are very grateful to the membership of the Best Of 360 Membership for agreeing to become part of our clubs ever growing family. The best of Eastbourne offer us a unique way of not only helping our club financially but also a far more important aspect of helping spread the word about our club and what we can offer the community.”

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HoundDogs attempts to bag Tesco’s fund pot

Hellingly HoundDogs Youth American Football Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.


Hellingly HoundDogs is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The HoundDogs are looking to purchase vital safety equipment to help more players from the local region to be able to get into the sport of American Football.

Voting is open in the two Tesco stores located in Hailsham during March and April and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.