return to training on Wednesday the 23rd of January at their new temporary home at Eastbourne Sports Park from 6:30PM. This season is slightly different to previous years with the Flag teams returning earlier this season as they prepare themselves as they compete against other local teams in friendly games.
The Contact/Kitted teams will also train at the same time as the Flag teams at the same venue.
The HoundDogs are looking for new players to join their existing players. So if you are aged 7 to 19 and fancy giving American Football a try, now is your chance to be part of the HoundDogs organisation. The HoundDogs are also looking out for more potential coaches to join the club. The Club can help with the cost of training and educating programmes.
The HoundDogs are renting the ground thanks to a grant of £500 from Hellingly Parish Council. The club has also joined forces with hellingly Rugby Club and are sharing the facility with both clubs training at the same time.
Luke Boorer, HoundDogs Chairman added “We thank the Parish Council for their donation to the club and it will help our players continue training at their usual time and day of the week as they are use too. Without the financial assistance we may have had to change our training day and time and this has a massive impact on player availability. We found this last year when we had to move to a Saturday because of Horsebridge being waterlogged. Being a Youth Sport, we soon realised that a lot of the players have Saturday job and were really restricted with the time they could spend training. We are also looking forward to working with Hellingly Rugby Club. The sports share so many fundamentals with tackling techniques etc, that maybe both clubs can teach each other a thing or two. Plus it’s always good to work on the relationships we have with other Hellingly Sports Trust members”.
Hellingly HoundDogs YAFC are pleased to announce another successful grant bid application from Sport England for £9959 to help fund the essential equipment that is needed to help kick start the U19’s team. The money will be spent on providing new players with player safety equipment including helmets and pads along with more vital training equipment.
With the HoundDogs joining forces with East Kent Mavericks and Kent phoenix for the 2019 BAFA U19’s season, the grant comes in just at the perfect time for the club to help develop players in time for the SE Legion project.
Chairman Luke Boorer added “The Committee has been working hard behind the scenes to get the HoundDogs ready to launch the U19’s. With Bafa altering the age limits for the U17’s this year, it meant we would have lost several player if we hadn’t had launched the U19’s. These players would have had to move to another club, miles away to continue to play football. This is something that the Committee really didn’t want to see. This also adds another string to the club’s bow, but also means more work. this really does add the icing to the cake this year. After successfully being awarded as a ClubMark club, this really demonstrates the clubs desire to offer football to the youth of East Sussex. This funding really couldn’t have come at a better time for the club. this means we can order the equipment that we want and hopefully it will be ready to go when we return to training on the 23rd of January.”
The HoundDogs are still looking for more players from ages 7 to 19 to join the club’s different age groups. If you, your child or someone you know may be interested, please get in touch. We require players of all ages, sizes and experience to join our club.
The South East has seen strong and sustained growth in Youth American Football over the past few years. Clubs have worked collaboratively to increase the number of young people playing and the standards of coaching and development. As a result of this work we find ourselves in a position to support further progress and look at establishing a system of progression to encourage greater pathways and opportunities.
We will continue to support individual clubs development and growth, offer
events, work with our NGB and other stakeholders to build the sport in our region.
Following discussions between clubs in the region, in conjunction with BAFA, it has been agreed to enter a combined team into the BAFA National League Under 19’s competition for the 2019 season. East Kent Mavericks, Kent Phoenix and Hellingly Hound Dogs players and coaching staff will work together to provide opportunities to play within the league. Had this agreement not been made then none of the clubs would have had squads sufficient to play and therefore by taking this approach we can ensure that our players are able to test themselves and continue to develop their skills.
THE LEGION HAS FORMED…..
Through this coordinated approach we hope to create a program that supports further growth and development of the sport in the region and offer a progressive pathway for players and coaches, it will also enable Coaching development to be improved through sharing best practice and planning Coaching development and training sessions.
We look forward to the forthcoming announcements regarding alignments and schedules so we can begin to plan fully for our foray into the National League.
Legion Team Manager Ian Miles said ‘This is an amazing opportunity, we have worked hard to create a regional program that ensures individual clubs will retain their identity and development plans whilst supporting growth. We are looking to work with existing clubs and BAFA to ensure the Sport flourishes and we can continue to build programs that offer young people the best possible opportunity to develop skills. This would not have been possible without the fantastic attitude of the 3 clubs involved as well as others who while not directly part of our combined team are still keen to work together within the region to provide greater opportunities.’
Friday the 23rd November saw the HoundDogs representatives attend the Sussex Sports Awards at the Brighton Grand Hotel. The evening was hosted by BBC’s Sussex’s Danny Pike with guest speaker being the legendary Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.
The HoundDogs were up for the ClubMark award
along with Chairman Luke Boorer being shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year for the 2nd year running.
With Chairman Luke Boorer in Sri Lanka cheering on England Cricket with the Barmy Army, the evening was attended by his wife Claire. Hellingly HoundDogs were awarded the 2018 ClubMark Award, but unfortunately Luke did not win Volunteer of the Year with the winner being Eric Douglin, from Bexhill Basketball who was shortlisted last year along with Luke.
However, the club would like to thank all those at Active Sussex for their hard work on putting on the evening along with a special mention to anthony Statham who helped the club with the whole ClubMark process. The club would also like to congratulate all the other nominees for their continuing fantastic work that they work so hard on to make Sussex such a sport friendly community.