HoundDog News

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”

2019 HoundDogs Award winners

Sunday the 1st of September saw the annual lmrme lvmtptrmptrmporm Hellingly HoundDogs Awards at Hailsham Town Football Club. The afternoon started with address from the club’s Chairman, Luke Boorer where he thanked last year’s Committee and along with all the club’s Coaches for all their work. The awards started with the Clubs Cadet Flag Team and moved through the Youth Flag Team, Youth Contact Team and finally the U19 Contact players.

As in previous years, every player received their annual Dog Tag award for playing for the club. These were also presented to the clubs Committee members and all the Club’s Coaches.

Club Chairman Luke Boorer added “This is one of my favourite events as the HoundDogs Chairman. Our first years Awards event saw around 25 people in a room. This year it was closer to 70 people in attendance. This just shows how hard all the Coaches and Committee work to getting our club to where it is today. 

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I am really pleased for all the winners, but I honestly feel that almost all of this years players could have won something. It’s a hard job for the Coaches to pick out just a few players. Each year we have tried to make the event more special and this year was the first time we have made it a smart dress event and I thought all the players looked amazing, for which we thank the parents. We would also like to thank Stuart Fairway and Dom Corbett along with Hailsham Town Football Club for allowing us to use their facility for our Awards event again.”

The HoundDogs return to training this Wednesday at Horsebridge Rec from 6:30PM. Anyone wanting to try either Flag or Contact American Football are more than welcome to attend. For more information, please email us on hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com

Cadet Flag:
Managers Award – River Chukwu-Onu
Offence MVP – Joe Powell contact team winners.jpg
Defence MVP – Luan Kapllani
Player’s Player – Oliver Curtis

Youth Flag:
Managers Award – Cavan Baker-Sells
Offence MVP – Alfie Woods
Player’s Player – Maia Cameron-Dick
Defence MVP – Adam Taylor

Youth Contact:
Managers Award – James Bradford
Offence MVP – Charlie Boorer
Defence MVP – Stan Wilson
Player’s Player – Alex Edwards

U19’s Legion Contact:
Managers Award – Danny Townsend
Special Teams MVP – Riley Davis
Offence MVP – George Davies
Defence MVP – Thomas avann
Player’s Player – Jacob Boorer


HoundDogs looking to recruit more coaches

Hellingly HoundDogs returning to training on the 4th of September, but it’s not only new players they are looking for.
2019 coaches wantedThe HoundDogs organsation would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the HoundDogs in a coaching/volunteer role with the club. The club can offer assistance with any new volunteer with help obtaining their DBS check along with their BAFCA level 1 Coaching award.

Chairman Luke Boorer added “We welcomed two new coaches to our current ranks last year and would like to further extend this. Coaches Jamie and Ronnie really helped ease the pressure on the coaches when they joined and really brought a new breath of fresh air to the coaching team. Coaching is a great way to really help shape the future of these kids lives. It is very rewarding and a lot of fun too.”

Any person wishing to get involved with the club should contact the club Chairman, Luke boorer through our email address hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com

Coaches go Dry in September

As part of the annual Hellingly HoundDogs fundraising efforts, all players will be encouraged to again, take part in the Alfriston Pre-school’s Fun Run on the 28th of September.

However, this year some of the players have been encouraging the coaches to join them, but with age and fitness levels on what can only be described as “going in the wrong direction” some of the coaches will instead take part in a a non-alcohol month. This event will coincide with the fun run with both events taking place in the month of September.

Coaches Alastair, Ronnie, Luke and Sean will be attempting to raise £500 to help purchase a defibrillator and donated to Hellingly Sports Club for all the sections of the club to use.

Hounddogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “As a club, we were built on giving the next generation of kids the chance to play sport in a safe environment. In 2018 we worked hard to achieve ClubMark status and believe purchasing a defibrillator will further our commitment to all of our players. We want to offer the best care possible to all of our players and believe that you can not put a price on anyone’s life. When we were formed as a club, Hellingly Sports Club welcomed us with open arms at Horsebridge and  we believe purchasing a defib and placing it in the main clubhouse for the Rugby, Cricket and Bowls sections to use, gives us the chance to repay some of the gratuite that these clubs showed us. The defib will cost over £1000 to buy and we are really hoping to raise at least 50% of the cost with this event. We are hoping that all the sections members might be able to help sponsor our coaches in this challenge.”

If you want to help all the coaches achieve their target, please use the link below and donate through the clubs Just Giving page.


HoundDogs Scoop Local Award

Friday, 26th of July saw two members of the Committee more radio from the Hellingly HoundDogs attend the East Sussex More Radio Awards at the Cooden Beach Hotel after being nominated and then shortlisted for the for the 2019 More Radio Sporting Excellence Award.

The evening started with free sparkling wine on arrival and then moved into a three course meal.

After dinner the Awards started, with categories including LifeTime Achievers Award, Courage Award along with many others. It then came round to the Sporting Excellence Award. After a short video about the HoundDogs organisation and its history, Chair Luke Boorer and Club secretary Claire Boorer were called to the stage to collect the award from More Radio’s DJ and host for the evening, Nick Osbourne.

Chair Luke Boorer later added “It’s always nice

Chairman Luke Boorer collecting the Sporting excellence at the More Radio Awards

to win Awards, but this is not the motivation for the hard work the coaches and committee put in. For us, it’s about developing children into young adults, teaching them the skills that they can use on the pitch and later on in life as they enter university and into the workplace. It’s brilliant just to be nominated and a big thank you to the people who took time to do just that. We now have another beautiful trophy that will sit next to the club’s other awards that we have won over the last few years. I may even have to start looking into making the club a trophy cabinet if things carry on in this way! We would like to thank More Radio for hosting these awards and to be honest, yes we do put a lot of hard work into the club, but sitting in that room with some awe inspiring people, really things into perspective. We were lucky to sit with a really heartwarming young boy tonight called Leo, who has more thing wrong with him than anyone should ever know about. All he did was laugh and entertain our table all night. What his parents do for him, with the help from Demelza, is amazing. These are the real heroes in life and the people that we should all look up to.”