Northumberland Lightning seek players for 2016 roster

Scott Radford scoring a touchdown for Northumberland Lightning.
Scott Radford scoring a touchdown for Northumberland Lightning.

The Northumberland Lightning American football team are beginning preparations ahead of the 2016 National League season.

In 2015, an inexperienced roster finished the season 1-9, beating the well-established Dundee Hurricanes for their first ever win. The other major accomplishment was completing their ten-game schedule against some of the best teams in the country at their level.

Ninety per cent of the Lightning squad had never played the game before, meaning the club’s first season in the league was a steep learning curve, but one the rookie roster relished.

The club is now on the lookout for its rookie class of 2016, with open training on Sundays at Ashington Rugby Club between 9am and 1pm.

Initial training sessions are free and highly qualified coaching staff are looking for stars of the future.

Players range in age, size and shape from 16 to 50, 5”5 to 6”6, 130lbs to 300lbs and come from an assortment of backgrounds, athletics, football, rugby union, rugby league and basketball, while some of the squad have never played a competitive sport.

Head coach Mal Ditcham said: “We are looking for players of any size and shape, the beauty of the sport is there is a position for everyone.

“You don’t need any experience, players joined us last year without any experience and won awards at the end of the season.

“The coaching staff will teach you everything you need to know, so if you have a desire to learn then come down and get involved.”

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