The club aims to complete its Associate Year in 2014 with and subsequently compete in the British American Football Association National Leagues (BAFANL) in 2015, whilst promoting the sport locally within Northumberland and the North East of England.
Northumberland Lightning American Football Club was formed in November 2012 and quickly began training, a group of 12 men formed the initial ‘Lightning’, which trained at the Heaton Bowl in Newcastle. Word quickly spread about the Lightning and the club secured its home facility of Ashington Rugby Club in March 2013, which includes our very own pitch, changing facilities, access to the bar and training equipment. We have fit in well with the Rugby club and have recently agreed to a 2 year deal to home the Lightning at the facility.
By May 2013 the club were able to run full kitted scrimmages and in the autumn of that year, seven members of the Lightning completed the Level 1 BAFCA coaching course and the club was able to progress further, now running position specific training sessions.
Towards the end of 2013, the club competed in its first two scrimmages against Durham Saints and Walney Terriers. The clubs first year in existence was an excellent one, but the club is still a work in progress, with a core of 30 members who play, work and fight for each other.
After working hard to improve as a team and recruit in the opening half of 2014, the club are now aiming for a series of matches in the second half of the year and help them step up to the next level.