The club successfully completed its ‘Associate Year’ in 2014 and is now all set to compete in the National League setup in 2015, representing Northumberland and promoting the sport locally and in the North East of England.
Northumberland Lightning American Football Club was formed in November 2012 and quickly began to pick up momentum. Starting with a group of 12 men training 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.
The following 18 months saw the club develop its roster and coaching setup, with over a dozen players completing their Level 1 BAFCA coaching courses in 2013 and 2014 in order to assist with the increase in players.
In the Autumn/Winter of 2014, a roster of 45 players competed in a series of assessed fixtures against teams such as Northumbria University, Carlisle Sentinels and West Coast Trojans and were accepted into the National League setup.
The club are now preparing for the 2015 season which runs from April – August and actively recruiting players, coaches and sponsors in order to assist them in the forthcoming season.