Last year, the club completed its second season in the National League setup, competing in the BAFA NFC North II Division against teams from both England and Scotland.
The club is proud to represent Northumberland and help promote the sport 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 included our very own pitch, changing facilities, access to the bar and training equipment.
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.
Spring/Summer 2015 saw a competitive run of 10 games throughout the North East of England and Scotland, facing off in double headers against Newcastle Vikings, Glasgow Tigers, Dundee Hurricanes, Aberdeen Roughnecks and once again, the West Coast Trojans.
Summer 2016 saw a repeat of competitive fixtures within the National Leagues and an improved record, as well as a lot of work off the field too, with the club heavily involved in local community projects and fundraising with their “120 days” project that raised £2300.
Following a short post season break, the club are now preparing for the 2017 season, actively recruiting players, coaches and sponsors.