NFL Academy

NFL Academy

A unique programme developed by the NFL and Barnet and Southgate College to give aspiring young American football players or outstanding athletes the chance to develop their skills and knowledge of the game

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The NFL Academy links high quality professional coaching with an extensive range of full time academic or A Level sports study programmes, for learners aged between 16 to 18 years old (on August 31st of that academic year).

Learners of varying abilities and experiences can enrol on full time BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 courses, a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, NVQ Level 2 Coaching, YMCA Personal Training courses or an A Level study package.

The NFL ACademy will support students in their efforts to become eligible for US College acceptance via NCAA regulations.

Find out more about the NCAA and applying for Division I, II and III colleges in the USA.

OVERVIEW

Run in partnership with Tony Allen, the team of highly qualified and experienced coaches will deliver the coaching and technical components of the American Football Academy programme, ensuring a detailed sporting content that incorporates coaching in all technical, tactical and physical facets and caters to every position on the field for both offensive and defensive players.

The student athletes will train at least 3 times per week over 44 weeks of the year in field-based practice sessions, with video analysis and classroom-based work conducted before each practice. Additional physical conditioning programmes will be written for each player which they can complete in the BSC gym facilities.

Students will be transported from the Southgate Campus to field practice training facilities each day. All playing equipment inclusive of helmets, pads and training wear will be provided and each student athlete shall receive Nike American Football team wear at no cost. The only required items of equipment student athletes will have to pay for are cleats and gum shields.

Student athletes, as part of this scheme, will access an exciting, high quality study programme, encompassing the main qualification (sports or A Levels), English and/or maths (where required), employability skills and Sport National Governing Body Coaching awards.

Learners who enrol on the course will be required to sign a code of conduct, and will not be allowed to train or play football unless they are up-to-date with their academic commitments and maintain the highest possible standards.

Additional benefits include access to a full-time team of physiotherapists, and clinic sessions will be available for all student athletes, as well as free gym access to the College's performance gym which has strength and conditioning support.

GOALS AND PROGRESSION ROUTES

The programme  has been designed to provide athletic sporting performance coaching in American football together with Further Education. This programme and partnership with the NFL is a unique offer, not only for the UK, but also internationally - providing the only programme of this kind outside of the US and North American High School system.

The NFL Academy is looking for talented American football players, cross-over athletes or those who have yet to play the sport. The combination of high-quality sports and academic training is intended to help students achieve NCAA Scholarship offers to Division 1 or 2 US Colleges. Alternatively, students may wish to play the game to high levels with NGB national teams, British universities or European Leagues.

HEAD COACH - TONY ALLEN

Tony is Director of Football for the London Warriors Urban American Football program in the UK, and currently runs a sports consultancy business specialising in American football development. Through this, Tony continues to work with the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars on their British football initiatives, and also heads up the Jacksonville Football Academy in the UK.

Tony was employed for 15 years (1994-2008) with the NFL International and NFL Europe.

As Director of International Player and Football Development, Tony managed the NFL’s global involvement in domestic tackle football. His role was to liaise with worldwide football federations in the areas of coach education and grassroots development. He also designed, directed and implemented the strategy for the development of international players for NFL Europe and the NFL.

Tony was part of the league’s development team since serving as a coach for the London/England Monarchs from 1995-98. In 1995, he coached the Monarchs’ defensive line before spending three years in charge of the running backs. In his last NFL season he saw sixteen NFLEL international players on the practice squad of NFL teams as part of the new NFL International Development Squad program.

His playing career included spells with the London Ravens and London Olympians, where he joined the coaching staff in 1991. He became head coach in 1992 and led the team to three British titles and two Euro Bowl championships. He served as Great Britain Head coach in 1995 and took charge of Team Europe for seven years in the Global Junior Championships (a tournament played annually ahead of the Super Bowl.) As Director of Football for the London Olympians, Tony led the programme to 10 consecutive National Championships (1995-2005) and a Euro Cup.

In 2005 Tony became the Director of Football at the newly-established junior programme at London Warriors. They went on to win back to back championships for 3 consecutive years between 2005-2007. He then became Head Coach of the Senior Team and led them to back to back promotions from Division 2 , Division 1, and then to the BAFA NL Premiership. Tony went on to lead the Warriors to 6 Britbowl finals in a row from 2011-2016. Although they came up short in 2011 & 2012, they finally won the first Britbowl in the team’s history - with Tony becoming the first British Head Coach to have won the Britbowl with 2 different teams in 2013. The Warriors went on to win the National Championship a further 4 more times in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Tony has two sons: Marvin played in NFL Europe with Rhein Fire & Frankfurt Galaxy and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (2007) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2006/2008) winning a Superbowl in his final year. His youngest son Jerome who holds the role of QB for Team GB, and achieved MVP in the 2016 European championships. During his time in the British amateur league he has won 7 UK championships, played Junior College in the US and currently plays for Swarco Raiders Austria.