COVENTRY school children will compete in the NFL Flag Regional Qualifier at Coventry Rugby Club’s Butts Park Arena on Wednesday (June 7).
The event is one of 18 qualifiers taking place across the UK with boys and girls to play the game together.
And the winning side will progress to the NFL Flag National Championship where the top-12 primary and secondary schools in the country will go head-to-head at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 28.
Chris Long, NFL Head of Community and Grassroots Development, said: “We have been running the NFL Flag programme for six years now and we have regional qualifiers taking place across the country,
“It’s clear how popular the sport is becoming. As a player myself and now working for the NFL, it is great to see the commitment to actively grow the game of NFL Flag.
“The qualifiers are a great opportunity for young people to engage in high level competition and I’m looking forward to seeing lifelong participation and maybe even progression to the highest level for some of these athletes.”
One of the fastest growing sports globally, more than 20 million people play NFL Flag in over 100 countries.
Since the birth of the NFL Flag programme in 2017, the format of the game has quickly become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.
Some 470 schools take part in NFL Flag with 28,000 players in 26 regions across the country.