Taster / Rookie Try-Out Session – Milton Keynes

25 Nov

We’re back in Milton Keynes for another off-season try-out session.  Come and join in.

Anyone wishing to have a try of the sport is welcome whether you are 13-19 youth / junior or 18+ .  The session is free of charge, without pads and is aimed at people new to the sport or new to the club.  Please be ready in plenty of time in outdoor sports clothing (3G surface) and bring water to drink.

Taster / Rookie Try-Out Session – Bedford

18 Nov

We’re back in Bedford for another off-season try-out session.  If you want to have a go at the game do come along.  It’s all free!

Anyone wishing to have a try of the sport is welcome whether you are 13-19 youth / junior or 18+ .  The session is free of charge, without pads and is aimed at people new to the sport or new to the club.  Please be ready in plenty of time in outdoor sports clothing (grass surface) and bring water to drink.

Taster / Rookie Try-Out Session – Milton Keynes

11 Nov

Following a successful first dy at Bedford our second off-season Try-Out Session is at Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes on Sunday 11 November at Midday.

Anyone wishing to have a try of the sport is welcome whether you are 13-19 youth / junior or 18+ .  The session is free of charge, without pads and is aimed at people new to the sport or new to the club.  Please be ready in plenty of time in outdoor sports clothing (3G surface) and bring water to drink.

Our coaches will take you through drills which replicate the game so it will be good fun whilst you start picking up game skills.

Please come to as many sessions as you can.  It’s all free of charge!!

Taster / Rookie Try-Out Session – Bedford

04 Nov

The first of our November taster sessions is in Bedford on Sunday 4 November starting at Midday.

Anyone wishing to have a try of the sport is welcome whether you are 13-19 youth / junior or 18+ .  The session is free of charge, without pads and is aimed at people new to the sport or new to the club.  Please be ready in plenty of time in outdoor sports clothing (grass surface) and bring water to drink.

Try-Out Sessions every Sunday in November

11 Oct

Although we are in the off-season there’s no excuse for slacking!

We’re hosting taster sessions for all of you wishing to have a try at the game on every Sunday in November.   Doesn’t matter if you are youth (13-17), junior (16-19) or adult senior or flag (18+) please come along to any or all of them and run through drills and practices with our coaches.  It’s all free of charge and suitable for anyone interested in the game.  Look at the events or ‘Contact Us’ for more details.

NEWS | Cole included in GB U17 squad

18 Apr

Bedford Blackhawks defensive back Liam Cole has been named in the Great Britain Lions U17 developmental squad for the training camps taking place in May and June.

The GB U17 group is the development squad for the U19 team, and is aimed at players who have shown the skills to potentially progress to the U19 squad in the future.

Liam is the first player from the Eagles Academy to be selected for the development squad, and Head Coach Nick Benning said:

“We are all extremely proud of Liam as the first youth player being selected for an international squad. Having only taken up the sport mid-way through last season he has worked a hard on adapting his skill set and understanding the game.

“Physically he already possess no end of talent and we hope to help him develop his knowledge to match this and continue further on his journey. Liam has now set the bar for his team mates and I’m sure he will continue to raise it. Great work Liam!”

Speaking on the BAFA National Teams Facebook page, GB Head Coach Jason Henry said on the trials:

“Over the past decade I have had the chance to see U12 flag right up to U19 kitted and seen the talent we have in flag and U17 kitted programmes across the country. The coaches bought in with the idea of having players ‘grow’ with Team GB and planning success on and off the field.

“Yet again credit must go to the legions of dedicated coaches, volunteers and family members who have given young players the chance to grow and experience Football. The majority of the players attending had ever played football with more than 5 on a team but by the end of the day impressed coaches as the grasped and ran with the format which is 11 man tackle football.

“Congratulations on all the players selected to start the exciting chapter in their Football development.”

Join the Eagles

The Ouse Valley Eagles were formed in 2013 with the aim of becoming one of the leading lights for American Football in the UK.

The 2018 season is almost upon us but it is never too late to join one of our four teams:

  • Ouse Valley Eagles (Adult Kitted, age 18+)
  • Bedford Blackhawks (Adult Flag, age 16+)
  • Bedford Blackhawks (Youth Contact, U17)
  • Milton Keynes Redwings (Youth Contact, U17)

Despite being a relatively new Club, the Eagles are made up of an experienced team of coaching and backroom staff, with more players registering to join each month.

The goal set by our founding committee was to have a club here still winning games in 25 years time, and for our children to be able to play for the same team we did.

That remains the goal today, and we are working every day to make the club bigger and stronger. To register your interest in joining any of the teams under the Ouse Valley banner please complete the form below:

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PREVIEW | Blackhawks set for season opener

12 Apr

The Blackhawks Flag team kick off their 2018 campaign at Weston Favell Academy in Northampton this weekend with games against the Northants Titans Black and Coventry Panthers.

Both sides are new opponents for the Hawks, who go into the season full of confidence and looking for a positive start following a disappointing 2017.

Andy Mattacks and David Avellaneda are set to make their debuts.

The games will be hosted by the Titans and the day also features match ups involving the Coventry Cougars Ladies, Northants Titans White, Rugby Raccoons and Leicester Huntsmen.

Schedule

The first games of the day kick off at 11am, with the Blackhawks taking on the Panthers on Pitch 1 and Titans Black vs Leicester on Pitch 2:

Pitch 1

  • 11am – Coventry Panthers vs Bedford Blackhawks
  • 12pm – Coventry Cougars Ladies vs Northants Titans White
  • 1pm – Bedford Blackhawks vs Northants Titans Black
  • 2pm – Coventry Cougars Ladies vs Rugby Raccoons

Pitch 2

  • 11am – Northants Titans Black vs Leicester Huntsmen
  • 12pm – Leicester Huntsmen vs Rugby Raccoons
  • 1pm – Northants Titans White vs Coventry Panthers
Directions

The games will take place at Weston Cavell Academy, Northampton NN3 3EZ:

Game Coverage

If you can’t make it to Northampton to watch the games we will be providing regular updates via the Blackhawks Twitter and Facebook pages.

See You Saturday

NEWS | Redwings to host joint scrimmage with Blackhawks and Jaguars

15 Mar

This Saturday (17th March) sees the OVE Academy, consisting of Bedford Blackhawks and Milton Keynes Redwings, host the Nuneaton Jaguars in a joint training session and scrimmage.

The Jags are no strangers to the Blackhawks having hosted the Bedford lads on two occasions last season, so it’s only fair that the favour was returned to the fastest growing Youth Teams in the UK.

As part of the session all three squads will do their bit to help raise attention to this year’s Sports Relief and they welcome any interested 13-17 year-olds down to join the training section of the session.

Blackhawks Head Coach Nick Benning can’t wait for the session to begin:

“Much like our own set up, the Jags have had outstanding success going from nothing but a dream 18 months ago to one of the largest youth squads in the UK today.

“We joined Coach Lawrence’s team for two great sessions last year we are looking forward to returning the favour. On the day we will have boys and girls from all three teams working together learning from a variety of Coaches. We will then split down to take part in the kitted scrimmage and give our Rookies a true taste of what the season has in store for them.”

If you are aged between 13 and 17 or know someone who is that wants to take part, feel free to join the team at Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes from 11am on Saturday.

NEWS | Practice cancelled this weekend

02 Mar

Due to the adverse weather conditions training is cancelled this weekend for all four teams:

– Milton Keynes Redwings (U17)
– Bedford Blackhawks (U17)
– Bedford Blackhawks (Senior Flag)
– Ouse Valley Eagles (Senior)

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, we hope to return to our usual practice schedule next week.

Register your interest

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NEWS | 2017 AGM Minutes

08 Jan

The Club AGM, postponed from last month due to the snow, took place on Sunday 7th January at the University of Bedfordshire.

Attended by members, coaches, friends, family and supporters, the meeting covered off elections to the committee for the year ahead, as well as a brief financial update and a look ahead to the upcoming year.

2017 Election Results

All committee positions will be up for election at the meeting, except for the role of Club Chairman which has a two-year term and was elected last year:

– Treasurer (two-year role): Nick Chapman
– Academy Coordinator (two-year role): Mark Chilton
– Flag Football Coordinator (two-year role): Matthew Couldridge
– Communications Manager (one-year role): Vacant
– Child Welfare Officer (one-year role): Jenny Chilton
– 3 x Ordinary Members (one-year role): Gareth Pullen, 2x vacancies

Following the application and election process there is currently a vacancy on the Committee for a Communications Managers and two “Ordinary Members”. Fore more information on the role please get in touch.

To download the public version of the AGM presentation please click here.