The Antrim Jets formed a youth team in 2018 and will compete in the league for the first time when they are one of the hosts for game week 1 next Sunday. It is an exciting time for the IAFL 2 side, having prepared for so long, they are now ready to take on IAFA Youth League.
How are preparations for the youth season coming along?
“The players and coaches are looking forward to it and are eager to see their hard work pay off.”
What do you hope to achieve this season?
“We hope to give the players experience in full contact football and to prepare them for the next step into senior football.”
How important is youth football to your clubs’ overall football programme?
“We feel that youth football is vital as it teaches the fundamentals to the youth players and ensures a steady flow of experienced players into the senior team.”
What key points do you emphasise to your players?
“Play safe, play fair, play hard. But most importantly, have fun.”
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting to play American football?
“It is the greatest team sport in the world. You’ll make lifelong friends and learn how to be disciplined and a team player.”
Join The Antrim Jets
The Jets youth team trains every Sunday at the Antrim Forum, from 1pm to 3pm. Players only need boots & gumshield as the team supplies the rest. Contact the Antrim Jets Youth Team Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.