Firstly, as Head Coach, I’d like to welcome and thank you for visiting the Stampede, Herefordshire’s American Football team.
As a new team in a sport with ever growing popularity, it’s an exciting time to get involved with the club. It maybe, that you’ve heard or watched the sport on TV or just heard your mates talking about it and wondered what it would be like to play it for yourself.
In my view it’s the greatest team sport there is. Every position carries a great emphasis on being part of a team, no-one is more important than anyone else and you can influence the game from any part of the field and no matter what size you are, be it big or small, or your level of ability, you can play the game. We have coaches that can teach you every facet of the game and the more you put in, the more you will get out of the sport.
Come and have a go
On Sunday 29th July, we are holding a ‘rookie tryout’ day, which is totally free and you can take part in a tailored training session to give you a taste of what it’s like to play the game. Don’t worry, if you can’t make it next Sunday, you are welcome to join any training session afterwards Sundays at 10:30am and Wednesday evenings @19:30pm.
We start at 10:30 at Greyhound RFC on Grandstand Road. All you need to bring is a pair of boots, water and a gumshield (although you can purchase one on the day if required). The only other requirement is enthusiasm.
Once you’ve tried it and gotten involved, we’re confident you’ll get hooked and want to continue being part of the team and develop your skills along the way.
We have had three practice scrimmages against other teams and it’s expected that full officiated games will be taking place by the Autumn so we will get a chance to test ourselves against other teams in the very near future.
Thank you for taking your time to visit our website and I really hope to see you on the 29th and help us build a successful team for many years to come.
Saturday 21st July saw the Stampede descend on Hereford High Town on a recruitment drive for new talent. Players, Coaches and Staff donned their game day gear to publicise the team and hand our fliers to prospective new members. Locals got to try on the pads and helmets and get a taste of what it’s like to play for the Stampede. Youngsters even got to meet the club’s mascot “Stampede Stan” who made a brief appearance for photos and high fives.
Stampede Chairman Stephen Hall commented “It was great chance for us to show the people of Hereford what we are about and persuade people to come along to the rookie days coming up.”
Tuesday 24th July will be an opportunity for Herefordshire ladies to try out on the gridiron, at the first taster session running from 19.30 to 21.00 at Greyhound RFC on Grandstand Rd. This is followed by the Senior team rookie day on the Sunday 29th at the same venue – 10.30 to 13.00.
Interested parties are urged to get in touch via social media or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 18th the Stampede travelled down to Swindon to take part in a joint training session and scrimmage with Swindon Storm and Berkshire Renegade. Being National League Division 2 and Division 1 teams respectively it was the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the intensity of league football and learn from hugely experienced players and coaches. It was also the very first outing for the Stampede’s new electric purple uniforms, supplied by Ridge Sports – a leading European sportswear manufacturer.
The day started with drills in position groups to get players warmed up and started to encourage friendly competitiveness between the three squads. After running through various pre designed scenarios the squads then split to prepare for 11v11 game practice.
First up was Stampede vs Storm where Hereford took the ball on offence to start a drive. Things didn’t go to plan from the outset as the very first snap of the day was a fumbled exchange between Centre Kyle Jones and QB Stephen Hall. The ball was subsequently recovered by Swindon and forced the Stampede defence on to the field. A mixture of aggressive play by the D line and linebackers stuffed a number of runs and forced the Storm to turnover the ball on downs. Stampede’s second offensive series went more successfully. Rushes by Running Back Emile Blenkinsopp, Quarterback Stephen Hall and catches from James Lawrence saw the Stampede move the ball downfield before being stopped on fourth down. The encounter eventually went the way of the Wiltshire side by a score of 3 touchdowns to Nil, but a good showing by the Stampede against a seasoned opposition. Some standout play at Cornerback by JJ Spencer was commented on by coaching staff, as well as some crunching tackles made by Linebacking veteran John ‘Irish’ Bateman.
After a short break it was time to take on Division 1 side – Berkshire Renegades. An outstanding defensive performance from all kept the Renegades out of the end zone. Unfortunately the Offence, despite some hard running couldn’t punch the ball in for a score. The tie ended 0-0 but was a massively beneficial experience to take on such a well drilled squad. Quarterback Stephen Hall noted after the game, “Their Defensive line was very productive, constantly keeping me under pressure and reducing my time in the pocket.”
Head Coach Paul Kent was strangely familiar with surrounding as he returned to his previous hunting ground. Having played Quarterback in Swindon and worked as Offensive Co-ordinator there for some years, friendly banter was exchanged between veteran players and coaches. Kent commented after the game, “I was very pleased with how my guys performed today. To come up against such strong opposition and give such a good account of themselves was quite satisfying.” He added, “We do still have a lot of work to do before I see us being ready for Associate fixtures, but the solid foundation is there. We have some really talented players who will do great things for this club.”
Hereford Stampede are proud to announce Haygrove as our sponsor for the 2018 associate season.
Haygrove are partnered with ECHO to help lift the Eaton Barn site. Hereford Stampede sent some players down to Eaton Barn Community Garden to help with a couple of their outdoor projects.
Eaton Barn Community Garden is run by registered charity ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire. The garden is a key site for ECHO to deliver horticultural activities and experiences for up to eight people with learning disabilities each day. #footballisfamily