Designed to give you an insight to all the latest news, interviews & goings on in the world of UK American Football. Interact with other readers by using the Facebook comment section at the bottom of each article & share them with your friends & family via Twitter, Google, Facebook & more.

    Football America UK - University All-stars Announced
    Football America UK - University All-stars...
    It returns! After a 10-year hiatus, the University All-Star game has been...
    Dec 19, 2018 6353
    They may be Giants…But they’re still growing
    They may be Giants…But they’re still growing
    The city of Sheffield has a long football heritage, which dates back to the mid...
    Nov 20, 2017 3588
    Sapphire Series 2018 Preview
    Sapphire Series 2018 Preview
    Throughout the months of February and March it’s time for Britball’s Sapphire...
    Jan 23, 2018 3302
    Britballers in Europe
    Britballers in Europe
    It seems like over the last couple of years a large number of the better ballers...
    Mar 12, 2018 3177
    The UK Dukes are Flying the Flag!
    The UK Dukes are Flying the Flag!
    The UK Dukes are Flying the Flag Flag Football is growing exponentially as...
    May 10, 2018 3111
    The Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament
    The Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament
    The Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament Image credits – Sharks v...
    Sep 17, 2018 2792
    The GB Lions - Still Roaring after thirty two years!
    The GB Lions - Still Roaring after thirty two...
    In October this year the GB Lions men’s team travelled to Sweden to play a...
    Dec 18, 2017 2610
    Uniball – Vipers ready to strike
    Uniball – Vipers ready to strike
    With a chill in the air and the nights drawing in, baked bean sales rocketing and...
    Oct 25, 2017 2563
    Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament
    Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament
    Pro Cloud Transatlantic Tournament Image credits Sharks –...
    Aug 16, 2018 2415

    The British Passing Academy

    The British Passing Academy

    The British Passing Academy

    On April 14th I had the opportunity to visit the inaugural event of the British Passing Academy at the Sheffield Hallam University sports facility. The brainchild of well-respected British coach Tom Kharchi, it was an innovative addition to the Britball calendar, and proved to be a great success. In Football, a pass is not much use of course, if there is no-one to catch it! Therefore, the delegates were quarterbacks and receivers in equal measure. The day started with a presentation from Kharchi where he explained what had driven him to set up the Academy, his passion for the game and particularly the passing element shone through as part of an overall strategy to “Grow the Game”. He detailed the structure for the day, which would be a combination of field and classroom sessions, working through fundamental techniques, and on to more advanced theory. There to support him in the delivery were a number of coaches. Headline guest coach for the day was American Zach Shaw, a quarterback and offensive co-ordinator with extensive experience in the States and Europe. Well known for his time with the Potsdam Royals in the German League, he is currently based in Switzerland with the Winterthur Warriors. Leading the receivers group were GB and Merseyside Nighthawks wideout Harry Routledge, along with Sheffield Giants Matt Wade.

    The participants themselves were a diverse bunch, ranging from juniors to seasoned veterans of the game, the thing they all had in common was enthusiasm and a willingness and desire to learn and upskill themselves. Kharchi had deliberately limited the number of attendees to ensure that everyone received detailed individual tutelage and derived value from the day. As I observed the day unfolding, it struck me that events like this have been long overdue in Britain. It was refreshing to see everyone supporting and encouraging each other to learn, and develop their skills. This event wasn’t just for elite level athletes, it embraced players at all stages of their Football Journeys. It won’t be just a one-day “visit” to the academy either, once a member, Kharchi advised that they would receive ongoing support.

    I spoke to Coach Shaw to get his thoughts. “The first BPA camp was an awesome experience, for both coaches and players. The content and coaches, Coach Kharchi was able to put together was top notch. It was an honour to coach such dedicated players. The QB's and WR's who came to the camp showed great focus and work ethic. If they continue with that commitment there's no doubt QB play in the U.K. will be top notch. I look forward to see what the BPA has in store for the future”.

    The Academies next event will be held at the University of Derby on June 16th. Headline guest for this one will be NFL quarterback coach Adam Behrends of the well-respected IMG Academy based in Florida. He has worked with some of the top players including Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. If you are an aspiring quarterback or receiver and are serious about being the best baller you can be, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be in on some elite level coaching and support. The” vision” is to have several events a year to maintain the momentum and quality. I feel that initiatives like this are very positive and everyone should get behind them, Kharchi and his team should be applauded for having the foresight to set up the BPA, and long may it continue. Kharchi reflected after the first event “I was really happy with how the day went. We got some great feedback and the attendees were constantly engaged, asking questions and having fun throughout. It’s been a great start for the BPA and I am really working hard to make this a long term venture. With many future events in the pipeline and planning to make them the best they can be to help grow the game. The next camp is with an amazing coach from Florida, Coach Adam Behrends. He has coached all levels of the game, from NFL down to High School kids. It’s going to be an amazing event and a great opportunity for anyone that wants to get better”.

    Share this page:

    Discuss this article...


    Subscribe to our mailing list to find out about new products, discounts and much more!

    Need Help or Advice?
    Customer Services

    Visit Our Showroom
    Postcode: LE67 9PN

    Return & Exchanges
    Download Returns Form

    Official Blog
    Read all the latest!

    0% Finance Options
    On orders over £350.00