Big turnout at festival for Swindon Storm

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Swindon Storm American Football team held a four team youth tournament on Saturday as part of Stratton St Margaret’s July 4th celebrations.

Youth American Football is a fun five on five version of the full kitted game and it quickly teaches young players the basics of the sport and gives them the chance to experience all the big runs, catches and tackles of the 11-man game.

Swindon Storm head coach, Steve Bennett said: “We had nearly 30 children aged 14-17 here today from Swindon, Chippenham and Gloucester.

“The Stratton Summer Festival is always a great success with thousands attending so we’ve definitely attracted more players to sport after they saw us in action today.

“Today is part of a wider development programme running across the County,” explained Bennett.

“Our August tournament will be in Chippenham and I expect the number of players to be nearly 50.

“From there we’ll run a series of after schools clubs in September culminating in a County wide league from October to christmas.

“The five on five teams will then merge to create our 11-man 2016 Bristol Academy Community League side.

“The BACL is a regional league with teams from Gloucster, Bath, Cardiff and Weston. Swindon’s first ever entry into the league made the 2015 BACL final in May which was a great achievement.”

For more details of Swindon Storm American Football Club visit their website here www.swindonstorm.org

View our picture gallery from the event taken by James Booth below.