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Cornish Sharks Academy benefits from 21 new coaches

Cornwall Sharks coaches

The British American Football Coaching Association held a Level 1 Coaching course at Truro College on Sunday 9th December which was attended by 21 coaches from the Cornish Sharks Academy of American Football.  All passed with flying colours and the teams in the Academy will all benefit.

Five of the coaches are from the FXU Falmouth Tridents University Team, three from the Penzance Buccaneers, two from the St. Austell Spartans, three from the Junior Varsity Sharks in Newquay and eight are from the Cornish Sharks senior team.  Seven of the new coaches are under 18 years and play for the county team, Team Cornwall which this year became Divisional Champions.

Coach Smallworth, head coach of the Cornish Sharks, Falmouth Tridents and St Austell Spartans and head of the Academy, explained why today was so significant:  "The Academy project has seen unprecedented growth in the past year, with new youth/junior teams, the development of Team Cornwall playing in the national 5 on 5 league, new rookie players in the senior Cornish Sharks team and the successful launch of the FXU Falmouth Tridents University Team.  There are teams in schools and colleges too and I have calculated that there is no less than 140 hours of American Football coaching being given by our Academy coaches each week and so the more quality, trained coaches we have the more we can offer across the county, giving more young people the opportunity to try and to play this wonderful sport.  They can choose between flag or kitted and the aim is to have our own league with teams playing each other regularly without having to travel ridiculous journeys to each game.

"The organisation is Club Marked which means our coaches have to adhere to a strict code of practice and in addition, we insist on all our coaches being CRBd and holding an up to date first aid certificate.  We believe that the only way to ensure the future of the sport is to grow grass root participation and in order to do that, we must all work to the highest standards of best practice to give reassurance to parents, teachers, schools and colleges that we will coach young people to enjoy their sport and to stay safe.  We are immensely grateful to the National Governing Body for their support and to the Coaching Association for travelling to Cornwall each year to train a new influx of coaches.  Without new coaches, referees, volunteers of all sorts, the organization could not maintain the momentum we have been enjoying."