American Football performance athletes

American Football

The American Football programme at UWE Bristol prides itself on providing an environment where you'll be supported to achieve your performance goals while studying at the University.

The sport

You'll be joining a group that consistently competes to become British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Champions and won the Southern Conference Championship in the 2018–19 season. The University has a rich tradition of American Football and won the 2007 British Universities American Football League (BUAFL) Championship, which preceded BUCS

Several players have represented Great Britain at a senior level. Each year, the programme has postgraduate All-Americans from prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools choosing to be part of the Team UWE Bristol American Football experience through the UWE Bullets team. Follow the team on Instagram to get a feel for the environment you'll be stepping into. 

The experience 

You’ll receive elite-level coaching throughout your time with the programme combined with sport-specific facilities for training. As American Football is one of the Performance Sports at UWE Bristol you could get additional support to help you to excel.

Training and competition 

View a sample of the weekly in-season schedule:

Monday Strength and conditioning
Tuesday Two-hour training session
Wednesday morning Strength and conditioning
Wednesday afternoon Classroom session – film breakdown
Thursday Two-hour training session

All games are played at weekends. There are eight fixtures in the BUCS American Football South Premier League, followed by the BUCS Playoffs.

The coach

Coach Dan Maher heads up the programme at UWE Bristol and is one of England’s finest American football coaches. Since joining UWE Bristol he has shifted the culture at the club and has imprinted his coaching philosophy on the programme. He firmly believes in an athlete-first approach – empowering the individual to be accountable for their actions on the pitch and to their teammates. When you play for Team UWE Bristol American Football you must agree to live by the 'CDA' philosophy spearheaded through Coach Dan’s leadership:

  • Can I trust you?
  • Do you care about me?
  • Are you committed to excellence?

Get in touch

Want to know more? Email performancesport@uwe.ac.uk.

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