The Birmingham Lions are a five-time national championship winning American Football programme whose players range from Great Britain internationals to those who have never played the game before. Last season’s outing to Leeds for the BUCS Finals were the sixth in as many years for the team, maintaining their reputation as one of the premier university teams in the UK.

One of the greatest strengths of the Lions is their ability to identify raw talent and take players with no prior American Football experience and develop them into elite level athletes. This takes place through the combination of high level coaching and the Lions’ partnership with the University of Birmingham’s High Performance Centre. The team boasts high profile and strong media coverage, having caught the attention of Sky Sports and attracted thousands of spectators to the flagship match day event called xpLosION year-on-year.

Successes And Achievements

  • 2014 National Championship Runners Up
  • 2014 MAC Champions
  • UBSport Development Club of the Year 2014
  • 2013 National Championship Winners
  • 2013 MAC Champions
  • Finalists for Team of the Year for the City of Birmingham 2013
  • UBSport Team of the Year 2013
  • 13 players selected for the Great Britain Student team (the most from a single university)
  • 6 players selected for the Great Britain Adult team

Interesting Facts

  • The Lions’ annual opening fixture xpLosION attracts 3,000 spectators and is the biggest university sporting event outside of the boat races. It often attracts attention on National TV
  • Linked to the University of Birmingham Pussycat Cheerleading squad
  •  Head Coach Wayne Hill is the Great Britain Senior team defensive coordinator and a coach for the IFAF World Team
  • We’ve made 6 straight national championship games
  • Consistently provide GB standard players, more than any other university
  • The Lions have set up a Womens and Junior Team in the 2013/14 Season – The Lions Women Won the “Sapphire Series” National Championship and the Junior team is currently unbeaten
  • Prior to the National Championship game we were given a 30 minute video chat with Pete Carroll (Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks)

Key Alumni

  • James Brazier – Wide receiver for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe
  • Kyle Burrows – Coach at University of Virginia Spiders
  • Dan Conroy – Starting running back for Great Britain Lions