Women’s first practice is a job well done
Under the due care and attention of Head Coach Jamie Kilby and assistant coach and Defensive Coordinator James ‘Brian’ Branagh, 23 girls – from a variety of backgrounds: professionals, students and all ages alike (18+) – experienced, for some, their very first taste of American Football.
The coaching staff, with help from guest coaches (and players from the men’s Lions’ side) were able to lead the ladies through the basics, to an offense and defense, through drills and skills so by the end of the first two hour session a small practice scrimmage could be held.
“It was great to see so many new faces” commented Lions and Great Britain Quarterback, Jo Kilby “…and so many girls embracing with enthusiasm, for most, what is a totally alien sport.”
From rookies to internationals, Birmingham Lions have been able to welcome a little of everything and everyone to the team so far – complete sport novices, marathon runners, cyclists and horse riders to what is currently a bit of a main-stay, our local (and not so local) rugby players – and with practices scheduled for Saturday’s girls that are willing, can play both sports without compromising either, something the organisation was keen to accommodate.
The team’s focus now turns to embedding said Saturday mornings as the Lions key training session with Thursday sessions also kicking off (16th Jan) to compliment…and as demand is appearing to happily dictate.
Image with thanks to Garry Charles Photography and © MyLonelyTreeMedia.