Predators on the grid to bridge 20-year gap

Beware, the Sheffield Predators are getting ready to establish themselves as a major force in the city and bridge a 20 year gap.

Back in the 1980s the Steel City Giants attempted to introduce American Football to the masses. It wasn't to be and the club folded.

The sport was reintroduced at junior level via the Sheffield Tomahawks (open to players from seven to 18 years) but the game at senior level has never materialised again ... until now.

Clive Stephenson, a former player with the Giants, is the man charged with putting the Predators in the spotlight. A recruitment drive has already netted him around 30 players - the bulk of which are from the two University teams - but more are needed if his side is to remain competitive.

While they've become Associate members of the British American Football League, the emphasis this season will be very much on playing friendlies and learning various drills.

"I feel the City of Sport has been without a senior American Football team for long enough," said club chairman Clive. "There's been a good level of interest but more players are welcome to come along to our training sessions at Hillsborough Park on Sundays (noon to 2pm). Kit and helmets will be provided, all they need to bring along are boots or trainers."

The season runs from April to September while the British Championships will again be played at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium. Predators home matches will be played at Westfield Sports Centre.

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