‘Positive impact’: NFL stars inspire Chorley Seahawks to Summer Bowl glory

Chorley Seahawks were helped by the Seattle Seahawks’ Neiko Thorpe as they won the annual NFL Flag football tournament in London.

After a year-long national competition to qualify for the tournament, schools from Manchester – Primrose Hill – Leeds, Birmingham and Tewkesbury went head-to-head in a bid to be crowned national champions.

On the day around 1,000 children aged 8-11 were coached and encouraged by six NFL stars, including current Super Bowl champion and Philadelphia Eagles’ Mack Hollins, Oakland Raiders’ Jared Cook, Seahawks’ Thorpe and Tennessee Titans’ Jurrell Casey. The NFL players in attendance will be playing in the NFL London Games in October.

Chorley head coach Ian Oxborrow said: “The kids are delighted to be crowned the national NFL Flag champions.

“NFL Flag has been a great programme to be a part of and we’ve first hand experienced the benefits it has to offer. We hope to be going head-to-head with more schools and reclaim our title next year!”

Jason Brisbane, Head of Community for NFL UK, said: “Summer Bowl has been a huge success and continues the positive growth of NFL Flag in the UK.

“This event is testament to the positive impact American Football can have on children in the UK and a great celebration of this year’s national NFL Flag tournament.

“Congratulations to Chorley Seahawks for being crowned national champions!”

More than 10,000 school children across the UK have been involved in the programme since its launch in 2014, with the NFL and Subway sponsorship aiming to help primary school children develop their characters by focusing on the NFL core values of respect, integrity, responsibility, resilience plus the importance of a healthy lifestyle and getting active through NFL Flag.

NFL Flag Summer Bowl presented by Subway, schools can register interest online at 

NFL Flag Presented by Subway is currently operating in eight cities including London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Gloucester, Peterborough and Cardiff.

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