Recruitment Update: March 2015

Following a strong recruitment drive and the constantly growing popularity of the sport, the Oxford Saints currently have 62 players signed on for the 2015 season.

We are excited that we have drawn a great mix of experienced players and rookies alike. The coaching staff are hard at work each week getting the team ready to compete in our new division.

Alongside a large number of local players from the Oxford area, we have also attracted athletes with experience playing for existing teams, including Shropshire Revolution, Farnham Knights, Edinburgh Wolves, Solent Thrashers and France’s Dauphins de Nice.

A large squad comes with many benefits. One of the biggest is that it encourages competition and breeds improvement, as players work hard to impress their coaches and demonstrate their abilities.

It also allows the coaching staff the flexibility to utilise different personnel combinations, rotate players to maintain freshness and to have a contingency plan in the event of injuries.

Veteran Wide receiver Sam Armstrong (pictured) is also returning to us after being out for several seasons due to work and injuries. We’re excited to have back one of our most accomplished receivers and look forward to seeing him in action again in 2015.

“It’s great to be back playing football with the saints again. I’m training hard to get my mind and body back to where it was before and itching to get in that first game! I’m also very excited to see what this years rookie class can do…”

Sam Armstrong #81

With just a few weeks to go until our pre-season game against Sussex Thunder, it won’t be long until the team steps onto the field for it’s first contest against an established and experienced opponent.

Besides playing and coaching, we are also looking for passionate individuals who wish to help out in other areas. It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to run a successful American Football club and there are lots of opportunities available.

In particular we are looking for volunteers to join our game day crew. This will involve setting up the pitch and assisting the league officials in refereeing the game. (One task involves standing besides an official and looking after the spare footballs, which is a great way to get a front row view of the game!)

If you are interested in helping out on the big day and experiencing some American Football up close in Oxford, send us a email to [email protected].