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Athlete’s Committee update

Monday, November 23, 2020

Details on members of the Committee and how to get in touch

The British American Football Association (BAFA) is delighted to announce the inaugural six members of its new Athlete’s Committee.

The Athlete’s Committee has been created by the BAFA Board to ensure that athletes have a voice in future decision making and that their ideas, thoughts and opinions are communicated effectively with the Board. The Committee is dedicated to working in the best interests of all athletes involved in American football in Great Britain, and is 
responsible to Kenny Bello, Chair of the Athlete’s Committee.

Six members of the Athlete’s Committee can now be confirmed:

Anna Young
Owen Seddon
Jared Gray
Ruth Lewis
Teddy Hope
Will Hobbs

Biographies for each committee member can be found below.

Contacting the Athlete’s Committee

BAFA members who want to get in touch with the Committee can send their views and thoughts to a new dedicated email address: ac@britishamericanfootball.org

Athlete’s Committee biographies

Anna Young
Anna started playing American football with the Wembley Stallions in 2016 as a defensive back but has since developed to be an all-rounder, slotting in wherever needed on both offence and defence. Some of Anna’s achievements include captaining the team through an undefeated season and Division 2 National Championship, helping the team earn promotion to Division 1. With experience playing both flag and tackle football, Anna is passionate about the growth of the game and the development of opportunities for athletes in the UK.

Owen Seddon
Former captain of the Chorley Buccaneers U17s, Owen has been playing American football for five years. In 2018, he led the team to the National Britbowl Final. In that same year, he was selected by Europe’s Elite to attend training camps in America at Ohio State, Louisville Cardinals, Cincinnati Bearcats and Western Michigan Broncos. He was also selected to play for the Great Britain Junior programme and represent GB against the Netherlands, France, and Norway.

Currently studying a Sports Business Management degree at Leeds Beckett, Owen plays for the university in the BUCS Premier League. Whilst attending university, he has also become involved with coaching the Yorkshire Assassins youth programme and is working towards his BAFCA coaching qualifications.
 

Jared Gray
Jared plays wide receiver for the Kent Exiles and is the special teams coordinator and wide receiver coach for City Wolfpack university team. Jared first fell in love with the sport after watching his brother play at a Britbowl Final in Crystal Palace and reading about his uncle who played for the London Monarchs in the 1990s before starting his own playing journey with the Brighton Tsunami.

Jared notes that the sport in Great Britain is growing rapidly and he wants to be part of the process to help it continue to move in the right direction. He wants to be able to represent the vision and views of our athletes across all formats of the sport, to make sure all voices are heard in the development of this great game.

Ruth Lewis
Currently a part of the women’s GB setup for both flag and contact, Ruth has wide experience with many different players, coaches and teams. In her journey to the 2019 IFAF Euros, Ruth played in the women’s Opal, Sapphire, Topaz & Diamond tournaments. Her recent achievements include being awarded MVP for the Cardiff Valkyries’ Sapphire series, joining the committee for the Valkyries & co-founding a women’s flag team.

Ruth has over eight years’ experience as a Business Analyst in software development and over that time has enhanced her strengths in attention to detail, prioritisation, gap and root cause analysis. In her professional career, Ruth has successfully led many projects and client implementations, utilising her solid stakeholder management and communication skills. At home, Ruth divides her time between work, training and family.

Teddy Hope
A member of the Yorkshire Academy Assassins, Teddy has also spent the past three years with the GB U17s programme. Aside from his play on the field, Teddy helps as a General Assistant at Leeds Beckett University as well as assisting with the Yorkshire Rams adult team. He is an avid reader and is currently studying Geography, Maths, Economics and French at A-level.

Teddy looks forward to making a big impact on the game in the UK, by helping to advise BAFA from both a young player’s perspective and that of an organisational figurehead. As such, Teddy will take a leading role in the development of BAFA’s new Youth Focus Group.

Will Hobbs
Will has been playing American football now for 12 years – spanning 11 different programmes ranging from youth, Division 1 senior, BUAFL, BUCS and Premier senior, to Swiss NLA, Germany and both the student and senior GB National programmes. In that time, Will counts himself fortunate to have met, played with and gotten to know so many players and coaches who all love the sport, and want to see improvements and developments in Great Britain.

Will’s time spent playing at different levels at home and abroad give him a unique perspective on how our game differs locally, nationally and internationally. With the best intentions he hopes to engage with, and be a voice for, British American football Athletes and BAFA, to help bring about positive developments and help move our game forward.

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