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South West Regional BAFCA Coaching Clinic
South West regional BAFCA coaching clinic – Saturday 7th September 
Portway Rugby Development Centre, Bristol BS9 2HS


Full Schedule Here



Venue address and directions can be found below:-

Portway Rugby Development Centre
Sea Mills

Coming from the M5, take the Portway A4 exit at Junction 18 

Coming from the M4/M32, get onto the A4 heading out of Bristol towards Avonmouth.

The plan for the day is to run a mix of classroom-based talks and on the field player development activities. This will allow coaches to see the theory taken from the classroom and into a coaching environment.

For this reason, we are also inviting players to attend the event in order to help us to deliver the on field sessions, but also as an opportunity for their own further development. Again, this will be entirely free.

Therefore, please encourage your players to attend. This is an opportunity to gain some excellent (free) coaching and also means that shared transport will prove more cost effective and sustainable, if small groups travel together. 

Players should bring general sportswear suitable for an unkitted practice session, with footwear suitable for 3G and grass conditions, as well as a packed lunch and water bottle. Coaches Ryan Baker and Nick Burt will be running QB and WR developmental sessions respectively, therefore players at those positions are particularly recommended to attend.

Confirmed speakers for the day are:-

Ryan Baker
Ryan is the Assistant Head Coach at the University of Birmingham Lions in the British Universities American Football League and the Quarterbacks Coach of the student Great Britain National Teams. He is also the founder of the Just Threw It quarterback academy and, in 2013, was named to the IFAF World Team Programme.

At the collegiate level in 2012-13, Ryan helped guide the Birmingham Lions to another undefeated season, which saw them claim the British Universities American Football national championship.

Ryan established Just Threw It in 2012, to push the development of Quarterbacks in the British game. JTI aims to provide the highest quality skills and technique training, exposure to passing concepts, an understanding of how to read the game and an understanding of leadership qualities. JTI aim to provide athletes and coaches the highest level of instruction and information, utilising a personalised service to advance their training programs.

Matt Roberts
Matt is the current President of BAFCA and also Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator of the Colchester Gladiators Adult Team, who have just completed the BAFA Adult regular season with an undefeated 10-0 record. Matt was previously Defensive Coordinator of college football’s Essex Blades, helping turn a winless club around to an 8-0 regular season. Matt was also the recipient of BAFCA’s “Coach of the Year” award in 2009.

Matt’s previous role as BAFCA Director of Development led to his support for more regional coaching clinics around the UK and his strong support of this event taking place in Bristol. He is planning to deliver multiple clinics on the day.

Nick Burt
Nick is currently Wide Receivers coach at the Plymouth Blitz, having also played and coached at the highest levels for over 20 years. Starting his playing days in youth football from the age of 14, Nick went on to star as a Wide Receiver and Kicker for the Great Britain Lions and Birmingham Bulls, as well as playing professional football in the German Football League for both the Dresden Monarchs and Franken Knights. 

Players at the Bristol Barracuda, UWE Bullets and Loughborough Aces have felt the benefit of Nick’s tutelage as a Wide Receivers coach and his effect on the receivers at Plymouth was obvious this past season, as the team compiled a 5-3 record in the competitive SWAC conference. 

Ben Wiltshire
Ben has 12 years’ experience playing and coaching at University and senior level in the UK. Playing predominantly at fullback, his coaching career began as the Running back positional coach at the University of Bath in 2005. In 2010, he also joined the staff of the newly formed Bristol Apache senior league team as offensive coordinator, and in his two years he helped the team transition from associate members and to completing their first full season. 

In 2010, he was promoted to Offensive coordinator at Bath and switched to coaching WR and QB. Since implementing the zone run blocking scheme in 2011, Bath has a combined record of 15-3 in the regular season, including an undefeated 8-0 regular season in 2012 and beating 3-time national champions Loughborough Aces in the playoffs.

Cecil Martin
Cecil Martin is a 5 year veteran of the NFL playing fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a starter with the Eagles, Cecil helped lead the team to 3 NFC East Championships and 3 playoff berths, as well as 2 NFC Championship appearances. While in the NFL Cecil was twice named an NFL Unsung Hero and earned the NFL Ed Block Courage Award, both for community service and leadership.

Today Cecil Martin is a pundit on the SKY Sports NFL programmes , Director of FBU Europe and a speaker for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. Cecil also serves as Ambassador to the London Mayor’s Office Initiative for Mentorship, under Ray Lewis.

The day will begin with the first talk at 10am and run to approx. 5pm. The event is open to all and is entirely free, thanks to BAFCA support. The coaches have been hard at work preparing their talks and confirming timings for the clinic, which are attached. 

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BAFCA Convention 2013 Guest Speakers
The British American Football Coaches Association is delighted to announce that its annual Convention will be held at the fabulous Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre in rural Staffordshire. The Centre, which also hosted the Convention in 2012, will play host to a wealth of high quality guest coaches drawn from the United States and Great Britain.
The 2013 Convention will also see the Annual General Meeting of the Coaches Association on Saturday 6th July 2013 where the membership will elect personnel with a suitable balance of skills, knowledge and experience to the relevant positions within the Association (Election notifications to follow, via
The Convention will be held on the weekend of the Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July.
Schedule can be found here
Further details on the venue can be found here:

You can book your accommodation direct with the venue by ringing them on 01785 762605  

Room Only at £40 +VAT
Bed & Breakfast at £47 +VAT
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at £58 +VAT

 For speakers see below 




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