Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Solent Thrashers American Football are fully amateur sports club based in Southampton, Hampshire - offering the opportunity for all players of any age or ability within the community to enjoy the benefits of one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

We're a well-established American Football Club, with over 250 members from players and coaching staff to volunteers. Last year, with help from Aviva Community Fund we were able to increase our player equipment in number, quality and training equipment to ensure the club members had the opportunity to develop in a safe environment. We have seen the benefits of this with the team reaching the Div. 1 South National Final.

American Football not only helps players to increase their strength and fitness levels, relieve stress and promotes a positive mental health state; it also helps instill a great work ethic and sense of teamwork.

Adrenaline has been shown to help reduce stress and the rushes that players get from American Football can lead to being calmer and less prone to depression or aggressive behaviour outside of Football.

The intensity and variety of speed and movements involved in American Football provides an excellent way for players to build long term fitness and burn fat. Since players are constantly moving around and keeping active, this means that many people do not even notice they are working out and getting fitter, faster and stronger. This also often stops them from getting bored and giving up.

The high intensity of American Football helps maintain healthy endorphin levels and can lead to more stable moods. Many people suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety have been known to use exercise to naturally alleviate their symptoms.

Sport has an amazing way of bringing a positive impact to the local community and society. Sports and recreation are the center of strong and thriving communities. Sport participation encourages team building, social interaction and the bonding of all those involved. This helps to develop a stronger concept of community identity and pride. American Football is centered on inclusiveness; it is a sport for all players of any shape, size, age, ability or background. The values it imparts on individuals go far beyond football – they are important in life. In many ways it is a microcosm of life. It teaches people how to overcome adversity, to stay focused on an objective, and allows them to taste success at varying levels. When players step onto the field with their teammates, it builds a powerful bond. Football is a uniting force and allows players to learn important lessons that they can carry with them for the rest of their life.

Although American Football in the UK is fully amateur, the match officials and medical support are all professional and cost money. These factors along with the costs of running of the club (training/game-day facilities, team kit, travel etc.) on top of safety equipment for one of the toughest and most physical sports means that the club is always looking for help and support to offer the best possible value for club members.

The Solent Thrashers are looking to invest in several different avenues to help grow and develop American Football in the local community. This includes, but not limited to:

New Uniforms: Ensuring all players wear exactly the same kit making the team look crisp and professional;
Player Equipment: New equipment will make the sport a more appealing option by reducing the financial constraints;
Training equipment: Success starts on the training field, so including items for strength training, throwing equipment, hurdles and agility equipment, field cones and tackling dummies helps to allow all players to develop to their maximum potential.

Please help and support the Solent Thrashers to boost and promote our great community led amateur sports team, looking to develop and grow an already evolving minority sport on the South Coast.

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Solent Thrashers American Football

Moment of Pride

American Football is a sport for everyone! Whether you are 5'2" or 7'2", 8st or 28st., there is a place for you. It's far more inclusive than most sports and encourages cooperation among players of all different backgrounds. It promotes an ethos of teamwork, commitment, strategy, unity, and strength

Location: Southampton