AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Storm looking to expand into Chippenham

Swindon Storm held a taster session in Chippenham over the weekend

Swindon Storm held a taster session in Chippenham over the weekend

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SWINDON Storm are looking to expand into Chippenham following a successful taster session this weekend.

The club hosted the event on the Stanley Park 3G pitch, with a host of prospective players coming down to experience the sport for the first time.

Storm coaches were on hand to teach proper blocking and tackling techniques over two days in Chippenham, with a host of players from the town’s rugby club coming down to join in the sessions.

Head coach Steve Bennett was pleased with how the weekend went, admitting the club are keen to make the most of what Chippenham has to offer.

“I believe that Chippenham is a bit of an untapped resource in terms of American football in Wiltshire because there is a good sized population there who like their sport,” he said.

“We’re looking to expand the sport into hubs around Wiltshire and hopefully Chippenham can be one of those.

“We’re going to offer youth programmes there and as the Sport England funding rolls in we can expand further. This was the first of the sessions we’ve run with Sport England equipment which we’ve bought with the grant money and it was really good.

“We’re going to be running a few more tasters and it was good to see so many Chippenham RFC players down and they took to it like a duck to water.

“They were soon knocking our players around no problem at all and they loved it so hopefully we can move things on.”

Chippenham rugby player Ryan Surry enjoyed the day. He said: “Great summer sport with some easily transferable skills, great contact and overall a good weekend.”

Nick Ashton, another rookie who attended the event, added: ”It’s a great way for anyone to keep in shape and take part in some hard hitting contact, weekend well spent.”

Next up for Storm is their first ladies flag football session at Greenbridge Road from 11am on Saturday, before the men’s team play Solent at Supermarine on Sunday.

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