Penzance Buccaneers launch search for new talent
The Penzance Buccaneers youth American football team are celebrating being awarded a generous grant of £500 from the West Cornwall Youth Trust.
The club, formed only two years ago are affiliated to the Cornish Sharks academy, with the aim of helping young local players progress to play for the adult team, the Cornish Sharks, who compete in the National League and play their home matches at Newquay Football Club.
The grant from the West Cornwall Youth Trust will help the Bucanners towards running costs and will also allow the club to accommodate more players.
Earlier this year, the Buccaneers received 20 sets of kit (helmets and pads) from the British American Football Association which have been put to good use. Indeed eight of the Buccaneers team were selected to play for the Team Cornwall youth side during the summer, competing in tournaments across the south of England in the national South West division.
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The Buccaneers won nine of their 12 matches to finish second in the division. As a result they were eligible to enter a play off tournament in London for a chance to play in the national finals. The team needed to win all three games to progress and in the event, they won two and lost one, narrowly missing out on the finals by one touchdown. This was nevertheless an excellent achievement for the Buccaneers as these were the first competitive games for most of the team.
The team also took part in an American themed day at the Survivealive summer camp near Ashton, where they played a demonstration game in front of the young campers (aged 10-14) before everyone was involved in a fun, non contact version (flag) of the game. A great day was had by all.
The Penzance Buccaneers are now looking to recruit more players aged 13-17 to join them, with the ultimate aim of helping Cornwall win the league next season.
The team are hoping to play a flag game against as yet unconfirmed opposition in a fortnightt’s time, followed by a friendly against St Austell Spartans in October or November, with others set to follow against new teams from Newquay (JV Sharks), Camborne (Cobras) and Bodmin (Wolfpack).
The competitive season proper starts in May when the National League gets under way and it is hoped that by that time, all the hard work will have paid off and the Buccaneers will again be well represented in the Cornwall team.
The Buccaneers train every Monday evening at Mounts Bay Academy’s sports centre and play both full contact and flag versions of American football. The sport has a role for all those interested, whether it be catching, running, tackling or throwing.
If you would like to have a go, please come along to training on a Monday night or contact club chairman Martin Cavell on 01736 788871 for details.