People from south Cumbria are being invited to try their hand at American football.

Morecambe Bay Storm are holding taster sessions for recruits ahead of the new season starting.

This year the team was joined by players from the Furness Phantoms to form a sustainable and competitive regional club.

The Storm represents the geographical regions of north Lancashire and south Cumbria.

The team is made up of players from west Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Fylde coast, as well as the Lancaster and Morecambe areas.

The Storm’s upcoming opponents for the 2021 season will be the Leeds Bobcats, the Crewe Railroaders and Staffordshire Surge.

Their season kicks off in April and concludes with regional play-offs in September.

From January the Storm will be starting their pre-season preparations with regular training sessions being held at their home ground venue, the Trimpell Sports and Social Club, in Morecambe.

The Storm hope to start a women’s team and an under-18 team in the near future, with both formats of the game witnessing huge growth across the UK.

The club has a qualified and experienced group of coaches, led by head coach Scud Fairhurst, who will take charge of training.

Scud has more than 30 seasons’ worth of experience in the coaching community and university American football, which he has transferred into a successful career as a coach.

The taster sessions will be held at Trimpell Sports and Social Club on January 10.

Activities will include ball carrying, catching and passing the ball.

There will be introductory drills to give potential players a taste of the skills an American football player would use in their playing position.

Scud said: “Even if you don’t want to play but you love the game or are intrigued by it, come down to the training sessions as the Storm is always looking for non-playing support and fans to assist in the operational running of the club including game days.

“The Storm offers coaching across all playing positions and you will receive one-to-one instruction, support and mentoring.

“I believe in bringing a high energy, effort and enthusiasm to team practices and on game days which creates a dynamic and enjoyable experience with an emphasis on ‘player-centred’ in training.

“At present the club is implementing strict Covid-19 protocols to provide a safe environment for everyone who attends training and to facilitate this please bring your own supply of drinking water, a face mask, hand gel and footwear suitable for a grass pitch.”

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