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Lightning American Football team looking to Linc up with new players

The area's newest American Football team is looking for new players, as it begins its first year in a competitive league.
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South Lincs Lightning is progressing nicely in what is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and is actively recruiting for the challenges ahead from its base at Bourne Rugby Club.

The team has two female players including team manager Tanya Dales, who said: "We are just looking to publicise ourselves; the last men's team that everyone talks about was the Saxons, and they folded years ago.

"Last year we ticked all the boxes to become officially registered with the British Association and we're continuing to build our community as we go into our second year and first year of a competitive league.

"We were underdogs but we showed we mean business last year, and now we want to progress further forward."

The Lightning's first game last week was against the Humber Warhawks, and they fell to an away defeat against an established side with twice as many players in its squad.

That will probably be the story for much of this season, against sides such as Lincolnshire Bombers, Doncaster Mustangs and Scunthorpe Alphas, who they play this Sunday at 2pm in their first home game.

Tanya, who has been selected for the training team for Great Britain meaning that she has been mingling with the best players from across the UK, said: "There is a real team spirit.

"I was the only female until this year, but the players are all like family. It doesn't matter what size or shape you are and there are no egos.

"You can have players who are 4ft 11 and 9st, and players who are 6ft and 20st, and they would both enjoy it."

The team has vacancies in the playing staff and coaching, and trains from 12pm to 3pm on Sundays.  Players come from as far afield as Oakham and King's Lynn, and lifts are often available.

To find out more about the Lightning, and also the women's Peterborough Royals Team, click here or here

The Royals have a friendly against Wembley Stallions on April 23 at home & their home tournament this year is at June 18 at Lions Rugby Club in Bretton.