Established in 1984 the UH Sharks are one of the founding members of British University American Football alongside Stirling and Strathclyde University. The Sharks however lost the very first British University American Football game 12-0 to The University of Stirling. Former Shark, Tom Bell was responsible for the creation of the British Collegiate American Football League (BCAFL) which was compiled of Teesside University, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle University and The University of Hull. The Sharks went undefeated in the inaugural season winning the Division and then claiming the very first College Bowl trophy, before going on to dominate the rest of the 80s. Nowadays The Sharks play in the BUCS Division 1 North, of which they were divisional champions in 2016/17 and joint champions on points in 2017/18 before losing out due to an inferior games against record. The Sharks compete in the division alongside Newcastle, Northumbria, Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier University which leads to a couple of exciting away trips across the border. Off the field The Sharks are very much a tight-knit group who place a huge emphasis on the team becoming more of a family. This was clearly demonstrated when 300+ current and former players attended the 2017 “Old Boys Weekend” held at The Deep. The Sharks social every Wednesday at TOFT’s along Newland Avenue as well as being ever so present on Piper Monday’s. The Sharks also host NFL Sundays at TOFT’s meaning that whether you are interested in playing American Football or just watching and discussing the sport, we are the team for you! The Sharks train up to 3 times per week, usually Tuesday and Friday evenings and Sunday Mornings. The Sharks are also regulars in the gym, usually attending group strength and conditioning sessions to prepare us for the long season ahead. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced player, a complete novice who wants to play a different sport or if you are just interested in American Football and the NFL, The Sharks can be the team for you.
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