The Jacksonville Jaguars has announced that JagTag, its non-contact American football initiative created for young people, has been awarded a development grant of £42,902 by Sport England as part of Sport England’s Satellite Club Programme.
JagTag is a non-contact adapted version of American football, played by anyone between the ages of eight and 16, and suitable for all abilities.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be running eight 30-week satellite clubs in London, Surrey and Kent, for young people aged 11-16 as well as a JagTag Summer Camp.
The programmes will be run in partnership with Fulham Football Club Foundation and will seek to continue the progress the Jaguars has made in engaging young people with disabilities, girls, and those from socioeconomic groups that would not otherwise have access to American football.
Established last year, JagTag has already proved popular amongst young people engaging over 3,040 young people of which 45% were girls, 6% young people with disabilities and 75% had been previously inactive.
Jaguars, senior vice president, international development Hussain Naqi said: “It’s an honour for the Jacksonville Jaguars to work alongside Sport England and Fulham FC Foundation to make it easier for young people to get active – and stay active. Our JagTag programme forms part of the Jaguars’ ongoing commitment to raise the profile of American football at the grassroots level in the UK, whilst simultaneously providing young people with a way to stay active and maintain a sporting habit.”
Mike Diaper, executive director community sport, Sport England said: “We’re delighted to be funding the Fulham FC Foundation with National Lottery money to give more young people the opportunity to get active through playing JagTag. Sport England are encouraging as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of physical activity, and is interested in working with projects that can attract underrepresented groups such as girls and women, young people with disabilities and those who face disadvantage.”
Earlier this week Naqi spoke to Sport Industry Group about the Jags' commitment to the UK and its development of grassroots programmes, which will also see the launch of a new university scholarship.