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The NFL Academy is back and it’s offering young athletes the chance to try out for the program virtually!

How the NFL academy is offering a lifeline for teenagers in London - CNN
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The NFL Academy, in association with Nike and Barnet & Southgate College, has launched a new virtual campaign. They hope to find the next stars of American football to join them for the 2020/21 academic year. They are calling on the next generation of athletes to show off their skills in a new virtual format.

With the international games already cancelled due to the current COVID-19 situation, the NFL Academy has found a unique way to recruit its next intake with a brand-new digital format.

How To Apply

Athletes can apply online and show their skills by competing in four drills to show speed, agility, strength and athleticism. Once these are on video, applicants need to head onto Instagram, tagging @NFLAcademy in the post and using #JoinNFLAcademy. Applications should also visit the website These videos will then be assessed by top coaches from the NFL Academy, including head coach Tony Allen. “We’re asking athletes aged 16 to 18 to, within government guidelines and social distancing, to go to a park with someone from their household and film themselves completing the four drills that we’ve set. These drills are recognised in our industry, similar to those used at the NFL combine. Once these films have been sent to us, we’ll sit down with our coaching staff, evaluate and rank the athletes. Selection will be made on the players’ athletic performance and open spots within the program roster. We’re looking for athletes who are not only good players but good students as well; who are going to work hard both on and off the field. We know there is competition out there as we’ve had more than 500 athletes register their interest already, so we’re excited to see what talent we can bring into the NFL Academy.”

More About The NFL Academy

Opening fully in September of last year, this unique program is a life-changing experience for young people living in the UK to truly develop there American football playing ability. Partnering with Barnet and Southgate College allows these young athletes a chance to stay in full-time education while also pursuing the sport which they love.

The NFL Academy is supported by some of the biggest names in the NFL. This includes London-born two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and his colleague on BBC’s NFL coverage, Jason Bell. Also serving as ambassadors are Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner Patrick Mahomes; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster; British-born running back Jay Ajayi; Carolina Panthers’ London-raised defensive end Efe Obada; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell and England soccer captain and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Tracey McIntosh, Executive Director of Partnerships and Commercial at Barnet and Southgate College said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with the NFL on this great digital initiative during these unprecedented times. We’re the only UK College offering the NFL Academy programme and it joins a number of other sporting academies run by the College, highlighting our breadth of experience in delivering these dual programmes. It’s an excellent opportunity for young, aspiring American football players; giving them the unique chance to train and develop their skills and knowledge of the game whilst also completing a full-time education.”

To track the progress of this year’s tryouts, follow NFL Academy on Instagram and Twitter: @NFLAcademy

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