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The NFL Super Bowl and Yorkshire

Written by Kirsty Jones on

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Sunday the 2nd of February is not only national Yorkshire pudding day, it’s also when our American cousins hold the biggest sporting event in their calendar, the NFL Super Bowl. Each year millions of people tune in to watch the NFL (Americas National Football League) giants battle it out in the most anticipated final of the year, this year it’s the turn of Broncos and Seahawks.

The event is full of the glitz and glamour and with the cheapest tickets being sold within the region of $4,000 it’s an expensive match to attend. For many the half time show is equally as entertaining as the game play, with musical legends like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bruno Mars booked to perform for this year’s show.

Now most people aren’t going to able to attend the final all the way over in the USA but many will stay up late back in the UK to watch the match, with Channel 4 even offering information on how to pull the perfect sickie on the Monday!

The popularity of the sport is rubbing off on us Brits and in recent years the number of British American Football teams has been increasing, even our rugby playing Northerners have picked up the sport. One of our favourite teams are the mighty Yorkshire Rams, who were promoted back into the premiership league in 2012.

The Super Bowl starts at 11.30pm in the UK which might be a bit late for kids to stay up on a school night, but there is an excellent opportunity if they’re staying in Yorkshire over the half term to try their hand at the sport. There’s an American Football camp running at Leeds Metropolitan University for year 9, 10 and 11 pupils. The dates are Monday 17th February and Friday 21st 9am-4pm and the cost is £35 per day. For more information email dale.bottomley@leedsacademyofamericanfootball.com

And as for Sunday’s result… Go Seahawks!

Kirsty Jones

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