Matt has the Bulldog spirit
10:38am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
GROWING up in a family mad on American Football meant that as soon as he was able it was one sport Matt Blinkhorn was destined to try.
Now, having just turned 20 he’s off to East Carolina University to spend a year studying business and will be spending time with the college football team.
“When I was a little child dad promised to take me to games up and down the country.
“We would follow the UK game that dad also coached and we never missed the University final.
“From being little I was always throwing an American Football about”.
At the age of 15 Matt started playing for the Bolton Bulldogs youth team at quarterback (the guy that throws the football) and had trials for the GB side.
He then played at Manchester Metropolitan University as a freshman. Like most universities in Britain there is an exchange program with others around the world.
Matt applied and managed to get one of the few prestigious places. He said: “In July I got to meet Hal Mumme a famous American College football coach at the UK coaches convention.
“Dad had been discussing football over the internet with him and had met him previously.
“Meeting someone so famous in the sport was a big highlight for me.
“He’s also linking me up with the team at East Carolina and coach Lincoln Riley, so hopefully I’m going to be a bit more involved than most.
“However, dad says I also have to study hard for my business degree. “Being on the Bulldogs team was great.
“I made many friends who now play all over Britain and it’s thanks to my dad and his coaching staff at the Bulldogs who taught us the fundamentals needed to play. I now appreciate how hard it is for those guys I see on TV.”
The British game is now thriving and there is good news for local teenagers as the Bolton Bulldogs youth team will be re-forming in September.
Anyone aged 13 to 18 who wants to learn the game and play in the British Youth League should get in contact by e-mailing the coaches at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the sports and inclusion team via Bolton council.