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News - The Phoenix Nest

News - The Phoenix Nest

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2020/21 Season Begins Sunday 6th September

Posted on 3 September, 2020 at 4:05

Sunday 6th September sees us return for our 5th year :D we will also begin our Cheerleading program as the club continues to look to develop and offer more to our local and wider community.

At present we are still under Covid restrictions but are hopeful that these will ease soon and allow us to be able to run more normal training sessions to ensure we are giving our players the maximum possible development opportunities. 

We have worked hard to set our club and thi...

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Cheerleading Program Starts Sept 6th

Posted on 18 August, 2020 at 13:40

We are delighted to be able to confirm that our new Kent Phoenix Cheerleading Program will get under way on Sunday 6th September at Shepway Youth & Community Centre, Cumberland Avenue, Maidstone. There will be two groups running with each session being 90 minutes long. Group 1 will start at 1000 and finish at 1130 with Group 2 running from 1130 until 1300.

We have been very lucky in recruiting Coach Kylie to lead our program and are delighted she has agreed to form this ...

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Coaching Team Keeps Growing

Posted on 3 August, 2020 at 9:55

Since we started our program we have worked hard not just to recruit players, purchase specialist training equipment and improve our facilities. We have worked hard to expand our coaching staff and improve their knowledge, confidence and experience to ensure we are able to provide the best possible teaching, development and support our players need.

Over the past few years Coaches Lee, Marc, Ian, Dee and Matt have done a fantastic job and in addition we have welcomed BAFCA L...

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Help Us Help Our Club with Give To Local

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 15:10

We are delighted to be able to announce our partnership with @givetolocal This will provide even more ways in which we can help raise funds for our club.

Its quick and easy, first download the app or visit our websites donate page.

Register, select which Phoenix team you wish to support and donate. You can give as much as you want (£3 minimum) as often as you want to. In return you will find offers from...

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2020 Flag Season Cancelled

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 4:05

@bafaofficial have today confirmed the cancellation of Youth and Flag National League competitions for the 2020 season. All Contact Football Competitions had already been cancelled. This is not entirely unexpected news and we had already made the decision not to enter into these Flag competitions for this season in any case.

We will continue to plan and run Covid safe training for all age groups as we have done since the guidance changed and allowed us to do so.

BAFA will be submi...

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Funding Success....

Posted on 28 November, 2018 at 4:25

Thank You All So Much….

Owing to your fantastic support we gained enough votes to be successful in securing our funding from the Aviva Community Fund. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to register their votes for us.

Our award of £1000 will enable us to continue to develop our club, the equipment and facilities we offer in order to continue to engage young people in a positive activity. This will also help support the clubs...

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Alumni News

Posted on 21 November, 2018 at 0:35

Being part of the Phoenix is more than just about playing with us, we are just a small part of what we hope will be a much longer involvement within the sport. As such we hope that the time spent with us enables players to progress and be successful at higher levels.

This year is the first year we have seen players move on from us and this year 4 of our players are part of University Football. Not to mention of course the current GB U19 squad players.

During the course of this sea...

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Phoenix Shortlisted For Award

Posted on 14 November, 2018 at 3:40

Thank You…..

We say thank you a lot but we have a lot to be thankful for. The attitude of our players, commitment of our coaches, support of our parents and volunteers. In the past couple of years we have achieved a great deal through hard work and a positive approach to our development. We have continued to grow and improve our organisation, offering more development and progression than ever before and are committed to continuing this in the future.

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Eastbourne Development Event 18th November 2018

Posted on 12 November, 2018 at 4:30

Sunday 18th November 2018 sees the Kent Phoenix travel to Eastbourne to take part in a joint training and development event. Working with the Hellingly Hound Dogs and East Kent Mavericks our players will be able to put their skills to the test while focusing on skills development.


As part of our preparation for BAFA National league competition next year this event will be an important development opportunity and we look forward to a fun and engaging event.

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Eastbourne Development Event 18th November 2018

Posted on 12 November, 2018 at 4:15

Sunday 18th November 2018 will see the Kent Phoenix take part in its first Development event of the year. As part of our plans to progress into the BAFA National Leagues our players will make the trip to practise and play against players from Hellingly Hound Dogs and the East Kent Mavericks.

This event will see us participate in joint drills and scrimmages and is a key part of our development plans allowing players to put their skills to the test against other teams in a fun...

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U12 Cadets Get New Shirts For 2018/19

Posted on 12 November, 2018 at 3:50

We are delighted to reveal the new kits our Under 12 Flag team will be wearing for the 2018/19 season.

Designed and produced by our new supplier Nuola we couldn't be more delighted with them. Keeping the camo theme typical with our previous shirts we consulted with the players to get their input on the final design. Moving to a Grey/Black colour gives our Cadet team its own identity within the organisation and ensures they stand out during training or events. The addition of...

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Planning For 2019

Posted on 1 November, 2018 at 6:05

With training in full swing the Kent Phoenix are looking forward to 2019.

Having settled in to our new facility at Shepway Green our focus is now turning towards the 2019 Season. While we still have to get through the Great British Winter next spring offers a number of opportunities for our players to put their skills to the test.

The Board and Coaching staff a putting together a packed schedule that will see all our age groups play competitive football to help their skills develo...

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Phoenix Join Parlimentary Group For American Football

Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 13:35

Kent Phoenix were today welcomed as the first American Football club to join the newly reformed Parliamentary All Party Group for American Football. The group which has had an extended hiatus due to Elections is formed principally of Members of Parliament with the aim to looking at issues and finding way to develop and promote the sport in the United Kingdom. In its new guise there is scope for member of the public, organisations and clubs to become members of this group, in doing so they wil...

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Phoenix U17's Enter The Fray

Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 4:45

Last September the Kent Phoenix formed and one of its key goals was to push forward with its development of an Under 17's team to play in the BAFA National League. Youth Kitted Football has not been played in the county town for a number of years, aside from a couple of practice/demonstration events, and in order to promote and sustain a Youth only American Football Club participation within the National League is key as it provides the only opportunity for our U17's to play competitively.

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Funding The Future

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 6:00

The Kent Phoenix are delighted to confirm the award of £10k from Sport England following a successful Small Grants Funding application. The application which was submitted with support from American Football Development Ltd (AFD) is a significant step forward for us and a vindication of the hard work carried out by s...

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Getting Started

Posted on 18 October, 2016 at 21:20

Setting up a sports team is not an easy business, setting up an American Football club even less so, make that a youth based organisation and the hoops and hurdles you need to climb through and over multiply exponentially.

When a determined number of coaches and parents got together to map out the future progress of a group of young people who had already shown great commitment and development, but who needed more focus and support, it became clear j...

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FOOTBALL - The first O provides Opportunity

Posted on 12 October, 2016 at 7:45

As touched upon previously I first got involved in the sport in the late 80's interest was high but access to involvement was a challenge, teams came and went popping up and disappearing as seasons came and went. I remember once heading off on holiday with my parents and stopping off somewhere on the South coast for lunch, it was a small pub but overlooked a sports centre and as I ate I watched seemingly hundreds of men in full battledress doing jumping jacks and counting at the top of their ...

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The F in Football stands for FUN!

Posted on 4 October, 2016 at 9:35

I first got excited by American Football in 1984, turning on the TV and seeing the Raiders play the Dolphins engage in a battle of human chess, I didn't know what was going on but I knew I had never seen anything like it before. Little wonder then that I grew up and remain a Chicago Bears fan! The sport hooked me straight away and even though all I had was a hours weekly fix on Channel 4 (God Bless 'em) it didn't take long to start to pick up the basics of the game and some of the more intric...

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The Phoenix Rises

Posted on 5 September, 2016 at 7:40




Welcome to the home of the Kent Phoenix, the South East's first Youth dedicated American Football Club. we aim to offer continued opportunities for young people aged 8-18 to get involved in our sport.



We currently run teams in 3 age categories, Under 11 Flag Football, Under 14 Flag Football and Under 17 5v5 Kitted Football. We have a dedicated staff who work hard to ensure our players receiv...

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