How do I join?

Get involved

The Devils are always on the lookout for players, coaches and members of our support team to get involved in the club. Everyone is welcome to join the Devils. When you join the Devils you become part of a community who together, give a commitment to this team, this sport and each other, with no one person being greater than the team. We look after each other on and off the field.

You can register your interest in any of the roles by getting in touch with secretary@norwichdevils.com.

Players

Open to everyone aged 18+, no knowledge of American Football is required – we’ll teach you everything you need to know! There’s no minimum fitness level required (we’ll get you there) and there’s a position on the field for every body type. Don’t worry, no kit is either required – just bring suitable boots, comfy clothes and a gum shield, and we’ll provide the rest. Register your interest by getting in touch or filling out this form here.
 

COACHES

The Devils are currently recruiting coaching staff for the senior and youth teams. Experience is great but none is required, just a a desire to absorb knowledge and get stuck in! 

Support Team

It takes more than just players and coaches to run a club like the Norwich Devils. As we continue to grow, so does the requirement for volunteers who are passionate about American Football to assist with a multitude of roles which will help the Club run smoothly throughout the season.

We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available depending on your skill set, interests and availability.

Youth Football

The Devils are currently redeveloping their Youth program to accommodate the huge surge in demand for participation in the sport in the Norfolk area. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for any updates.

Women’s football

We’re open to all genders and some seriously badass women play with the boys, but if you’d prefer a female-only team, go and chat to our sister team the Iceni Spears. They have been competing nationally in contact and flag football tournaments since 2014.
 

Referees

There’s a shortage of referees in the British American Football leagues, and the British American Football Association are always looking to recruit more into the game. Visit BAFA’s website for more info on getting started, qualification clinics, on-field training, localised support groups and an extensive resource library. Prospective officials are invited to start their involvement in Britball at any time during the season – so there’s no need to wait!
https://www.britishamericanfootball.org/referee/getting-started-in-refereeing
 

FAQ's

If you have previous experience, that’s great. If you don’t, then don’t worry, that’s fine. Many of our players had not even seen a full game of American Football before they tried out for the Devils. We will teach you everything you need to know.

We have two main training sessions through our preseason and competitive season. The main one is Sunday afternoons. Training starts promptly at 1pm. So to give you time to complete any final paperwork and get kitted up, we recommend that you
arrive at the field approx. 12.15pm. Squad training then kicks off and the session normally finishes approx. 4pm. We also have a session on Thursday evenings which is largely classroom based and walkthroughs outside. These sessions start at 6.30pm.

  • A gum shield – Any colour is OK for the Rookie sessions if you already have one, but after that it is BAFA regulations that gumshields must not be black, white or clear. If you do not have one and are unsure where to get one, then please ask.
  • Studded boots.
  • Sports clothing – Make sure it’s something you don’t mind getting muddy. And something to get changed into afterwards.
  • Hydration – We will be providing plenty of water during practice. But you may wish to bring something for before and after
  • If you have played before and have your own kit, then you are welcome to bring it. But please show the coaches so they can make sure they are happy with it for safety reasons.

We are located in the grounds of Thorpe St Andrew High School, Pound Lane, NR7 0XS.

To help us stay on good terms with our neighbours, please do not park on Pound Lane. You can either park in the school car park, or the Cricket Club / Town Hall car park as shown on the map. For rookie taster events, we will have signs out directing you to the field, so look out for those.

Also, please be aware that the changing rooms are open to all the sporting teams using the school grounds. So please do not leave anything in the changing rooms. You can leave your kit either in your car or on the side line. Please be aware that
the Club cannot be held responsible for equipment left on the field. Once you are changed (unless you are happy to get changed on the side line) then please make your way to the field as shown below where your Coaches will meet you.

As a rule, we play and train whatever the weather, come rain, wind or shine… or sleet, hail or snow for that matter. As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment choices. If you would like some advice on what kit will make life that little bit easier in both the heat or the cold, then just ask a Coach. One quick bit of advice that it is usually worth lining your kit bag with a bin bag in wet weather, as your bag will be left on the sideline exposed to the elements. Should there be very severe adverse weather (such as flooding or very heavy snow) that forces us to cancel a session, then we will announce this via our social media or internal club communications.

Your first three sessions are free. This gives you a chance to try out the sport and decide if you want to become a Devil.

Once you have decided that you want to join the club as a player, you will have to be registered with the British American Football Association (BAFA). This currently costs £50 per season.

The annual Club Membership as a player costs £245* and there is a monthly direct debit option available. This pays for all your core training and gameday costs**. To keep life simple when you join the Devils this is on a rolling membership agreement and you can either pay for the full year in advance or pay your membership fees by direct debit each month over 12 months*.

Please not that this is a membership fee and covers the cost of running the club. It does not guarantee game time: game time is based on attendance, fitness, skill, tactical requirements of the game and attitude.

Most players quickly buy their own kit, but we have a full range of equipment you can rent from the club for a small extra fee. But for members freshly joining the club, these fees are waived for your first season to help you figure out what works best for you.

*T&C’s apply
** If you would like more detail, please email secretary@norwichdevils.com