Well, sort of! When the leaders suggested that the patrol leader’s council come up with something a little bit different for this term they certainly didn’t disappoint! “Let’s try American Football” they said. So we got on the phone to Cambridgeshire Cats American Football club and a few weeks later two of their coaches turned up at the troop to put them through their paces.
After a brief introduction to the rules of the game and an all important warm up the troop divided up for a 7 aside round robin tournament where the scouts quickly learned that a game renowned for being very physical had a surprising number of tactics, emphasised by the fact that they were not playing the full contact version. It also became apparent that the biggest players were not necessarily the best as some of the 10 and 11 year olds wriggled past some of their teenaged friends.
A definite success of a night and huge thanks to Giovanni and Darren from Cambridgeshire Cats. They may well have tempted a few scouts into trying out the game for real!