American Football


We take pride in providing an environment where you'll be supported to achieve your performance goals while studying at the University.

You'll be joining a group that consistently competes to become British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Champions and won the Southern Conference Championship in the 2018–19 season. The University has a rich tradition of American Football and won the 2007 British Universities American Football League (BUAFL) Championship, which preceded BUCS.

Several players have represented Great Britain at a senior level. Each year, the programme has postgraduate all-Americans from prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools choosing to be part of the Team UWE Bristol American Football experience through the UWE Bullets team. Follow the UWE Bullets on Instagram.

Your experience

You’ll receive elite-level coaching throughout your time with the programme, combined with sport-specific facilities for training. As American Football is one of the Performance Sports at UWE Bristol you could get additional support to help you to excel.

Training and competition

View a sample of the weekly in-season schedule:

Monday  Strength and conditioning 
Tuesday  Two-hour training session 
Wednesday morning Strength and conditioning
Wednesday afternoon  Classroom session – film breakdown 
Thursday Two-hour training session 

All games are played at weekends. There are eight fixtures in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) American Football South Premier League, followed by the BUCS Playoffs.

Meet the coach

Coach Dan Maher heads up the programme at UWE Bristol and is one of England’s finest American Football coaches. Since joining the University he has shifted the culture at the club and has imprinted his coaching philosophy on the programme. He firmly believes in an athlete-first approach – empowering the individual to be accountable for their actions on the pitch and to their teammates.

When you play for Team UWE Bristol American Football you must agree to live by the 'CDA' philosophy spearheaded through Coach Dan’s leadership:

  • Can I trust you?
  • Do you care about me?
  • Are you committed to excellence?

Performance Sport overview

Read an overview of the Performance Sport programme

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