Lings Primary School: From National Champions to International Contenders

Lings Primary School: From National Champions to International Contenders

In an inspiring visit that ignited excitement and pride, Phoebe Schecter, Britain’s pioneering female coach in the NFL and a current Team GB NFL Flag player, recently graced Lings Primary School with her presence. It marked a momentous occasion for the young athletes of Lings Primary School, the proud winners of the 2023 NFL UK Flag Football National Primary School Championship.
As these champions prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, they received encouragement and guidance from one of the most influential figures in UK American football. Schecter’s visit came just days before the team’s departure to Orlando, Florida, where they are set to represent Team UK at the 2024 Pro Bowl in the NFL Flag International Championships. There, they will compete against talented young athletes from 12 countries, showcasing their skills internationally.
Schecter’s journey in American football, breaking barriers and setting benchmarks, inspires these young athletes. It’s a reminder that with passion, determination, and teamwork, achieving dreams is not just possible but inevitable.
Flag Football, the non-contact variant of American Football, has seen a meteoric rise in popularity across the UK. Engaging participants of all ages, genders, and abilities emphasises inclusivity and fun, making it an ideal sport for schools and communities. Lings Primary School’s involvement is a testament to the sport’s growing appeal. With over 500 primary and secondary schools participating nationwide, the sport boasts 30,000 players, of which 53% are female, spread across 26 regions. This remarkable participation highlights the changing landscape of sports in the UK, where diversity and inclusivity are increasingly becoming the norm.
As Lings Primary School sets off for Orlando, they carry with them the hopes of their school and the aspirations of many young athletes across the UK. Regardless of the outcome, these young athletes have already won by embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and the promise of a brighter future for flag football in the UK.
To find out more about the NFL Flag programme in the UK and how to get involved, please visit

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