Welcome to NFLGirlUK.com, a blog celebrating the girls in the game.
My name is Liz Bhandari aka NFLGirlUK and I launched NFLGirlUK.com in 2014. The blog is unique for three great reasons:
- It shares details about the incredible women who’ve made their mark in American Football
- It shares stories about the female fans here in the UK supporting the game.
- It’s written, not only by me, but is a platform for fellow female fans to share their opinion through regular guest articles.
How I got in to NFL
I first got in to the game around December 2012. I’d not long started dating my now-husband Bharat when I was over at his place. He’s big in to his NFL, having watched it growing up and then got back in to it years later. He’s a San Francisco 49ers fan but loves watching the game in general.
The game on TV at the time if I recall correctly was Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears. It was the season where Falcon’s knocked the Seahawks out from contention but I was obsessed with the colour navy (lame reason, I know) and so that, with other reasons, is why I chose Seattle as my team.
Another factor was being massively in to rugby league, the game seemed similar and so I was keen to understand more.
Why I started blogging
I was conscious of the fact my friends were probably sick of me talking about NFL all the time on my personal twitter account so in September 2014 I created a specific account to start tweeting from (@NFLGirlUK).
A month later I started this blog – knowing in just a few weeks time I’d be going to see my first ever NFL game at Wembley stadium too (read it here).
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and with NFL being a huge passion of mine, writing about the game seemed right.
Something to shout about
I’ve had a huge amount of support from the late Sky Sports host Kevin Cadle, Sky Sports analyst and CFL coach Jeff Reinebold, and former full back in the National Football League Cecil Martin.
I have appeared several times on TalkSport2’s All American Sports Show with Nat Coombs, as well as on BBC Radio 1 to talk about news matters relating to American Football.
I was also hugely proud to have been ranked No.37 (of 400+) in the “Super Bowl: Top 50 UK Influencers” by marketing software producers Onalytica.
“Out of the 400+ NFL UK influencers identified, we were keen to see who ranked in the top 50 in the run up to the big game. It’s interesting to note media publications driving the most engagement so far are The Guardian, Sky, The Evening Standard, and 5 Live, as well as presenters such as Darren Fletcher for BT Sport. Gambling organisations such as Coral, bet365 and William Hill also feature quite highly. Out of the celebrities, Vernon Kay is leading the discussion, and out of the fans NFLGirlUK is igniting conversations.”
Promoting the game in the UK
I made it my aim to help promote and grow the game here in the UK and so in October 2015, #NFLUKChat was born. For those unfamiliar, it is a weekly Twitter discussion which happens every Sunday at 5pm using hashtag #NFLUKChat.
Meet with other NFL fans here in the UK
As well as the weekly chat, I also created #NFLUKFanMeetUp. The events are the perfect opportunity for fans from across the UK to get together in one location to talk all things NFL, share stories, get to know each other and make new friends. To find out more on this, visit www.nflukfanmeetup.com.
Many thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the blog.