Welcome to NFLGirlUK.com, one of the fastest growing American football blogs in the UK. Here you will find the latest news, as well as exclusive player interviews and insight from leading experts.
Hi, I’m Liz. I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan blogging and tweeting on all things NFL (National Football League) from a fans perspective. For those new to me, and new to the NFLGirlUK.com blog, I started writing in October 2014, and since then I’ve written a range of different topics, from why I chose my team to game news and fantasy football.
How I got in to NFL
It was December 2012 and I’d been going out with my now-husband Bharat for a couple of months. He’s big in to his NFL, 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. He was watching Sky Sports when I was over and it was Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears. It was the season where Falcon’s knocked us out, if my memory serves me. Being massively in to rugby league, the game seemed similar and I was keen to understand more.
Why I started blogging
My friends were probably sick of me talking about NFL all the time so in September 2014 I created a specific account to start tweeting from (@NFLGirlUK) and shortly after, in October, I started an NFL UK blog. It was just weeks before 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
NFLGirlUK has a huge amount of support from the late Sky Sports host Kevin Cadle, Sky Sports analyst 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 and was previously 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‘ve 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.