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Good luck to the 45 players, and their coaches and support staff, who are travelling to Bologna today to take part in the Group B tournament of the IFAF 2022 European U19 Championships from 6-10 July.

The tournament, which gets underway tomorrow, sees our young Lions compete against Italy, Finland and Spain in a battle for the Group B crown and a chance to earn a promotion to Group A.  

Games will be held in the C.S Cavina Stadium in Bologna, capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Live stream links will be shared ahead of each of GB’s games – keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

“I am extremely proud to lead this talented group of young athletes into GB's first International U19 tournament since 2015. The players and staff have shown great resilience to even get to this stage and it is to their credit that we travel to Bologna with a squad ready to compete with some of the finest nations in European U19 football. This is an invaluable steppingstone in the re-building of the programme, and while we know that we enter this tournament as underdogs, I also know that our guys will compete for every second of every game and give 100%. Whatever the outcome, this tournament is just the beginning for us. I can't wait to get out there and get going. Go Lions!”

GB U19 Head Coach Scott Rowe


Wednesday 6 July
Finland vs Great Britain – kickoff 15:00 CET
Italy vs Spain – kickoff 21:00 CET

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July
Recovery / training days

Saturday 9 July
3rd/4th place final – kickoff 15:00 CET
1st/2nd place final – kickoff 21:00 CET
Followed by Award Ceremony

Sunday 10 July
Departure Day

Good luck to our Lions and their coaches, all of whom have shown a huge amount of energy, enthusiasm and determination to earn the opportunity to represent us on the international stage. I’d also like to thank the efforts of all the parents, guardians and family members who’s good will and support has made this trip possible for our young athletes. This will be a tremendous learning experience for our young athletes, as well as a chance to learn compete alongside players from across the UK and Europe and create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

BAFA CEO Pete Ackerley


Jersey* Name Pos. Club Team
2 Jerome Darko DB Tamworth Phoenix
3 Josh Allsebrook QB Tamworth Phoenix
4 Logan Irvine WR SGS Pride
5 Nelson Hamilton DB Tamworth Phoenix
6 Harry Buckland WR SGS Pride
7 Vinnie Maxfield DB NFL Academy
9 Feranmi Okunlola LB Bristol Aztecs
10 Bailey Man QB Kent Exiles
11 James Aubrey-Williams LB Gateshead Senators
12 Sebastian Harris WR London Warriors
13 Noah Beddow WR Tamworth Phoenix
14 Charles Chemali WR Wembley Stallions
15 Louis Anderson WR Sheffield Giants
16 Alfie Birks QB Bournemouth University
17 Miles Butt LB SGS Pride
19 Callum Twine DB SGS Pride
21 Callum Grant DB Solent Seahawks
22 Matthew Knox DB North East Giants
23 Merdan Dogan DB London Blitz
24 Sam Geddes RB Gateshead Senators
25 Lewis Munt RB University of Bath
26 Joe Parton DB Nottingham Trent University
27 Chris Gbenla RB London Blitz
30 Freddie Burton DB Loughborough University
32 Jake Horne LB South East Legion
34 Joe Gallagher LB SGS Pride
44 Joe Blythe RB Leeds Beckett University
45 Jack Redhead LB Tamworth Phoenix
52 Fraser Holden LB University of Nottingham
54 Alfie Keery OL SGS Pride
56 Ryan Howard LB University of Liverpool
59 Max Kidd DL Swindon Storm
60 George Fear OL Leeds Beckett University
61 Kieran Park DL Gateshead Senators
62 Sam Stokoe OL Hertfordshire Cheetahs
64 George Owen-Thomas OL NFL Academy
66 Toby Spalinger OL NFL Academy
67 Aaron Villalta OL Kent Exiles
68 Amrit Chatha DL UWE Bullets
72 Cameron Dwyer OL SGS Pride
74 Matthew Allen OL South East Legion
76 Chidubem Abazie OL Leicester Longhorns
84 Jude Scott WR Leeds Beckett University
92 Jake Pearman DL Essex Spartans
99 Elvis Webster DL Bristol Aztecs

Please note, these are roster numbers for GB’s blue jerseys, and will differ if the team are wearing white.

Scott Rowe Head Coach
Andy Scott OC
Martin Hume CO-DC/DL
Jack Watson CO-DC
John Moore Quality Control
Jonathan Chilton RBs
Clive Palumbo WRs
Pete Jones OL
Mike Ripley LB
Jon Holloway Corners
Keith Johnson Safeties
Ben Read Assistant
Taran Chatha Assistant
Ravnit Chatha TM
Sarah Cassidy Physio
Bev Analuwa Physio
Calum McClenaghan Photographer