Its been a busy nine months for Great Britain and Tamworth Phoenix player Josh Allsebrook. Since making history by becoming the youngest starting quarterback for GB against Italy last October – aged 19, he has enrolled in the US football system at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and this weekend will feature in his nation’s first game on home soil since 2019.
Ahead of the showdown with France in Coventry, Josh shares his story.
Josh got his first taste of American football on a trip to America as a boy where he got to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
“From there I just fell in love with the game. I wanted to get into it and I joined my local Flag the Leicester Huntsmen team when I was 14. I moved on to kitted once I was eligible and played my way through the ranks with GB,” he explained.
A narrow 23-28 defeat against Italy in Milan last October marked Josh’s debut for Great Britain and he hopes for better fortunes when the team step out on home soil for the first time in four years against France on Saturday at the Butts Park Arena, Coventry.
“I really think we’re ready. The French are a great team and they are going to put up a great fight. But the progression in our squad is incredible. There will be fireworks – touchdowns, interceptions and hopefully a big, big win.”
Tickets are now on sale for Great Britain v France Men – which, according to GB Head Coach Jason Scott is set to be the greatest showcase of American Football in the UK outside the NFL London Games.
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Coventry Butts Park Arena, KO 2pm, Saturday 5th August
£10 for general admission
£2 for under 16s
£8 entry for anyone part of GB National Program in 2023