Sheffield Giants
Founded2008; 13 years ago (2008) (as Sheffield Predators)
LeagueBAFA National Leagues
DivisionPremier Division North
Team historySheffield Predators (2008–2016)
Sheffied Giants (2016–)
LocationSheffield, South Yorkshire
StadiumSheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium
ColoursBlack Helmets
Sky Blue Jerseys
Black Pants
Head coachToby Chesters
General managerDave Tidswell
Division titles1: 2012
Playoff berths2: 2012, 2013

The Sheffield Giants are an American football team based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, that competes in the BAFA National Leagues Premier Division North, the highest level of British American football. They operate from Sheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium and were formed in 2008 as the Sheffield Predators but re-branded to the Giants in 2016 in a nod to the Steel City Giants who folded in the 1980s. In 2012 they were crowned Division Two Bowl Champions after defeating the Peterborough Saxons at the Don Valley Stadium.

History

There have been a number of teams in and around the Sheffield area since the inception of American football in Britain.[1] The Steel City Giants were formed in the 1980s but soon folded in the same era. Until 2008, The Sheffield Tomahawks junior side were the only operating club in the City before The Predators were formed and after finishing their associate period, entered the BAFANL in 2010.[2][3] The Predators first season in Britball ended with a 0-10 record and finishing bottom of the National Central 2.[4]

During this time they have achieved a degree of success, primarily running the double-wing formation,[5] beating the Peterborough Saxons 39-33 in overtime to take home the Division 2 National Championship in 2012 at the Don Valley Stadium in their home town.

In 2014, the Predators announced a partnership with Structure Sport and Fitness Ltd, a gym in Sheffield, worth over £4000 annually.[6]

In 2016, the club was rebranded as the Sheffield Giants after an online voting poll by supporters and the British American Football.[7] The name change came following the teams decision to boost the appeal of the club, citing that the name "The Predators" was a negative name for attracting players from schools and universities[8]

Logos & Uniforms

The Predators logo was a stylised lion, the team played in gold jerseys with a black trim, and black game pants. The Giants rebrand in 2017 incorporated a full kit rebrand to black helmet, sky blue jerseys and black pants. The away jersey designed by Britballerz is black with sky blue numbers.

Home field

The Giants play their home games at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium a £10 million multi-sport development, which occupies part of the site of the former Don Valley Stadium. The club also use the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Stadium as their training complex.

Youth Team

As well as the adult contact team, The Giants also operate both a flag football and youth contact team. This began in 2018 with a U16 contact team and has now grown to over 100 players at ages 7 to 19. They are currently recruiting for the non-contact U11, U14 and U17 'flag' teams, along with the U16 and U19 contact teams. All youth teams are inclusive and are mixed gender.

Coaching staff

Role Name
Head Coach Toby Chesters
Offensive Coordinator Tom Moxon
Defensive Coordinator Anthony Marsden
Special Teams Coordinator Adam Lilley
Running Backs Coach Toby Chesters
Offensive Line Coach Si Byrne
Defensive Line Coach Mark Cooper
Defensive Backs Coach Matt Flynn
Defensive assistant coach Henry Arechiga
Team Physiotherapist Emma Wallace

Roster

Quarterbacks

  • 6: Ewan Chisholm
  • 12: Josh Adamson
  • 14: Daniel Mayers

Running Backs

  • 24: Scott Roberts
  • 28: Harry O'Neill
  • 31: Anthony Slingsby
  • 34: Sam Evans

Receivers

  • 3: Jason Sanders
  • 5: Jon Taylor
  • 8: Elliott Marris
  • 11: Kieren Singh
  • 17: Jamie Dean
  • 32: Josh Allen
  • 48: John Halliwell
  • 80: Phil Skinner
  • 82: Dan Magee
  • 83: Luke Goodwin
  • 84: Tom Dolan
  • 86: Martyn Lee
  • 87: Ryan Taylor
  • 88: Paul Weston
  • 89: Matthew Webb

Offensive Line

  • 54: Rob Bane
  • 58: Si Byrne
  • 59: Adam Lilley
  • 61: Oliver Monaghan
  • 66: Miles Wright
  • 72: Daniel Tipper
  • 73: Benjamin Dixon
  • 75: Pete Draper
  • 77: John Gilmartin

Defensive Line

  • 7: Ben Hopkinson
  • 42: Fernando Carvalho
  • 57: Adam Tordoff
  • 65: Nathan Lenthall
  • 68: Kade Chriwa
  • 69: Brad Weaver
  • 92: Martin Dorn
  • 95: Jordan Harding
  • 97: Stephen Connolly
  • 98: Oliver Richards
  • 99: Dan Salt

Linebackers

  • 2: Anthony Marsden
  • 10: Kieran Nelson
  • 19: Jack Ramsden
  • 43: Alex Briggs
  • 44: Russell Waddell
  • 45: Phillip Jarrett
  • 52: Henrique Borges
  • 53: Ben Fenwick
  • 56: Adam Berry
  • 93: Connor Charles

Defensive Backs

  • 9: Joseph Higginbotham
  • 13: Nathan Gatchalian
  • 16: Andrew Kenyon
  • 18: Simon Ross
  • 20: Adam Westwood
  • 21: Lucas Klumb
  • 22: Matt Hawker
  • 23: Ash Burgess
  • 25: James Tanner
  • 26: Jack Dyson
  • 29: Matthew Sherridan
  • 33: Lewis James

Kickers

  • 4: Kyle Tranter

Team Records

Complete records for the club under all three identities. 1986 to 1989 as Steel City Giants, 2010 to 2016 as Sheffield Predators and 2016 to present day for Sheffield Giants .[9]

Year Division Wins Losses Ties Percentage
1986 UKAFL AFC East 8 2 0 0.800
1987 Budweiser League Southern 0 10 0 0.000
1988 Budweiser League Premier Division 9 1 0 0.900
2010 BAFL Division 2 Central 0 10 0 0.000
2011 BAFANL Division 2 Central 6 4 0 0.600
2012 BAFANL Division 2 Central 10 0 0 1.000
2013 BAFANL Premier North 8 3 0 0.800
2014 BAFANL Premier North 4 5 0 0.444
2015 BAFANL Premier North 3 7 0 0.300
2016 BAFANL Premier North 3 7 0 0.300
2017 BAFANL Premier North 4 6 0 0.400
2019 BAFANL Premier North 3 7 0 0.300

Honours

Notes

  1. ^ Britball Now List Of Britball Teams
  2. ^ Sheffield Predators Awards & Honours
  3. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/predators-on-the-grid-to-bridge-20-year-gap-1-459582[bare URL]
  4. ^ https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/predators-on-the-prowl-1-3417016[bare URL]
  5. ^ The Big Interview - Richard Batty
  6. ^ Sheffield Predators agree sponsorship with gym in Sheffield
  7. ^ "Sheffield Predators name-change bid". BBC News. 24 May 2016.
  8. ^ "'Negative' Sheffield Predators team name changed". BBC News. 3 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Historical League Tables in the UK | BritballNow".