Back in April, Andrew Luck and his father Oliver visited England to deliver their first ‘Luck Skills Camp’ ably assisted Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Coby Fleener and coaches and players from the London Warriors American football team.
The camp featured a select few players from the British University American Football League (BUAFL) who were lucky enough to receive one-to-one coaching from the father-son duo in intimate surroundings.
“There has been some talent and some knowhow; hopefully we can grow the game here.
“There is a spectrum of skills with the guys and we’ve had some great questions – some insightful questions like you get in the United States at the camps.”
Andrew’s Dad, Oliver, former Houston Oilers quarterback, NFL Europe employee and current Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, saw lots of potential in the British players who attended the day-long camp.
“There’s some talented kids who here,” said Oliver. “I remember, back in the United States, talking to one young man who grew up in Norway and played Team Handball .
“He had moved to the USA and started playing football through college and the athletes here are no better, no worse than that.
“Anywhere in the world it’s just a matter of how young you are when you starting getting taught the fundamentals.
“If we could ever get to a point where we teach the game like we do in the USA i.e. to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders for 10-12 years then there’s no reason not to believe you can’t have that quality of players coming out of Europe.”
After being contacted by Andy Fuller, Student Football Development Manager at the British American Football Association (BAFA), players from across the University of London college teams made the short trip to south London to take the class and one such player was Kang Hyun-Moon, 22 who turns out for the ‘Imperial Immortals American Football Team’ who represent Imperial College, University of London.
“We were asked by BAFA if we had any offensive players interested in taking part, so we contacted a few,” said the linebacker. “It’s a great opportunity to see how the offensive players think so we can all prepare better for next season.
“I first got into American Football here in England by watching the NFL on TV before I started at university and then contacted the London Warriors team here.
“I really think it is growing very fast at the moment in the UK especially with the games being played at Wembley. In the future it can only mean more teams playing as the university teams like ours continue to get more attention and, eventually, all of the teams will become better integrated ”
For Kang’s Imperial College teammate, Toby Sinclair, the day represented a unique opportunity to learn from one of the highest profile players currently plying their trade in the National Football League.
“It’s great to learn things that you may not have necessarily thought about and incorporate it into your learning.
“I’ve asked a few questions already although I’ve only been playing 6-7 months as a quarterback so I am really trying hard to get as much information as I can about the mechanics and throwing.
“It’s such a great opportunity at such an early state of learning for me.”Echoing the thoughts of many of whom attended the day Toby is full of positives about the potential of gridiron here in the UK
“I was just watching American Football tournament and fancied something a bit different from my rugby background so it seemed like the ideal sport and I wanted to give it a go.
“Everyone at university is quite interested to learn about it on the whole, are inquisitive and are keen to see what we do.”