Posted on May 17, 2021
This has been my first blog in a while; 10 months to be precise. In my last post, I talked about the benefits we’re seeing from lockdown and how this will change the way we do things going forward.
Well, since then a lot more has changed. We planned hard for an October return, only to be shut down by a second lockdown. Again we prepared to play in early 2021, only to be blocked once more.
Now, we can announce the Wolves are back and back with a bang. Over 70 players and 12 coaches are active with the club. While we’ve still been required to socially distance, we’ve got lots of renewed enthusiasm and have welcomed several fresh faces.
A few weeks ago, the news dropped that the 2021 season would be regional only, and without promotion or relegation. This was a sensible decision from BAFA, given the current situation and the differences in guidance from the devolved nations.
On one hand, it’s a shame that we won’t get to test ourselves against the BAFA premier division and the stakes that come with it. On the other, we get to do something a lot of team in the higher divisions always struggle with: Development. We’re in the exciting position to take people who are not yet ready for those games against the established top-tier sides and get them “Prem Ready.”
That said, we’re not taking our Scottish counterparts lightly. We have a renewed rivalry with East Kilbride Pirates—a team destined for a return to the top tier soon—to look forward to. Inverclyde Goliaths are an exciting new team and very much one going in the right direction. Both the Glasgow Tigers and Aberdeen Roughnecks will have our games circled as a chance to prove themselves.
As a group, we have a chance to show what Scottish American Football is all about.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog. I hope to do more of these posts to shed some light on how we do things at the Edinburgh Wolves and my thoughts on American Football. If you’re interested in becoming part of our family as a Player, Coach or member of the backroom staff, then please e-mail me at HeadCoach@EdinburghWolves.com.