Former England Rugby Captain, Lewis Moody MBE, will be stepping onto the football field for the first time at the Jacksonville Jaguars annual playing academy.
Putting his World Cup winning rugby skills to the test, Moody will be coached by Jaguars Alumni and NFL professionals. Taking part in drills training, position skills sessions and video analysis Moody will experience a level of American football coaching not otherwise available outside the U.S.
The Jaguars Academy is a three-day residential training camp held at Brunel University from 11-13thJuly. Over 150 amateur and professional players from across Europe are expected to take part to get a genuine feel of training at the highest-level.
Moody will also be sharing his insights from his successful elite athlete career as a captain for England in a team talk. Giving valuable advice on discipline, teamwork and dedicate to get to the very top of the game.
Talking about his expectations of the Jaguars Academy Moody said: “It will be interesting to see how well I’ll be able to transfer my Rugby skills into American football and how physically challenging it will be. I have no doubt that the coaches are really going to push and get the best out of all of us.
“The academy is a fantastic initiative and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. I’m a huge fan of the NFL, and it’s great to see how much the sport is growing here in the UK.”
After the former England rugby player, Christian Wade, shocked the sporting world earlier this year, switching from professional rugby to American Football, Moody believes we will see more athlete’s crossover between sports.
He added: “To be able to perform at the highest level in two different sports is an outstanding achievement. Rugby and American Football have such directly transferrable skills it makes sense for people to make the most of the potential opportunities – Christian is going to have an incredible experience in the states and hopefully this will encourage more athletes across a range of sports, to try something new.”
The football camp is a fully padded contact academy for men and women aged 18-35 years old, who must have a year’s experience playing with pads. As with real team American Football practice, the training will take place during the day, with the video review sessions and feedback happening in the evening.
The sessions will be carried out by eight NFL coaches, including Super Bowl winners Mark Brunell, Fernando Bryant, Reggie Barlow and Hall of Fame candidate Tony Boselli.
Jacksonville Jaguars hero, Boselli, said: “We’re really looking forward to having a former professional athlete in Lewis at our academy. He’s going to find it tough, but his attitude and skill set will ensure he learns and adapts quickly.
“This is a fantastic training camp, where players can really develop their skillset and push themselves to the next level. We have a tremendous coaching team who are determined to improve the state of American Football in the UK.”
Each participant will receive accommodation, 3 meals a day and training kit and train in the actual Jaguars training jerseys.
Early bird tickets still available, for £225 per person – to sign up, click here www.jaguars.co.uk/playing-academy and complete the registration.