NEW RIVER SPORT & FITNESS HOSTS NFL LEGEND
NFL legend Jerry Rice visited the first ever NFL Academy training site in the UK, New River Sport & Fitness in north London on Tuesday, November 19 to pass on his knowledge and experience to NFL Academy students. The Hall of Fame wide receiver led a practice session at the White Hart Lane centre, which is managed by registered charity and sport and leisure management experts Fusion Lifestyle and serves as the official on-field training site for the NFL Academy
Rice, three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, was at New River Sport & Fitness in his role as ambassador to the Academy, which aims to give aspiring young American football players and outstanding athletes the chance to develop their skills and knowledge of the game while receiving full-time education at Barnet and Southgate College. The Academy students use the extensive facilities at the centre, including the full size 3G multi-sport pitches, full size athletics track, tennis courts, indoor exercise studios and fully equipped gym.
Tony Allen, head coach of the NFL Academy, “We were very excited to have an NFL icon taking part in our practice and inspiring the students. It was great for him to see our facilities and see that New River Sport & Fitness is the perfect partner for us to be able to offer the high-quality training facilities we need.”
Anthony Cawley, Operations Director of Fusion Lifestyle said, “Our partnership with the NFL is really exciting. American football has been building its profile in the UK, with some of its regular matches played in London. The academy is a great way to engage with young people in both Tottenham and the surrounding area and welcoming someone as high profile as Jerry Rice is a great way to inspire both those already at the Academy and the wider community.”