Longhorns players toast a successful season

Lanarkshire Longhorn players show off their prizes as they celebrate a successful American football season.

Lanarkshire Longhorn players show off their prizes as they celebrate a successful American football season.

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Lanarkshire Longhorns Junior American Football team had more than one reason to celebrate at their annual awards event.

In addition to marking their players’ achievements on the way to a third consecutive Scottish Division title and a second national semi-final appearance, the side were delighted to announce a major sponsorship agreement with Craigneuk-based Smokin’ Guns Fitness.

Not only will the Longhorns be kitted out in a brand new set of strips for next season, they will also receive invaluable support in relation to fitness and nutrition.

Smokin’ Guns owner Andrew McGee told the awards night audience how delighted the company were to be building a partnership with the Longhorns and that both parties were looking forward to exploring a range of opportunities for joint working in the future.

Longhorns team manager Eric Dougan said: “The team sponsor deal will provide a much needed investment for the side.

“The prospect of working with Andrew to help develop player performance and also explore new ways of involving the club in encouraging more young people to become actively involved in sport is a fantastic opportunity.”

On the night the team received the inaugural presentation of the Scottish Junior Division Winners Trophy and also the Ravens Charity Shield from their game in Clackmannanshire in September in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

The winners of this year’s Lanarkshire Longhorns Players Awards were — Offence MVP: Grant Winter, Defence MVP: Ewan Sinton, Lineman MVP: James DaCosta, Coaches’ Award: Nathan Carr, Team MVP: Grant Winter and Players’ Player of the Year: Nathan Carr.

Coaches’ commendations were awarded to: (Offence) Jamie Blades, Stephen Cranston, Cameron King; (Defence) Dylan Yardley, Ryan Campbell, Nathan Carr; (Linemen) Darren Robert, Matthew Hezseltine, Robert Poore; (Coaches Award) Darren Robert, Jamie Blades, Robert Poore.

The Longhorns would like to thank everyone at Cambusnethan Miners Welfare who hosted the event, and everyone who attended and helped raise a significant amount for club funds.

Anyone aged 14–18 who would like to try American Football can join the team practising every Sunday from 10am-noon at Beltane Park, Wishaw.

For more information visit the Lanarkshire Longhorns AFC Facebook page or website