South Lincs Lighting American football team are based at Bourne Rugby Club
A recently-formed American football team will be taking the next step towards achieving their goal when they play their first competitive contest next month.
The South Lincs Lightning - who are based at Bourne Rugby Club - will face the Scunthorpe Alphas in their first-ever match on Sunday, July 18.
The side will be competing against the Alphas, the Lincolnshire Bombers and Northants Knights in their associate season.
The Lightning were formed late last year by chairman Rich Young who had initially set out to find a side in the area.
He explained: "I was looking at joining a team myself but, when I searched for the nearest one in the area, it was an hour's drive away.
"I put an advertisement out to see if there was any interest and it just went from there.
"I really wanted to give it a go and we have now recruited players, coaches and have a couple of sponsors on board as well.
"Our associated season now gives us the chance to prove to the British American Football Association that we can run as a club and they will come out to check on us to make sure that we are doing everything right.
"If we pass the associate season then we will go fully into the league next season which has three different tiers.
"There will be no promotions or relegations this season though as, due to Covid, it's just about getting everyone back playing again."
The club committee includes Glen Chapman as vice-chairman, treasurer Darryl Challis, secretary Steve George and game day manager Sean Clarke.
They have appointed Dan Harriss as the Lightning's head coach while Andy Wain will undertake the role of assistant head coach.
Other coaching roles see Jamie Carter as the offensive co-ordinator, Jack Woolley as the wide receiver coach while Nik Mellough will be the special teams co-ordinator.
Sean Clarke has been recruited as the quarter-backs coach with Dan Holmes in charge of the defensive line and Kev Cunningham the defensive backs coach.
The coaches have currently been putting the team through their paces at weekly pre-season training sessions on a Sunday (from 1-4pm) at Milking Nook Drove with the club aiming to cement their league status once the associated season has been completed.
Young added: "Our ultimate goal is to gain league status with BAFA and to do this we will work closely with them and the greater Britball community to do things the right way, to grow our team naturally and build strong relationships with the other teams in the various leagues.
"We understand the challenges involved in starting a team from scratch, but with invaluable advice from other teams and a dedicated committee that contains a wealth of experience we are confident that we can build a team that's an asset to the league and the communities we serve."
New players are always to welcome to attend with the Lightning welcoming both men and women over the age of 18-years-old.
The club is also seeking extra backers in addition to S&J Windows and Conservatories and the Spinroom Studio who are kit and game ball sponsors respectively.
Anyone requiring further information can contact the club via their Facebook page @SouthsLincsLightningFootball