American football

If you’re looking for a challenging, fast-paced and exciting team sport which will get your heart pumping, American football won’t disappoint.

Whether you’ve played American football before or are new to the sport, BU Bobcats, our American football team, welcomes all abilities. What matters is that you have a desire to succeed and a will to win.

Each season, BU Bobcats compete in the British Universities American Football League (BUAFL), which is part of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

The Bobcats had the team’s best and most historical season to date in the 21/22 season. Winning every single game of the season, remarkably going undefeated and securing a place in the BUCS playoffs. Scoring 211 points across the season, whilst only conceding 71 points across all eight games. The team achieved promotion out of the BUCS 2A South West league and won the South Conference Cup. This year saw the largest Bobcat roster ever, with 95 total members of the team including coaches. 7 players from the Bobcats were invited to trial for the GB University All-star game, showing off the best players from UK Universities. Of those 7, 4 Bobcats were selected to the final squad playing the North team In Coventry on 9th April 2022.

Key information

Match days


Home location: Chapel Gate, BU Sports Campus, Parley, Christchurch BH23 6BL


Training is a combination of classroom-based learning and physical training takes place three times a week:


Shelley Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus, 7pm-8:30pm


Sir David English, East Way, Bournemouth BH8 9PZ, 7pm-9pm


Wallisdown Recreation Ground, 2 Talbot Drive, Poole BH12 5ED, 1pm-4pm

BU Bobcats were the winners of the 2021/22 BUCS 2A South West league
BU Bobcats were champions of the BUCS American Football 2021/22 South Conference Cup

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