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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).

Recently, the Bobcats enjoyed success in both the BUCS 2A South West league and the South Conference Cup (in which they compete), finishing 2nd overall in the league and runners-up in the Cup for the 2018/19 season.

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

Find out more about Performance Sport

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Trials and affiliation

If you think you have what it takes to become a Performance Sport athlete, you will need to try out for Team BU. Find out how to register and when our trials take place

Sports scholarships

Sports scholarships

We believe that your sporting talents deserve to be rewarded. Available for up to £5,000, our Sports scholarships are designed to help you perform at the highest possible level.

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TASS accreditation

Backed by Sport England, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps you successfully balance your sporting career and studies – so you don't have to choose between the two.