Nottingham Caesars is one of the oldest American Football clubs in the UK and is the home of American Football in Nottingham. The Caesars field a senior team in NFC 1 South of the British American Football Association (BAFA) and a Junior team in the Junior Div 1 north. The team is affectionately known by its players and fans as “The Big C”.
The Caesars began to play in 1992, in competition with the cross-town Nottingham Hoods. The Hoods saw some success including a conference championship in 1992 under the leadership of import players Mike Grossner and Vic Quirolo. The Hoods stopped play in 1994, and this boosted the Caesars considerably, who then posted an undefeated 10–0 record in 1995. Since then, the Caesars have seen moderate success, with 3 conference championships including a trip to the Britbowl in 1997, ending in defeat to the Redbridge Fire 26–7.
Although the team lost out to the Tamworth Phoenix in the 2008 semi-finals, due to the league reshuffle the team earned promotion and in 2008 played in the BAFL 1 southwest Conference. The Caesars struggled in 2009 picking up just two wins, 2010 was even less successful with their only win coming at home to the South Wales Warriors on the last day of the season, however, this was enough to keep them in Division 1.
In 2012, the Caesars had a good season with an influx of Rookies joining already established players the “Big C” finished with a 7–3 record and made the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Caesars fell at the quarter-final stage away to the Berkshire Renegades.
In 2013, the Caesars were moved into the National Premier Division and it was a season of transition and adjustment to a higher standard of football. The Caesars finished the season with a 1–9 record. In 2014, the Caesars continued in the National Premier Division and made strides forward providing greater competition against Premiership opponents and making a name for themselves as fierce competitors
In 2015, the Caesars played in the Northern Football Conference and finished with a record of 4 wins, 5 losses, and a tie. The 2016 season brought a successful season with the club making the playoffs in the newly formed MFC 1. With wins against Peterborough Saxons, Ouse Valley Eagles, Doncaster Mustangs, and the Birmingham Bulls they finished the year with a 6–4 record and were eventually beaten in a closely fought game against the Edinburgh Wolves.
2020 Saw a huge Overhaul coming on Offense with new Coordinator, Grant Lawless, bringing in several coaches with him. The season was canceled though due to COVID 19. However, a good Pre Season and solid showing against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs in a scrimmage will be a good platform to build upon for 2021
How do I get in touch?
You can reach out to us on Facebook or email us to get in touch details are on our contact page. We are more than happy to answer any questions and to help you get started.
Am I eligible?
Our team is for players ages 19+. We accept players of all levels of experience. Whether you’ve played American football before, are coming from another sport, are looking to join your first team, or are playing for another team and want to join us we have a spot for you.
Where do you practice?
On Sundays we practice at Harvey Hadden on the back fields (Billborough Park) from 10am-1pm.On Wednesdays we practice at Southglade Leisure Centre from 8pm-10pm.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not following this practice schedule. Please contact the club directly to find out more.
What should I bring to my first session?
You should wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather at your first session. You should wear cleats, to your first session. You should also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Do I need my own helmet and pads?
The club has helmets and shoulder pads for new players to rent for their first season. If a player prefers, they can wear their own equipment as long as it meets safety standards.
Do I have to commit straight away?
New players are allowed up to three taster sessions before having to commit to the team to continue training.