American football

Come and try American football, whether you’re a fan of the sport or you have never heard of it before, it’s a fun competitive sport that will push you to become a better person.

When I joined City, I did not plan on playing any type of sports as I wanted to focus on my studies and I also believed that sports played at university level would be too difficult if I did not have some sort of prior experience, while this is true for other sports it is not the case for American football.

When I joined the team, I had no idea how the game was to be played, I only knew that I wanted to tackle people. I was taught by an experienced team of coaches who happened to coach Team GB as well as other adult football teams, they taught me how to be the best I could be, not only as a player but as a person. I also learned from my teammates, I played Line-backer with a player called Victor, who was double my size, he held me to his high standards and helped me develop as player to the point where I would win Rookie of the year.

Going into my 4th year, I extremely proud to still be part of the team and will do everything I can to help you compete. I look forward to meeting the next generation of the team, and I promise once you join you will never look back.

-Farhan Pothiyil, American Football president 2021-2023

You may be thinking:

  • “American Football isn’t for me.”
  • “It’s too rough.”
  • “I’ve never tried it.”
  • “It’s full of Americans.”

But you’d be wrong, and here’s why:

  • American Football is for everyone, whether you are a man or woman, want to play or assist the team in any way, we’ll find a place for you.
  • American Football is a contact sport and you can get injured, just like in any other sport. However, you are protected as much as possible through the right protective equipment and proper coaching on how to play safe.
  • More than 90% of all Wolfpack players had NEVER played the sport before coming to City. The coaches start from the bottom and instil the basics to ensure everyone is on the same playing field!
  • The City Wolfpack have had players from at least 30 different nationalities and welcome people of all backgrounds to join the team!

Being a 1st year student, I wanted to not just join a team but I wanted to be a part of a club that made me feel part of a family and made me love time here in City. With the City Sentinels it is just that. We meet often and even workout together. So far playing for the City Sentinels has helped me through my 1st year and has been the best experience of my time at City so far.

One of the main advantages of American football at City over other sports, lies in our unique identity, the Sentinels! I’m proud to be a Sentinel!

Leagues we play in

Our mixed gender team competes in the BUCS London 2A league

Key achievements

Most Improved Club of the Year 2016


  • Monday 27th September from 7-8.30pm and Friday 1st October from 7-9pm at East London RFC

Training sessions

  • Monday’s 7-8.30pm and Friday’s 7-9pm at East London RFC

Match Day

  • Sunday

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