Sunday, 29 January 2012

Cheap Kit on the Horizon for the BUAFL and BAFANL?

The International Federation of American Football today launched the IFAF Equipment Program to benefit its 62 member federations and further the international growth of the sport.

The initiative aims to increase the number of participants worldwide by eliminating the greatest barriers to entry - the accessibility and affordability of playing equipment.

Modeled after other successful sports equipment distribution programs, the IFAF Equipment Program will oversee the collection, reconditioning, storage and distribution of American football equipment to youth and adult programs worldwide. NFL International will help kick start the program by donating equipment from their NFL Junior Player Development (JPD) inventory.

The IFAF Equipment Program will be available to IFAF member federations and emerging American football nations and will launch on January 26. The application process will remain open until the deadline date of March 1.

IFAF member federations may download the application here.

"We strongly believe that an equipment program will have a positive and direct impact on the number of participants worldwide," said IFAF President TOMMY WIKING. "This initiative will serve all levels of the sport and is part of a valuable development partnership with NFL International."

IFAF will distribute more than 8,000 sets of equipment received from NFL International, which will focus on supporting youth (15 and under) programs. Each set includes a helmet, shoulder pads, a seven-piece pad set and practice pads; valued at $150 per set.

The IFAF Equipment Program will include an online application process only available to IFAF members in good standing. Applications will be evaluated based on need and merit and will be reviewed by the IFAF Equipment Program Coordinator and submitted to the IFAF Executive Board for approval.

Applicants must demonstrate a capacity to receive, distribute and monitor the equipment grants issued by IFAF, complete all required documentation and pay the cost of shipping, and submit a performance report to illustrate how the grant helped increase youth football participation in their country.

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