Univeristy of Hull Sharks American Football
University of Hull
The UH Sharks are an American Football Team representing the University of Hull in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Founded in 1985, the UH Sharks are one of the original four British Collegiate American Football League (BCAFL) teams which began play in the 1985-86 season (along with Teesside, Newcastle and the now defunct Manchester). The Sharks dominated the early BCAFL by winning or sharing the first four BCAFL titles; compiling a 23-2-2 record during their first five BCAFL seasons. Since that time, the Sharks play in the 1A North Division, becoming regular playoffs candidates and ultimately winning their division in the 2012/2013 and the 2016/2017 seasons. This has led to the team becoming one of the most successful and biggest men’s team at the University, coming second in BUCS points the last two years running.
In recent years, the Sharks have gained a lot of recognition and awards. In the 2016/2017 season, the Sharks were voted the Best Male Team, whilst our Quarterback won the Male Achievement award. In the 2017/2018 season, the Sharks won the Contribution to Charity Award as we donated a massive 161 Easter Eggs to Hull Royal Infirmary for unwell children, whilst also raising a staggering £412 for the Movember Foundation! Finally, in the 2018/2019 season, our Quarterback won University Athletic Player of the Year and we were again nominated for the Contribution to Charity Award.
The Sharks success can be attributed to training three times a week, attending regular classroom sessions and having an emphasis on strength and conditioning. Off the field, the Sharks are an extremely close team. Often described as a family, with strong links to the clubs history through the yearly “Old Boys and Girls Weekend”, we regularly socialise with each other on a Wednesday night and watch the NFL together on Sunday nights.