Previously a joint team had been in existence in
collaboration with Sheffield University called the Zulu's. After that collapse of that
organisation in early 1997 Sheffield University quickly set up its own team known as the
Sabres, who are still playing today. Sheffield Hallam University, however, didn't make the
same move as the Athletics Union at that time was still very suspicious of the sport
because of the Zulu's. It would be some years before attitudes changed and a new Sheffield
Hallam University American Football team could be considered.
The Warriors team you see today is the result of hard work from
Phil, Ollie, Gregg & Stuart. Using experience gained from training and playing with
the Don Valley Vipers (Sheffield's then senior team) & knowledge of the game gained
via the infamous Sheffield Zulu's, they set about constructing the basis of the club which
would participate in the British Collegiate American Football League.
The dream was finally realised in 2003 when the Warriors played
there first competitive league game, ironically against the Sheffield Sabres.
The name of Warriors came from wanting to acknowledge our links with
the legendary Sheffield Zulu's. Two members of the organisation - Gregg Rodgers & Matt
Harvey - were part of that organisation so it was only right that the Zulu Warriors lived
A coaching staff, headed by John Edley, was appointed that brought
massive experience to the team as well as a winning attitude. Recruitment began at the
2002 freshers fair with over 130 names taken. In October 2002 the first player trials were
held at Woodbourne Road Stadium with more than 80 hopefuls turning up. Out of the 50+ man
roster that was produced from these trials only 6 had any playing experience of any shape
or form. It's a testament to the coaches that they have moulded a competitive side in such
a short space of time from raw rookies.
That year the Warriors played 2 friendly games against their cross
town rivals, losing both, in order to gain experience & recognition in order to get
league status. Before a league match was ever played 2 of the squad made the Great Britain
representative side (bulldogs) which toured Italy. In addition a third player also made
the Northern All-Star squad.
In 2003 Nicola (Neex) Dent created the Sheffield Hallam Warrior
Cheerleaders. Her amazing enthusiasm has been responsible for starting a troop who have
already shown themselves to be one of the most talented (& beautiful) cheerleading
teams in the country. Like the playing side, this too has been achieved with almost no
As a team the Warriors are looking forward to the future in the
British Collegiate American Football League. In a short period the Warriors have turned
heads all through the University, the city of Sheffield & the sport of American
Football. Each month the team get stronger & our reputation grows, we are fast
becoming known as THE team to be part of at Sheffield Hallam University.