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American football coach, Paul Sherratt
Paul Sherratt, American football coach
Paul Sherratt, Nottingham Outlaws coach.
Paul Sherratt coaches the Nottingham University American football team - the Outlaws. He tells us a little more about himself.
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The forerunner of American football may have been a game played by the Ancient Greeks, called Harpaston.

Modern American football evolved out of Soccer and Rugby.

American football started when a group of school boys in Boston formed the Oneida Football Club in 1862.

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My name is Paul Sherratt, I live in Loughborough. I'm 31-years-old.

A member of the Nottingham Outlaws prepare s for battle. Picture by Dave Mangan.
A member of the Nottingham Outlaws prepare for battle. Picture by Dave Mangan.

I got married on August 9th of this year. My wife Donna is the early years Co-ordinator for SureStart in the Meadows.

I've been coaching
American football for almost 10 years. It all started when I saw it on TV in the mid 80’s and went along to my local youth team.

I fell in love with the game and things went from there. I stopped playing a couple of years ago.

I don’t get paid for coaching so I have to go to work - I’m a Mechanical Engineer. As far as coaching goes I get a buzz off seeing the players develop on and off the field.

It’s good to give something back to the game. The only downside is it does take a lot of time and effort but it’s worth it.

Nottingham Outlaws in action. Picture by Dave Mangan.
Nottingham Outlaws in action. Picture by Dave Mangan.

I’ve never lived in the city centre but I drive around Nottingham a lot and I think the traffic has got much worse. It’s also turned into a Mecca for hen and stag parties, which is good for business.

I think each generation is very different and therefore change is inevitable. On the whole, though, I think the people of Nottingham are generally very friendly and have a great sense of humour, I don’t think that's changed much. We love our sport too.

I work long hours and coach American Football three or four times a week so my ‘spare’ time is very limited. If I have any, my wife usually drags me round the shops!

Nottingham Outlaws in action. Picture by Dave Mangan.
Nottingham Outlaws in action. Picture by Dave Mangan.

If we go abroad we’ll go to Spain or somewhere on a late deal. We also like to get weekends away in this country, there’s so many great places within a few hours drive.

I think Nottingham is a great place, there's something for everyone.

Come down and watch a game...

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