WHO WE ARE

DB:AF is led by founder Coach Dale Bottomley. Dale has spent the past 13 years playing, coaching and growing American football in the UK. He is dedicated to developing the sport and the incredible people within it. 

Coach Dale's ''Commitment to Excellence'' philosophy is the guiding light of DB:AF with the values of ambition, relentless effort and uncompromising accountability providing the pillars for this ethos.

  • 8 years working full-time in American Football development

  • Overseen the development of 15 players currently in Great Britain programmes​​

  • Observed numerous NFL practices including Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins

  • Visits to US College & High School teams: Florida Gators, Navy Midshipmen, Carson Newman and Brock Eagles

  • Provided lifestyle support and advice to over 20 TASS athletes

  • BAFCA Coach Educator

EXPERIENCE

  • BAFCA Level 2 qualified

  • DBS checked

  • Mental Health in Sport (UK Coaching)

  • Mental Health First Aid (Street Games)

  • First Aid at Work

  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children (UK Coaching)

  • USA Football Youth Tackle Certification

  • BA (Hons) Sport Business Management

  • MA Sport, Law and Society

  • Associate lecturer on various sport degree courses

QUALIFICATIONS

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CHRIS ELDER

FORMERLY:

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

ENGLAND U18s

LONDON WELSH

RAMBLIN' JESTERS 7s

Dale was unbelievably helpful in my pursuit of the NFL.

He put me in the best possible position to show the scouts what I was capable of.

 

His knowledge and ability to convey messages to a player is brilliant and his passion for the game is obvious.