The Leicester Falcons were formed in 2006, initially as a Senior Team, from a nucleus of local players hoping to share their enjoyment and knowledge of the sport. Local interest within Leicestershire, particularly the huge popularity of flag football, made the decision to be based within the county easy.
The region has always had a strong connection to the game, but since 1996, has struggled to capitalise on that passion despite the strong participation in flag football. The success of the region’s flag teams also helps explain why the new club will be called the Falcons. The Eagles are the best flag team around so it seemed logical that we should have some connection (with the name) as the next step up in playing.
Once the Senior Team was established and successful a Junior Team was added in 2009. At the same time the club also started a Schools Programme to encourage the game in the under 16s.
The latest addition to the club has been the formation in 2011 of the DMU Falcons, a team from De Montfort University Leicester who play in the British Universities American Football League.
The Senior Team
2006 – The Leicester Falcons took flight with their first training session, held at Belgrave Rugby Club, on the 19th March. 2006 and from this moment the core of the team started to be built. The initial goal of the Falcons was to gain entry as a Full member of the British American Football League. This process usually takes 18 months to 2 years but the Falcons tried to complete it in under a year. Sadly this proved too tight a deadline and we were unsuccessful at our first attempt.
2007 – With support from our players, the Falcons decided to try again in 2007 with an increased number of players, coaches and backroom staff. The Falcons played 6 games against existing league teams and fellow associate teams and ended the season with a record of Played 6: Won 2: Lost 3: Drawn 1. This hard work was rewarded when the Falcons were awarded the status of Full Member of the BAFL in November 2007.
2008 – The Falcons played 10 games in the Central Conference of BAFL Division 2 and managed to win 3 and draw 2 games.
2009 – The Falcons rose to new heights. A 7:2:1 record gave them a wildcard entry into the Division 2 Britbowl playoffs. Deafeating first Manchester Titans and then Glasgow Tigers they gained a place in the final hwere they defeated Colchester Gladiators 32:31 in a close fought match.
2010 – The Falcons were now in Division 1 South West of the newly formed BAFA Community Leagues. The team started poorly and lost four of their first six games, drew one and only managed one win. Mid season, the team was strengthened with the arrival of former NFL quarter-back Bradlee Van Pelt. Not only did he bring his quarter back skills but helped focus the team’s training and playing skills. As a result, the Falcons won their last four games a secured the last remaining wildcard entry into the play-offs. Travelling to Scotland to play East Kilbride Pirates the team excelled themselves and held the Pirates well, eventually losing 32 : 30 in controversial circumstances.
2011 – Now in BAFA Community Leagues Division 1 Central the Senior team brought in new coaching talent and swelled its roster with a good blend of talented rookies and experienced players. Finishing the season 9:0:1 the Falcons defeated Doncaster Mustangs 57 : 30 in the quarter finla play-offs and London Olympians 31 : 23 in the semi-finals. Once again East Kilbride Pirates proved their downfall, losing 62 : 23 in the 2011 final.
2012 – Starting the season in the Premier Division proved too much for the Falcons after loosing a number of their seasoned players and they eventually withdrew to regroup.
2013 – Having dropped down to the Central Division and with a squad strengthened by a mix of seasoned players, returnees and rookies the Falcons and finished the season winning 5 of their 9 games.
2015 – The Falcons started the 2015 season with a new manager, Guy Kersey, a new Head Coach, Lester Hopewell and a new home ground at De Montfort Park, Hinckley. A season of consolidation under the new management.
2016 – Playing in Division 2 the Falcons were dominant, winning every regular season match scoring a total of 434 points while conceding only 21. They then sailed through the play offs, beating Surge 60:0, Romans 58:29 and finally Newcastle Vikings 36:0 to take the Division 2 Championship.
2017 – With a new Head Coach, Noel Cassar, the Falcons played in Division 1 South. After a successful season the Falcons finished on top of their Divison with a score of 9 games to one. They went on to defeat the Yorkshire Rams in the quarter-final play-offs but were narrowly defeated by Manchester Titans in the semi-final. As a result the Falcons just missed out on promotion to the Premier Division and will remain in Division 1 in 2018.
The DMU Falcons is a team from De Montfort University Leicester. DMU was formerly part of a combined Leicester / DMU Longhorns team competing in the British Universities American Football League. Changes to this league meant they could no longer be a combined team and, while the Leicester University Longhorns continued, it left the DMU students without a team.
With the support of the Students’ Union and a number of determined student athletes led by Chairman, Jordan Jones, the DMU Falcons were started. The team will have its own committee but will be advised by the Falcons management team on budgets, funding and game day management while the Falcons will support them with coaches, facilities and expertise. The DMU Falcons have been entered into the 2011/12 season and the Varsity match against the Longhorns is sure to be a fans’ favourite.