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  30 January 2017 - Falcons get into training  
  23 January 2017 - Q&A with Noel Cassar  
  19 January 2017 - Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017  
  18 January 2017 - Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017  
  3 April 2016 - Leicester Riders  
30 Jan 2017

Falcons get into training

Leicester Falcons held their first session of the new year on Saturday 28th January, open to both returning players and rookies. Over 50 aspiring players turned up to be put through their paces by Head Coach, Noel Cassar, and GM, Guy Kersey. "I was impressed with not just the turnout but the quality on display" said Kersey. "We have had these camps every year and I think this is the best intake, with some great prospects to push the returning players".

The Falcons will host one more rookie session this Saturday, Feb 4th, starting 11:30 at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium.

 
23 Jan 2017

Q&A with Noel Cassar

We sat down with new Head Coach Noel Cassar to get his views on football, the upcoming season and the NFL.

Why did you want to come to Leicester?
'
Its my next step for me after 4 years as head coach at Derby Braves (University of Derby). I wanted to get involved with a local Senior team, and after speaking to Guy the Falcons were the perfect fit for me.'

What's your offensive philosophy?
'To score more than we concede! To play every down like it’s your last and give 100. To play fast attacking football (pass on first down…. Run on 3rd and long) '

And for defence?
'3 Downs and out... Speed kills.'

What does a typical training session look like?
'Warm up, Fitness, Indy’s, O Install, D install, O v D, 7x7, Special teams, Warm Down, Home. Midweek Classroom sessions and a Saturday Walkthrough before games.'

How do you rate the team's chances this year? What do you think of our opponents this year?
'All the teams in our Division are strong teams which should create some great competitive games, we can compete and beat any team on our day if we prepare correctly and everyone is ready to play.'

What was your position as a player?
'I started football life as a linebacker before moving to offensive line.'

Who's your NFL team?
'49ers ……we will leave that there!'

Who's going to win the Superbowl this year?
'Heart says Atlanta……Head is saying New England.'

What’s the best football movie?
'The Waterboy'

 
19 Jan 2017

Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017

Leicester Falcons' opponents for the 2017 season have been announced as Nottingham Caesars, Sandwell Steelers, Birmingham Bulls and Coventry Jets.

The Falcons have met Nottingham and Birmingham a number of times over the years, most recently in 2012, always creating entertaining games. The Falcons were in fact formed from a nucleus of Caesars players back in 2006.

Sandwell Steelers have played the Falcons most recently, being division opponents in 2015. The two met for three thrilling close games, with the Steelers eventually eliminating the Falcons from the playoffs 21-6.

Coventry, despite being the Falcons' nearest team geographically, have never been in the same division as Leicester. National Champions back in 2008, the Jets and Falcons have a number of players in common, notably defensive coordinator Wayne Gumbs.

image courtesy Covenry Jets

 
18 Jan 2017

Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017

The Leicester Falcons are proud to announce their new coaching line up for 2017. In the off season, following his second championship season, Head Coach Lester Hopewell has decided to step down from his position, so he can spend more time with his family. All of us at the Falcons would like to thank him and wish him all the very best in the future. Replacing Coach Hopewell will be Noel Cassar (right), who was special teams coach in 2016, but has head coach experience at BUCS Premier University of Derby Braves.

Coach Cassar introduced his tough style of coaching to the team at this years awards presentation. Following an impressive rookie season as Defensive Coordinator Coach Wayne Gumbs remains in place and is looking to build on an impressive 2016 where his unit only conceded 50 points in 13 games including 9 shut outs.

Returning with Coach Wayne will be Andy Davis returning as Linebackers coach. Re-joining this formidable unit will be Defensive Line Coach Bernie Hackshaw, A legend of Britball who has a better Salsa move than Victor Cruz. Bernie played alongside Coach Cassar at the Nottingham Hoods and Coach Gumbs at Coventry Jets, as well as several seasons as a Falcon.

On the Offensive side of the ball, there is a new OC in position to replace Stuart Franklin, but we cannot announce who this is at this stage, but they have a wealth of international experience, and will have the challenge of managing this high power offence who scored 50 points on a number of occasions last season.

Incoming Offensive Line coach will be Richard Barratt who Coach Cassar has brought in from Derby. Richard played with GM Guy Kersey at their East Midlands rivals Nottingham Caesars. Ady Edwards will be returning as running backs coach alongside Guy Kersey as a double act to help guide this talented group. Also on offence is wide receivers coach Andy Plant, a longtime Falcons receiver who will be passing on his wealth of experience to this group.

See Noel's views on the game and the season

 

 
3 Apr 2016

Leicester Riders

Sunday saw the first event of the Leicester Falcons partnership with the Leicester Riders basketball team. Twenty of the Falcons were introduced to the 2000 crowd at the game where the Riders convincingly beat Plymouth. General Manager, Guy Kersey, was interviewed on the court and the players walked the crowd handing out flyers to an eager audience.