A TASTE of one of America’s biggest and best loved sports comes to the Capital on Sunday.
That’s the day professional NFL player Christian Scotland-Williamson will join families and children at Holyrood Park, between 10am and 2pm to teach the basics of NFL FLAG (non contact) football.
Scotland-Williamson is only the second rugby union professional to walk away from his professional playing contract in order to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.
It followed the successful transition of former England 7’s international Alex Gray, who has progressed onto a Futures Contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
Scotland-Williamson, like Gray, was selected as part of the new NFL International Player Pathway programme, which targets world class athletes in other sports, outside of North America, who have the athletic capability and skill set to potentially compete to play in the NFL with a selected franchise.
He is now part of the Practice Squad at the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018/19 season – the first team he ever watched play as a young boy growing up in the UK.
NFL Flag, presented by Subway, is a programme which aims to bring the NFL closer to everyone by encouraging families to get fit and active.
On Sunday, Scotland-Williamson will on hand to take part in drills and exercises.
The special NFL coaching session is part of the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K fun which starts at 12pm, including a bouncy obstacle course for children as well as the traditional 5k route near the Royal Mile.
Teachers and schools can also request NFL Flag be brought to their school by filling out a registration at www.nfluk.com/events/subway-schools.html