Laura Hill plays her part helping her team make it to the Britbowl championship as the only female member of the Farnham Knights. Tom Cann spoke to Hill for Sports in Surrey.
Laura Hill is one of just three women to currently play in the British American Football League. She is an integral part of the Farnham Knights Senior team playing alongside and against all male squads.
Hill has made appearances for the Great Britain Women’s team, and currently plays Offensive line, left tackle for the Farnham Knights as a very important part of the team protecting the quarterback as he makes passes.
Hill was also the first female to play in the top division of American Football in Britain, when she made an appearance against London Blitz last season back in April, after helping the Knights to win promotion from Division One two years ago.
When talking about the growth of Women playing American Football Hill said: “Women’s American Football in the UK is one of the fastest growing women sports in the last three years. We’ve now been given the go ahead to play flag in school as well.”
Hill originally started playing Rugby at University, until someone suggested she joined the Farnham Knights. In an interview with the BBC in May 2016 she said ‘when I originally joined, there was some hesitancy.’ Hill has said that the ‘lads had been very welcoming’ to her however.
Hill will be part of a Farnham Knights team that are hoping to win the Britbowl this upcoming season starting in April, after their last win in the competition back in 2004.