Giving Back to the Community Through Sport

By Sam Thomas | 24th October 2016 | 2 min read

Liam Snape, Pre-sales Consultant at IRIS, recently organised for two top stars of the NFL to visit Manchester and coach American football to local children.

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As part of IRIS’ Corporate Social Responsibility, our employees are encouraged to take part in charitable activities both outside and inside of work. This month, Liam Snape, Pre-sales Consultant here at IRIS took things one step further, and through his work with the Manchester Titans American football team, arranged for two established NFL stars to visit Manchester and work with All Hallows High School in Salford to teach the sport to children.

The Players Involved

Donald Jones is a former Wide Receiver for the Buffalo Bills and Nick Barnett played as a Line Backer for the Greenbay Packers – winning the Super Bowl with the team in 2011 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both players have over 15 years of professional NFL experience between them, playing for teams such as the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

American football has recently been added to school’s games across the UK, and the event was organised to give the children the opportunity to try the sport out. Over 70 children took part in a full day of coaching and drills to learn the basics of the sport on Friday.

The next day, over 80 people turned up to be coached by Donald and Nick for an open training session, giving people with an interest in the sport the rare opportunity to learn from former professional players.

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