The NTU Renegades American football team is the newest member of the premiership for universities in the UK. We compete at a high level and have fun on and off the field.
Following a league ruling that split the joint NTU/ University of Nottingham team into two separate university teams, Chris O’Dea #23, the original President, created the NTU Renegades in 2008.
Each year, the 2 Nottingham Universities compete in the Charity Varsity series and aim to bring home the Varsity title each year. The NTU Renegades have won all but one meeting of the Varsity Series.
The 2012-13 season for the NTU Renegades, under new club President Marcus “Patches” Boswell, was the most successful up to that year. With a 10-2 record and some silverware to boot. Alongside remaining unbeaten in the Varsity fixture versus the University of Nottingham Students (then Outlaws)by defeating them 28-0, the Renegades went on a rampant postseason scoring spree which accumulated in an outstanding 49-28 win over Southampton Stags to secure the first ever piece of silverware in the form of the BUCS National Plate Trophy. For a 2nd successive year, the performances of the American Football team were recognised by the hierarchy of the University and Students’ Union as the Renegades were awarded the title of ‘NTU BUCS Team of the Year.’
NTU went into the 2013-2014 season as the favourites to retain their title. Having acquired future-President Chris Stone from the United States and Great Britain running back and former league MVP Adam hope, expectations were high. Unfortunately, the Renegades season didn’t turn out as hoped. In the league opening ‘Xplosion’ fixture away at Birmingham, the Renegades lost despite having an early lead. The team recovered, only losing one more game throughout the regular season (Loughborough) and entered the post season with an opportunity to defend their title. Heartbreak ensued as the Renegades lost to the Exeter Demons on a last second touchdown.
The 2014-2015 season started with a bang. The Renegades rolled out to a 7-0 start. Their powerhouse offense and stout defence had decisive victories including 46-6 (Coventry), 26-0 (UoN), and blowout victories over Wolverhampton (42-0), DMU (63-0), and Leicester (71-0). A disappointing loss to Worcester in the rain (6-0) spoiled an otherwise perfect regular season. The Renegades bounced back with a 51-0 win over Northampton before entering the post season. The Renegades couldn’t get over the playoff hump in 2015 however. Their one loss to Worcester lost their chance for home field advantage and the Renegades lost to Sheffield Hallam 24-13.
At the end of the 2014-2015 season the Renegades retired the number 24 in recognition of the long-term commitment of Marcus “Patches” Boswell to developing the club.
The 2015-16 season saw the Renegades reach new heights as they earned a promotion the premiership. The season started with victories over division rival Warwick and cross town rival Nottingham. Throughout the regular season the Renegades only lost one game (away at Warwick) and entered the playoffs with a high seed.
They opened the playoffs at home with a nail biter against Leeds Beckett Carnegie then travelled to the University of Nottingham and pulled out a tight 12-6 victory. The regional final was against Glasgow and the Renegades had a dramatic come from behind victory in the final minutes to earn a promotion to the premiership. The Renegades lost the National Final to Swansea in Leeds but ultimately earned a promotion to play with the best ten uni teams in the UK.