POSITIONS AVAILABLE – Coaches and Officials

Posted: September 23, 2016 in American Football Job Opportunities Raiders Gridiron Academy Youth Football
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Bring it on Sports are hiring Coaches and Officials for the Raiders Youth Gridiron12342274_10153858110697642_7533652875985731358_n Academy.  All Coaches and Officials will be paid.  Coaches will be expected to manage groups of players aged 7-14yrs.

Successful Coaches will be required to:

  • be available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays Nights commencing the 11th October 2016 in addition to 1.5 hours on Friday Nights commencing the 14th October 2016. Coaching is held at David Phillips Sports Complex in Daceyville.
  • hold a current Australian Tax File Number
  • hold the USA Football Level 1 Tackle Certification. To complete this Certification please click on the link http://gridironaustralia.org.au/education/coaching-accreditation/
  • learn the rules of the game for 5 on 5 tackle Gridiron

Successful Officials will be required to:

  • be available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays Nights commencing the 11th October 2016 in addition to 1.5 hours on Friday Nights commencing the 14th October 2016. Coaching is held at David Phillips Sports Complex in Daceyville.
  • hold a current Australian Tax File Number
  • learn the rules of the game for 5 on 5 tackle Gridiron

All applications should include the following information as relevant to the position you are applying for:

  • Coaches – years of playing Tackle Gridiron & years of coaching Tackle Gridiron
  • Officials – years of officiating Tackle Gridiron
  • Any other relevant information and qualifications (First Aid etc)

To apply please send your resume to info@bringitonsports.com.au

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame to visit Australia!

Posted: May 10, 2016 in American Football Youth Football
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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour to visit Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

13173712_1128618040539245_7476569230873296713_nHonolulu, HI (May 10, 2016) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today a Goodwill Tour that will include visits to Apia, Auckland, Pago Pago and Sydney on June 6 -14, 2016.

Led by Super Bowl Champions and Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, the Goodwill Tour will raise awareness about the many educational opportunities American Football can provide for young Polynesians in the Pacific. Football clinics will also be open to all youth free of charge.

“We are thrilled to have the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame down under, said Paul Manera, local organizer and Director of Bring it On Sports.  “Jesse and Ma’a are legends in the Polynesian community and American Football.”

Youth clinic details and other events will be announced in the coming weeks. The Polynesian Football Goodwill Tour schedule is as follows: Pago Pago, American Samoa June 6 & 7; Apia, Samoa June 8 & 9; Auckland, New Zealand June 9 – 11, and Sydney, Australia June 11 – 14.

“The growth and success of Polynesians in American Football has been extraordinary,” said Jesse Sapolu, four-time Super Bowl Champion. “The emergence of Rugby legend and current San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne is a great example of this.”

“The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is committed to reaching Polynesian youth throughout the world, said two-time Super Bowl Champion Ma’a Tanuvasa. “American Football is a platform for educational opportunity.”

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About the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors.  A
s a 501(C)(3) organization, the Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Polynesian football history and awards scholarships for Polynesian student-athletes.

About Jesse Sapolu
  – As a former offensive lineman for the University of Hawai’i, Jesse played offensive guard and center for the San Francisco 49ers for 15 seasons (1983-97). He was named an All-Pro twice and is one of only 23 NFL players in history to win four or more Super Bowl Rings. Jesse is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and a Class of 2015 Inductee.

About Ma’a Tanuvasa – As a former defensive end for the University of Hawaii, Ma’a was an eighth round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams. He is a Two-Time Super Bowl Champion as a member of the Denver Broncos and led his team in sacks (1993, 1994). Ma’a was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He serves as Vice-Chairman and the Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.


Photo to the Left:  Paul Manera with Jesse Sapolu at the 2011 University of Hawaii Alumni Tailgate Party
Photo to the Right: Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanavasa at the Polynesian Cultural Center with the 2015 class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame


Posted: April 28, 2016 in American Football Hawaii USA Scholarships
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IMG_0602Current UH Offensive Line Coach, Chris Naeole, will be visiting Australia looking to recruit new talent for the UH Warriors Football Team.

This will be Coach Naeole’s 2nd trip to Australia.  On his visit down under last year, he discovered Max Hendrie, a rugby union player with Scots College.  This year he is hoping to continue his recruiting success by finding some more “diamonds in the rough”.


Naeole was drafted tenth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was highest selected guard since Eric Moore in 1988, and the first Colorado offensive lineman selected in the first round since Stan Brock in 1980. He served as Hawaii’s interim head coach for its final four games of the 2015 season and has coached the offensive line for the past three seasons.

Excitement is building in Australia as the NFL Draft starts tomorrow and this year there quite a few Australian’s in the mix, most notably, Adam Gotsis IMG_1451from Georgia Tech who was a 3 year starter as a Defensive Lineman and who has been noticed by NFL scouts.  This, coupled with the success of Jarryd Hayne, and the fact that the University of Hawaii will be in Australia to play their season opener against University of Cal in Sydney on Saturday 27 August 2016 brings American Football to a new place in Australia and we feel there will be more and more Australian’s keen on trying to make it to the NFL.

Bring it on Sports Director, Paul Manera, says that most people that play in the NFL have all played college football and it is seen as the first stepping stone to making it to the NFL.

Coach Naeole will be visiting Sydney from 5-7 May 2016.

For more information please contact Bring it on Sports via email at info@bringitonsports.com.au or call Paul Manera on 0406 538 634.



Posted: April 18, 2016 in American Football Camps & Clinics NFL FLAG School Sports Programs Youth Football
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YES!  It’s time of the year again in Australia!  The end of Term 1 of school and to be honest some parents dread it. What do you do with your kids?  How do you keep them entertained? We have brought a new sport to Australia that the kids will love!  It’s called NFL Flag.  

NFL FLAG provides opportunities for children age 7-17 to enjoy America’s favorite sport in Australia! Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

This is a no-contact sport, and penalties for contact will be enforced. Tackling, blocking, stiff-arming or physical contact of any kind is not allowed.

Football is one of the most exciting and popular sports for kids. But whether it’s because of limited size or ability, or the desire to keep from getting hurt, not all kids want to play tackle football and many parents are concerned about the violent nature of the game.

Flag football has proven to be a much safer sport for kids that still includes the high action appeal of football with far less of the common injuries associated with tackle football: concussions, broken bones, sprains, and dislocations.


TO REGISTER FOR AN NFL FLAG CAMP PLEASE GO TO: http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/events/nflflagcamp/

#growingthegame #nflflag #americanfootball #gridirion #schoolholidaycamps #bringitonsports


Posted: March 18, 2016 in American Football DownUnder Bowl
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The Down Under Bowl was inaugurated in 1989 and gives Australian and New Zealand football players the opportunity to train with and compete against USA High School Football Teams.

We are currently looking for a coach to supervise Australian and New Zealand gridiron players that are participating in this year’s Down Under Bowl on the Gold Coast.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assistant Gridiron coach with one of the USA Down Under Bowl Teams.
  • Supervise the Australian and New Zealand players and be a point of contact for them at the event on the Gold Coast.
  • Ensure that the players are following the rules and acting with great character and are ambassadors for the sport.
  • Liaise with parents and/or emergency contacts if required
  • Liaise with the Down Under Bowl Organisers

Qualifications and Criteria

  • Level 1 Gridiron Coaching Accreditation
  • Level 1 General Principals of Coaching
  • Successful working with Children Check for the Queensland (This can be completed after a successful Interview)
  • Applicants must be a resident of Australia

Dates Required

  • The successful applicant will be required to arrive in the Gold Coast on Monday the 27 June 2016 and depart the Gold Coast on Monday the 4 July 2016.


  • 7 Nights Accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Return Flight from the Gold Coast
  • Any Official Leisure tours that are included on the Down Under Bowl Itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and buffet dinner
  • Team Photo (athletes and coaches only)
  • Orientation meeting and pasta buffet
  • Hard Rock Cafe Dinner
  • 2 Meal Vouchers
  • Farewell Dinner

* Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change and are dependent on ISSI and the Down Under Bowl organisers.

How to Apply

Please send your Gridiron Coaching Resume including two relevant references from the Australian Gridiron Community. All applications need to be sent to info@bringitonsports.com.au

Please note: this is not a paid position however the above inclusion will be provided.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 1 April 2016

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Aussie Hawaii Gridiron Player growing the Game

Posted: March 14, 2016 in American Football Camps & Clinics Flag Gridiron NFL FLAG
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press release


Former Aussie Hawaii Gridiron Player helping to grow the game in Australia

Sydney, AUSTRALIA: Paul Manera might not be a name many people have heard of but in the Australian gridiron community he is a household name.

Manera is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii.  He was the second Australian to ever receive a schFootball In Paradise 016olarship to play American football at the college and played for the Rainbow Warriors from 1989 to 1991.  In his senior year at Hawaii Manera was selected to the Western Athletic Conference as an Academic All-Conference Player and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Finance.

Manera began his coaching career in the Spring Semester of 1992 where he assisted with the Hawaiian Offensive Line. It was during this time that he realised his calling and returned to Australia to help the game that had given him so many opportunities.

“I could have stayed in the USA and coached over there, there are friends that I coached with at Hawaii that are now Head Coaches or Coordinators in college who are enjoying great careers,  but I realised that I could really make a difference by coaching in Australia and it really motivated me to come home”.

In the 20+ years since hiIMG_9024s return to Australia, Paul Manera has coached at the Club, State, National, International and Professional level.  Arguably, his biggest contribution to the sport would have to have commenced in 2008 when he and his wife, Elissa, started their sports business.  Bring it on Sports specialises in teaching American Football in schools.  Their Flag Gridiron program has sustained steady growth and in 2015 they taught over 400 sessions at schools in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

Now they are taking it a step further – Bring it on Sports, led by Manera, are running NFL Flag Camps during the April and September 2016 School Holidays.  “Helping the game to grow down under has been really satisfying; the kids love playing Flag Gridiron and NFL Flag.  It’s also a great way for them to try the sport without having to put on the pads so it’s a great opportunity for boys and girls all over Australia to experience America’s favourite game.” Manera says.

NFL Flag School Holiday Camps will be held in Brisbane, Darwin, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth throughout 2016.  


For more Information:

Elissa Manera
Bring it on Sports


Posted: March 2, 2016 in American Football Camps & Clinics NFL FLAG Recruiting Talent Identification Combine USA Scholarships Youth Football
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2016 FOOTBALL IN AUSTRALIAIt is going to be a huge year for American Football (Gridiron) in Australia! Just check out this extensive list of things happening…


  1. Bring it on Sports launched our first ever NFL Flag School Holiday Camp in Sydney, it was a great success and are looking forward to taking NFL Flag throughout Australia!


  1. Aussie Max Hendrie sign a Full Scholarship to play Football at the University Of Hawaii.
  2. We have just hosted the 1st ever Australian Outback National Women’s Training Camp who are getting ready to compete at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Cup..
  3. The Australian Outback Under 19’s National Team had their selection camp.


  1. Aussies Adam Gotsis (Georgia Tech ) and Blake Muir (Baylor) are eligible for the NFL Draft.
  2. The Australian Gridiron League Stage Competitions kicks off for both Mens and Womens Football.
  3. Bring it on Sport will be holding their 3rd Talent Identification Combine in search of Aussie Talent
  4. Bring it on Sports will running NFL Flag School Holiday Camps in Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra


  1. The University of Hawaii will be coming to Sydney to scout for talent Aussie players for scholarships. We will have some more players that we can send their way.


  1. The Australian Outback Junior Team travel to China in July for their first ever appearance at the IFAF Under 19’s World Cup.
  2. The Australian Outback Mens Team are travelling to Tahiti in July to play against Tahiti and American Samoa which will be their 1st ever meeting..


  1. College Football comes to Sydney!  The Hawaii Warriors and the California Golden Bears play at ANZ Stadium on the 27th.


  1. Bring it on Sports will running NFL Flag School Holiday Camps in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth
  2. The first Australian NFL Flag Youth Competition will kick off in Sydney on Friday 14 October 2016.


  1. The National Gridiron League will be kicking off later this year.. It will be the 1st ever professional Gridiron League in Australia.


For more information on any of the above please feel free to contact us.