VIDEO: Charity American flag football tournament raises money for cancer and mental health charities

A hard fought Amercian flag football tournament in Northampton saw 24 teams brave a blustery Saturday to raise more than £1,600 for charities.

Charity Bowl II held at the Racecourse, saw 24 teams from across the UK take part with the monies raised set to go to Macmillan Cancer Care and Northamtpon mental health charity Spectrum.

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Chichester (blue) V Warwick Wolverines (red). NNL-150203-021509009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Chichester (blue) V Warwick Wolverines (red). NNL-150203-021509009

The mixed-sex competition was won by the Cardiff Hurricanes, while the womens’ contest was won by the Coventry Cougars.

Organiser Amy Griffiths, 27, of East Hunsbury, said: “We are really thrilled to have raised this much money, we weren’t expecting that at all.”

Miss Griffiths, who is captain of the Northants Phantoms flag American Football team said the sport is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with many people preferring it to its full-contact counterpart.

Instead of bruising tackles typical of the full game, competitors carry a flag, which the defending team must try and remove to tackle their opponents.

We are really thrilled to have raised this much money, we weren’t expecting that at all

Amy Griffiths

While the event on Saturday saw £800 raised through a raffle and by each player paying a £3 fee to play, banks Santander and Barclaycard agreed to match fund that amount to take the total to £1,659.

For more information about Northants Phantoms, head to www.facebook.com/northantsamericanflagfootball

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Reading Lions (black) V Coventry Cougars (grey). NNL-150203-021344009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Reading Lions (black) V Coventry Cougars (grey). NNL-150203-021344009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Black Panthers (Coventry) V Sheffield Vipers (green). NNL-150203-021209009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Black Panthers (Coventry) V Sheffield Vipers (green). NNL-150203-021209009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Northants Phantoms. NNL-150203-021614009

A charity American Football Tournament at the Racecourse in aid of Macmillan and Spectrum, organised by Amy Griffiths from Northants Phantoms.'Northants Phantoms. NNL-150203-021614009