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DE&S’ Levi helps Great Britain American football team achieve something they hadn’t done in over 27 years

Levi Smith has helped the Great Britain American football team register their first major tournament win for more than 25 years.

Levi, a member of the DE&S Commercially Supported Shipping team, has recently returned from Vantaa – around 30 minutes from Helsinki in Finland – where, at
the European Championship, he was part of the squad that defeated Denmark 33-16.

His job, as a left guard, was to use his 6ft tall 20-stone frame and speed to protect his quarterback and running backs from being drilled unceremoniously into the turf.

Being able to pull on that jersey, run out with the team and sing ‘God save the Queen’ is one of the best moments in life I could ever hope for.

His job, as a left guard, was to use his 6ft tall 20-stone frame and speed to protect his quarterback and running backs from being drilled unceremoniously into the turf.

“Being able to pull on that jersey, run out with the team and sing ‘God save the Queen’ is one of the best moments in life I could ever hope for”, Levi said.

“We lost against Finland and France, but had a good win over Denmark in our final game, which was very satisfying and our first win at a major tournament for 27 years.”

That win, as well as shaking a significant weight from the team’s back, saw them finish fifth overall, giving Levi the bragging rights that he represents one of the best teams in Europe.

DE&S gave me special paid leave to attend the championships and it’s something that I’m incredibly grateful for, because it’s an experience I will never forget.

But how did a man born in Dorset, raised in the south of France and educated in Gloucestershire find himself playing such an inherently American sport?

“I was introduced to rugby in France when I was six and have loved contact sports ever since”, Levi, an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, says.

“I had gone as far as I could with rugby and when my flat mate at university was asked to coach an American Football team he dragged me along and I haven’t looked back.

“I love the physicality but also that it’s so strategic. It’s like a very brutal game of chess with some play books having more than 100 plays that you have to remember.”

Levi now plays for the Bristol Aztecs based at the SGS WISE sports academy in Filton, less than a mile from MOD Abbey Wood, where he is based.

“DE&S gave me special paid leave to attend the championships and it’s something that I’m incredibly grateful for, because it’s an experience I will never forget.”

For more stories like this download September’s edition of DE&S’ corporate magazine Desider.

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