Changes for 2016 season
Sadly the Birmingham Bears have had to withdraw from the 2016 AFLCNE season. Their playing numbers are such, that they wouldn’t be in a position to fulfil fixtures this year. The Bears are fully aware of the ramifications of this for the league but in the absence of so many organisers from previous years have made this decision rather than forfeit continuously throughout the season.
They are not folding completely and will continue to train in Birmingham and keep an active presence on social media whilst allowing any available players to compete in the AFLCNE for their nearest team the Wolverhampton Wolverines. It is hoped that the Bears will be in a position to re-join the League in 2017.
The league fixtures will be completed as previously published but with double headers involving the Bears becoming single headers and their direct opponents having a bye week. The altered fixture list will be available at aflcne.com shortly.