New NFL Academy prepares to open its doors in London

Updated 1024 GMT (1824 HKT) September 6, 2019
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A recent trial in London hosted 150 teenagers attempting to win a place for the inaugural year of the NFL Academy. NFLUK
Tottenham Hotspurs' new ground -- the first custom-built NFL stadium outside the US -- provided a stunning background for the young athletes to showcase their prowess. Nick Pike/NFL UK
They undertook exercises similar to the NFL scouting system intended to test speed and explosiveness. NFLUK
There were two jumping drills -- the vertical jump (pictured) and the broad jump. NFLUK
An agility drill tested trialists' ability to change direction at speed. NFLUK
And the 40-yard dash tested raw speed -- an invaluable attribute for a running back or wide receiver. NFLUK
A number of British NFL stars were in attendance to inspire the young hopefuls, including Carolina Panthers' defensive end Efe Obada (right). NFLUK