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Jaguars host playing academy in UK

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the Jaguars extended their agreement to play a home game in London each year through the 2020 season, it proved that they've embraced London as their home away from home.

It also showed that they're intent on establishing themselves in the UK beyond that one regular season game. This week they hosted over 160 British amateur American football players at a special playing academy at Loughborough University.

The goal of the academy is to improve the quality of play among UK and European amateur players. The camp attendees also had to opportunity to learn from members of the Jaguars coaching staff and alumni.

Special Teams coach Mike Mallory and Marcus Stroud were among those on the host committee. Jaguars running back Denard Robinson also made the trip across the pond and he left the campers with a few words of advice.

“You have to have discipline to play this game,” said Robinson. “You also have to understand that listening is important. You have to have attention to detail at all times and you’ve to play the game with a passion and have fun doing it.”