ONE of sport's biggest occasions touches down on Sunday and a West Fife club hopes it can help them score a place in a British league.

Members of the Dunfermline Kings, the town's only full-contact American football team that is part of Carnegie American Football Club, will be part of a global audience of millions glued to their screens for Super Bowl LIII featuring the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.

They will gather for a Super Bowl party to watch the drama unfold and are offering an invitation to anyone with an interest in the game to join them, and take part in open trials for their team earlier in the day.

The Kings are offering West Fifers of all shapes, sizes and experiences to give the game a go at a 'rookie' try-out at their Duloch Leisure Centre base and become involved with the club, which they hope will in turn help them gain membership of the British American Football Association (BAFA) League next year.

They are currently going through the 2019 associate process in their bid to join, which includes playing a minimum number of matches and fulfilling certain criteria on and off the field.

The number of players that they have on their roster is part of that but Richard Douglas, a player and member of Kings' sub-committee, says that they are above all keen to give new people exposure to playing and understanding the game in a safe and fun environment.

"It's an exciting time for the club; there has been a significant upturn in players and qualified coaches over the last while," he commented.

"We are very much in a development and growth phase and, having had a lot of new people join the club in the last year, it has brought with it a very positive atmosphere and direction.

"Specifically for the Dunfermline Kings, we are going through the 2019 associate process to get into the BAFA League in 2020. Having a Dunfermline team within the UK leagues would be a huge boost for the local area. Joining various other teams from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow would be another great achievement for Dunfermline and wider Fife."

Carnegie American Football Club was established in 2013 and field teams in the BAFA National Flag Football League, a non-contact version of the game popularised by the NFL.

The Kings were established three years later, while a junior kitted team – the Dunfermline Saints – has also been created for youngsters aged eight and over.

The final open try-out will be held on the artificial pitch at Duloch Leisure Centre on Sunday from 10am-12pm, and any player aged 18 and over is welcome, with only boots and a gumshield needed.

The Super Bowl party, which will run from 7pm-4am at the Ball Room, Queen Anne Street, is open to all and tickets, which include a prize raffle, competitions and hot dog, cost £10.

For more information, you can find the club on Facebook, or visit