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Britain's leading American football teams will battle for championship glory at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on September 24-25.

BritBowl XXV (25) - the championship weekend of The British American Football Association National Leagues - will see eight finals take place over the course of two hard-hitting, action-packed days.

Thousands of gridiron fans will see clubs across senior and junior levels crowned champions of the UK. But the weekend event will appeal to more than just avid sports fans. BritBowl XXV will feature live music performances, as well as a host of rides and attractions for all the family.

Event organiser Drew Anderson says: "BritBowl XXV is the highlight of the British American football calendar and I am confident this event will serve as a wonderful advert for this thrilling and intense sport.

"We are planning to make this year's BritBowl the biggest and best yet, which means it will appeal to American football fans in the UK but also offer a great day out for families looking to experience something a little different in London.

"By returning to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre - which boasts a rich American football history - we have given ourselves the best possible chance of making this year's event truly special and we look forward to unveiling more exciting plans in the near future."

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre - which will serve as the UK base of the Brazilian Olympic team in 2012 - hosted the very first American football match in the United Kingdom on November 23, 1910 when the crew of the USS Idaho took on their counterparts from the USS Vermont. It last played host to a British American football final in 1990.

The venue has also been used by elite NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears as a training base ahead of preseason friendlies at Wembley Stadium. The site served as the home of the NFL Europe League's London Monarchs in 1998.

A pair of London clubs are leading the race to appear in the elite Premier Division Final on Saturday September 24. The undefeated London Warriors - featuring television personality and massive NFL fan VERNON KAY among their playing squad - are on course to meet the reigning champions and one of the strongest teams in Europe in the London Blitz.

Some of the UK's most exciting and unique live music acts will be performing at BritBowl XXV (25) - the official championship weekend for the BAFA (British American Football Association) National Leagues - at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in September.

THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE - critically acclaimed by NME magazine - have received rave reviews after performing at major music festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival and Hyde Park. They will perform ahead of the BAFA National Leagues Premier Division Final on Saturday September 23.

The nine-piece band uses an array of instruments including the fiddle, banjo, washboard, saxophone and empty bottles. They describe their style as bourbon-soaked, gypsy blues Bop ‘n' Stroll. They list some of their musical influences as The Clash, Chuck Berry and The Pogues.

They will be joined by human beatbox and hip-hop sensation LIPPICOOL, who has also performed at Glastonbury and recently became the talk of BBC Radio One's Big Weekends.

Event organiser DREW ANDERSON says: "We are delighted to secure the services of two of the UK's most exciting up and coming music acts for BritBowl XXV. I am confident the Urban Voodoo Machine and Lippicool will entertain and excite the crowd on hand at Crystal Palace and make it a weekend to remember.

"BritBowl XXV not only showcases the very best in British American football with eight national finals over two days, the event is also of interest to families and has something for everybody."

Street dancers from around the world will also be performing at BritBowl XXV over the weekend of September 23-24. International teams competing in the UK leg of The World of Dance Tour will be on hand to entertain American football fans on the Saturday and Sunday.

Fans can enjoy refreshments, including a hog roast, and ladies will be able to visit their own women's only area. Those looking for thrills away from the hard-hitting action can play the latest computer games in the EA Sports pod or try their hand at a state-of-the-art Formula 1 simulator.