Football Canada and CFL Players’ Association unveil three-year partnership

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Football Canada and the CFL Players’ Association have formed a partnership to grow the game in Canada.

The three-year deal, announced on Tuesday, will focus on growth, learning and sport safety opportunities and is designed to “promote the development and growth of football in Canada over the next three years.” .

“Football has changed the lives of most CFLPA members, myself included, as it develops not only athletic skills but also character, fosters teamwork and forges lasting relationships,” said CFLPA President Solomon Elimimian in a statement. “This is an exciting opportunity to partner with Football Canada as we work together over the next few years to grow the game and enable more young people in Canada to learn and play football.”

The strategy included the Football Canada First Down program, aimed at children aged four to eight.

The ACPLF and Canada’s amateur football governing body will be hosting free one-day non-contact forums during Football Weekend in Canada (September 16-18). Dates, times and locations will be announced in August.

“Our goal is to introduce a record number of children to the sport for the first time during Canada Football Weekend,” said Football Canada President Jim Mullin. “I can think of no better way to introduce our sport to children and their families than with an AAPFC Ambassador helping teach the First Down program. »

The partnership will also provide programs for current members of the ACPLF to obtain their coaching certification. Sport-wide safety initiatives are also planned.

Other programs will be unveiled in the coming months.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 19, 2022.

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