THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – In partnership with the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association, Football Manitoba is seeking players for its provincial team in upcoming competitions.

This year is a first for the city since the 2 head coaches of the provincial team come to town to see potential recruits.

75 players in grades 8-11 attended the first of a 2-day camp Friday at Lakehead University to prepare for the identification process, doing drills and honing their skills with minor football coaches and high school teams.

On Saturday, the head coaches will then see what they are made of – preparing their invitations to attend the phase 2 of the selection process which will take place in Winnipeg, at the end of April.

“Great to have this opportunity, locally, for our players to show off their skills at home for Manitoba coaches,” said Ryan Bliznikas, Vice President of TBMFA (who also represents Thunder Bay provincially as Vice -President of Football Manitoba AND on the Board of Directors of Football Canada),

“Our players have a long history of being named team captains, tournament MVPs with those teams, and then being selected as Team Canada All-Stars.”

Having the possibility of programs allows the skills that are developed here locally to be seen on a much bigger stage by people like USport and the CJFL, which has always been difficult in the past without the partnership with Football Manitoba. The strengthened partnership between the TBMFA and Football Manitoba has increased opportunities for players to increase their skills and reach.

This weekend ID Camp is a continuation of the Prep Camp held in February where players signed up to complete drills over several days culminating in a combine (a technical assessment measuring players’ abilities), during a record year for TBMFA. The association saw a record number of Spring Flag entries, was selected to lead a provincial team for the U16 Men’s High Performance Flag AND an U16 Women’s High Performance Flag in addition to a First Down program in June for young people aged 4 to 8 years. .

Good luck to all registrants this weekend who are making Thunder Bay proud with their dedication and performance in these provincial opportunities.


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