WINNIPEG, MB: On Thursday, January 25 at 4:30 PM the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Police Association (in partnership with the University of Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, and Spence Neighbourhood Association) kicked off the 5th annual Winnipeg Youth Football Club – an after-school flag football program for youth in downtown Winnipeg.
Each week, more than 200 youth from 10 different schools and organizations in Winnipeg’s central area receive free certified flag football coaching for 90 minutes, dinner, t-shirts, and school bus transportation to and from the club, which takes place at the University of Winnipeg Axworthy Health & Recplex.
To celebrate the first week of the camp, Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Matthias Goossen and linebacker Thomas Miles were guest coaches and provided a mentorship message and thanked the WPA for their presenting sponsorship of the Club.
“The Blue Bombers are committed to supporting flag and tackle football at all levels,” said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “We’re proud to work with our partners to provide youth with a safe and fun after-school program where they can learn flag football fundamentals and stay active.”
This is the fifth year of the program, and the second year the Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) has been the presenting partner.
“Both the Winnipeg Police Association and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have long, successful histories supporting youth in the community,” said Maurice Sabourin, President, WPA. “The WPA is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Winnipeg Youth Football Club and we look forward to continuing to connect and work with inner-city youth.”
“Participation in sports is not only fun but the benefits to health and well-being are immeasurable,” added George Van Mackelbergh, Vice President, WPA. “As police officers, we see the positive impact sports have on youth and we’ve experienced it in our own lives. The sport of football and all team sports impart important life lessons and values to young people for a productive and happy life.”
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