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Football Canada Summit

10/01/2020, 10:00am PDT
By Supplied

The CJFL will partner with the CFL and USports

Canadian leaders in football announced that they will come together for a two-part Canadian Football Summit Meeting Series. The first of two-discussion series will be held remotely throughout the month of October. Stakeholders have identified five key areas of focus for the initial series of discussions. Within each area of focus, the group will review the current state of the game and collaboratively identify and explore key opportunities to further grow and develop the sport.

Leadership from Football Canada, Canadian Football League (CFL), Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), U SPORTS and leadership from the Canada West, OUA, RSEQ and AUS have confirmed their participation for the first of two-round meeting series.

“We have the opportunity to do something which is long overdue and that’s to bring this game together as a unified force,” said Football Canada President, Jim Mullin. “I get the sense from the isolation of phone and Zoom calls we are all sharing, that the desire to work cooperatively is at an all-time high. We have a unique opportunity for the sport to emerge with a renewed energy, organization and purpose. I want to ensure football is ready for Canadians when we fully step back into our communities and the game.”

The second set of discussions will seek further detailed discussion and alignment on female tackle football, high school football, flag football, specific diversity issues and regional relationships. The second round will follow a similar format and will run over two weeks early this winter.

“We are committed to this Summit as we work towards a strong return in 2021,” said CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.   Working collaboratively with our Canadian football partners is extremely important as we return from missing a season on the field due to the pandemic. We are thrilled to be participating in these discussions and working groups with others from across the country to provide new and improved football opportunities for young athletes.”

Key topics that will be on the agenda this month include:

1.    Programming and New Engagement
Focus on enhancing, supporting, and promoting the existing grass roots youth football programming being delivered across the country. While also exploring ways to further introduce the game of football (contact and non-contact) to new populations of youth. The group will also discuss paths to coaching, officiating and diversity.

2.    Competitions and Events
The group will review the current calendar of Canadian Football events and discuss opportunities to align operations that will build stronger revenue streams, increase media attention & broaden audiences.

3.    International
Discussions will focus on how the Canadian Football ecosystem can further align to solidify Canada’s position as global leader in the sport while also supporting the globalization of the game.

4.    Information and Visibility
Stakeholders will address opportunities to enhance the promotion and recognition of Canadian Football endeavours.

5.    Alignment
Leaders will assess the possibility of streamlining and standardizing various processes to create resources that are beneficial to multiple parties.

This marks the first Football Summit Series since 2006.

Welcome Quinte Skyhawks

09/28/2020, 8:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The CJFL expands in Ontario to its 18th team

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is elated to announce the expansion Quinte Skyhawks will begin play in the Ontario Conference in 2021.

The Skyhawks become the 18th team in the CJFL and sixth in the Ontario Conference.

“My goal and vision has always been to bring next level football to our region, being in a smaller market I wanted to give athletes opportunity to showcase the love they have for football,” says Skyhawks’ President Peter Gabriel.  “Joining the CJFL was a natural progression giving athletes the opportunity to continue to play the sport they love after high school. For me it’s about creating opportunities for our youth. The CJFL provides for many athletes that think their football days are behind them, the opportunity to continue to live out their passion and dream of playing football at a higher level. Football is more than a game, it’s a life journey that mentors and guides young men preparing them for the next phase of their lives. That’s the CJFL factor!”

Players of the Skyhawks will not only come from Belleville, but the team plans to draw players and coaches from Kingston to Oshawa to Peterborough.  This area of Ontario has an established flag football league, has strong high school programs and an extremely talented bantam league with nine teams in the Quinte Skyhawks Minor Football League.

“It’s a very exciting day for all of us in the CJFL,” says Commissioner Jim Pankovich.  “With the cancellation of our 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a welcomed announcement.  This shows the CJFL continues to head in the right direction and we believe Peter has the right people in place and the right plan to be a successful franchise for years to come.”

The Skyhawks will play out of Mary Ann Sills Park in Belleville, which is a field turf surface.   It is a multi-use facility hosting the Ontario OFSAA Track and Field meet and the Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

The club will have another major announcement on Wednesday, followed by the naming of the team’s first ever head coach on Friday.

Belleville Ontario is 188kms east of Toronto and 230kms west of Ottawa.   The last census in 2016 counted 50,720 people living in the Belleville area which is home of the Bay of Quinte.  Locals and visitors can enjoy world class wine and amazing farm to table restaurants.

Another strong region for the Skyhawks is Quinte West (formally known as Trenton) which has a population of 43,577 and is 25 minutes from Belleville.  It is also the home of the National Air Force Museum of Canada.

Built Foord Tough

09/25/2020, 12:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Receiver Iassc Foord of the Regina Thunder

Photo courtesy of Wanda Harron Photography

In 2019 Isaac Foord of the Regina Thunder had an All-Canadian season.

He was an offensive weapon through the air for the Thunder often coming up with some outstanding, eye popping catches.  In all he finished with 31 receptions for 605 yards and had a pair of touchdowns.  He and fellow receiver Ethan Douglas were a deadly 1-2 punch.

Not only named an All-Canadian, but Foord was also named the Prairie Conference most Outstanding Receiver.

He also was dangerous on special teams returning 19 punts for 176 yards.

Check out his highlights …

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