From the desk of Jesse Maddox
Today, I officially step down as the Head Coach of the London Beefeaters Football Club.
When I was hired in January 2019, it was an absolute pleasure and honour to be named the London Beefeaters Head Coach. It was a dream come true for me.
Today is very bittersweet for me - this has been an incredibly difficult decision. 2020 has been an absolute tough year for many people, myself included. I need to take time to focus on my career in BC, my education and most importantly, my children. With the CJFL decision to cancel the 2020 season, I feel in my heart that this is the best time for me to step away and focus on these things. I want to specifically thank Rob and Jen Annen for everything they did for me and for having my back during all my madness - I do appreciate it! My coaching staff for putting up with me - you guys made my job easy! To the 2019 and 2020 Beefeater players - I've watched us change, build, grow and become strong men who understand how to win. The hundreds of athletes I've gotten to know through the recruiting process & pestered about becoming a Beefeater! And also, my friends, family and my children, Peyton & Jaxon.
London is my hometown. I am a former Beefeaters player and I truly believe that I am leaving the Beefeaters program in great shape moving forward, with so much potential to continue building on the successes of 2019. From the top down, the Beefeaters are ready for the next step. I'm excited to see what's next in Beefeaters greatness! - Jesse Maddox
The CJFL is focused on returning to play in 2021 and continue to plan for a full season leading up to the Canadian Bowl National Championship.
The cancellation of the 2020 season affected all of our players but most significantly those athletes that are nearing the end of their eligibility. The decision has been made to extend the eligibility of those players 22 years of age in 2020 (born 1998) for one additional season in 2021. Furthermore for those players 21 years of age in 2020 (born 1999) they have been granted one additional year of eligibility as well for the 2022 season. The CJFL remains committed to players that have chosen the CJFL as their long-term development path. To be eligible for this extended eligibility, affected players must have been on a 2019 CJFL roster, or registered with the CJFL (including those signed to a letter of intent) prior to August 6, 2020.
The CJFL and our 18 member teams continue to work towards a successful 2021 season.
The Canadian Junior Football League has determined that it is not feasible to operate a regular season or playoffs for the 2020 season. Our focus and attention will now be on our return to play plan for the 2021 season.
“It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators”, stated CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, the CJFL has followed all public health guidelines and will continue to support them in the future. Unfortunately, at this stage, return to play guidelines do not allow for large enough gatherings to make training and competition safe for our athletes. Despite our hope that the situation in Canada would improve and allow for the CJFL to proceed with the 2020 season, the health and safety challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing risk to our players, coaches and staffs make it unfeasible for the CJFL teams to compete in 2020.
"Our teams play an important role in their communities. All CJFL teams will continue to engage with their players and communities as regional public health regulations allow." continued Pankovich.
We look forward to returning to competition in 2021.