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CFL Draft Memories

05/03/2021, 12:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Shaq Johnson of the London Beefeaters

The 2021 CFL Draft is scheduled for Tuesday and BC Lions receiver Shaq Johnson knows all about the Draft after going through the experience in 2016.  

Prior to the Draft, Johnson played for the London Beefeaters in 2015 helping them back to the post season with 30 receptions for 606 yards and eight touchdowns that year.  He also returned 15 kicks for 299 yards including a 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

From there Johnson entered the CFL Draft in 2016 and heard his name called in the fourth round, 32nd overall by the BC Lions.   Just a few short months later, he made his pro debut on October 14, 2016 in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

After being used sparingly in his rookie campaign, in 2017 Johnson exploded onto the scene starting all 18 games for the Lions making 30 receptions for 521 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was the Lions nominee for the CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Award.  Then in 2019 Johnson had a career-year finishing with 39 receptions for 597 yards and two majors.

Back in January he signed an extension to stay in Vancouver with the Lions for the upcoming 2021 season.

He talks with Ryan Watters to reminisce about his CFL Draft experience in 2016.

Football Canada Job Posting

03/11/2021, 1:30pm PST
By Supplied

Manager, Non Contact Football

Football Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

MANAGER, NON-CONTACT FOOTBALL

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Lead the development of Football Canada’s non-contact programs and events in conjunction with the Provincial Sport Organization. Football Canada is seeking an individual to serve as Technical and Events staff. This individual will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for coordinating, developing and administrating all activities related to National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) and the Football Canada Officials Certification Program for non-contact football (flag, Sevens, and touch). The individual shall guide and support the efforts of the National Office Staff, Directors/Chairpersons, Committees, and other Volunteers in the fulfilment of their roles and duties.

Areas of focus will include the following:

• Manage Player Development

• Manage Officials Development

• Manage Coach Development

• Manage High Performance

• Manage Rules and Safety

• Manage Non-Contact Events

The ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications and experience:

• Post-secondary degree preferably in Physical Education/Coaching or Sport Management.

• Coaching background – certified NCCP Training or equivalent experience.

• Experience delivering sport clinics and / or camps

• Works well with others as a team player.

• Be an effective communicator (writing and speaking).

• Strong organizational skills. • Experience coordinating events • Computer knowledge in Windows, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office (incl. Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and Microsoft Outlook.

• Ability and willingness to work some extended hours, and • Have the ability and willingness to do some traveling approximately 5-7 weeks per year.

• Non-contact football experience will be considered an asset

• Ability to fluently communicate in both official languages is an asset.

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position type: 2 Year Contract

Location: Option to working remotely within Canada

Application deadline: March 14th, 2021 please send applications to sdonovan@footballcanada.com

Expected start date: March 31st, 2021

All responses are appreciated, however, only those selected for an interview will receive a reply.

You must include the following in your submission:
A) Three references (including addresses and phone numbers).
B) Salary Expectations; and
C) Date of availability to commence employment.

Football Canada approves the CJFL

03/03/2021, 2:15pm PST
By Supplied

Football Canada is proud to welcome the CJFL as an Associate Member.

Football Canada is proud to welcome the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) as an Associate Member.

The approval of the CJFL marks the fourth Associate Member to join Football Canada in the last year, joining the Canadian Football League, U SPORTS and the Canadian Football Officials Association.

“Football Canada is now the hub of communications for our national contact football organizations to connect, collaborate and partner with grassroots football across the country,” Football Canada President Jim Mullin said.

“Coming out of this pandemic, it is critical that all football organizations within Canada work together as one instead of against each other to get all of our teams and players back on the field safely,” added CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.  “I’m excited to be able to share best practices and ideas across the country to not only build our CJFL game, but football as a whole.  This partnership with the other organizations will give more opportunities for young men and women to play this game.”

The alliance creates pathways for expanded work on CJFL teams to participate in developing the game at the community level with Football Canada programming like First Down and CFL Futures focused on participation for youth under-12. It is also a catalyst for discussion with the CFL and U SPORTS to align areas of operations and events.

“We have already started a dialogue between the partners about how we can work together as a football community to maximize our high-performance events and contribute to minor football, and the CJFL is at the centre of that discussion,” continued Mullin.

The CJFL’s membership in Football Canada was facilitated by the recent ratification of Ontario Football Conference (OFC) Juniors return to the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA), the responsible body for football’s governance in Ontario. The OFC is set to host the CJFL championship Canadian Bowl this November, showcasing the talent and level of enthusiasm for junior football in the province and across the country.

ABOUT FOOTBALL CANADA: Established in 1880 and reconstituted in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally.