Dionte Jelks

Dionte Jelks

Flag football, tennis camps start soon

The Cariboo Memorial Complex will be hosting two flag football programs Aug. 6-8 for kids aged 8-11 years and 12 to 14 years.

The Cariboo Memorial Complex will be hosting two flag football programs Aug. 6-8 for kids aged 8-11 years and 12 to 14 years.

“The kids will have a great time learning flag football basics such as agility drills, positions and football plays while burning energy, meeting sports-oriented friends and having a blast,” said Suzanne Cochrane, recreation programmer for the city.

Both boys and girls are welcome to register in this no-contact sports program.

Instructor Dionte Jelks is returning to teach this year’s program and brings a wealth of experience including knowledge as a physical education teacher and a varsity football coach at various colleges and high schools in the U.S. and Canada.

“Another of Dionte’s talents is that he coached junior tennis in the U.S. and we are thrilled to have him as our kids’ tennis instructor,” Cochrane said. “Tennis is a great sport for kids to learn as the very nature of the game of serving, returning and rallying makes tennis a highly-active kids’ sport.

“Movement on the course helps develop balance, agility and  . Mental focus is also sharpened through tennis because decision-making and concentration are necessary every time a ball is hit.”

Kids tennis is offered through Recreation Services from Aug. 12-16 for ages 5-8 and 9-12. All equipment is provided.

To register, or for more information on the flag football or tennis programs for kids, call the Cariboo Memorial Complex at 250-398-7665.

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