A new flag football program is being offered to youth by the city.

A new flag football program is being offered to youth by the city.

New flag football program offered

The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex rolled out a new flag football program called Touchdown Run-Around.

The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex has been chosen by BC Sport Funding Agency to receive a grant from the province of B.C. in order to support local sport development programs in the community.

The city’s recreation services department says it is excited to roll out the new flag football program, Touchdown Run-Around.

With assistance from the grant, the city was able to purchase brand new flag football equipment to include three types of flag belts, three sizes of footballs for various age groups, and specialized speed and agility equipment.

The flag football program started Monday, April 23 at the TRU sports field, despite the rain.

Thirty participants ranging in age from eight to 18 years had 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.  Boys and girls are welcome to continue to register in this no-contact sports opportunity, although spaces are going fast, the city says.

Classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays until May 16.

Instructor Dionte Jelks brings a wealth of experience from his knowledge as a physical education teacher and varsity football coach from various colleges and high schools in the U.S. as well as Canada. Also assisting with the program is volunteer coach Const. Chris Ives from Williams Lake RCMP Traffic Services. He brings experience to the sport from his knowledge as a previous recreation programmer and football coach.

The city says it hopes the program continues its momentum and excitement so it is able to continue to offer classes in the summer and fall.

“It would be fabulous to see our youth numbers grow and we have had many parents expressing interest in starting an adult league as well,” said Irene Berns, recreation programmer for the city.

For more information or to register, contact the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex by calling 250-398-7665.

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