Learn­ing the ba­sics of flag foot­ball

The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Ele­men­tary school stu­dents at St. An­thony’s School are learn­ing the fun­da­men­tals of the grid­iron play­ing in af­ter school flag foot­ball.

On Tues­days af­ter school they are on the field or in the gym, de­pend­ing on the weather, play­ing flag foot­ball. Ath­letic di­rec­tor Gavin Makse says the pro­gram is free for stu­dents and they have re­ceived a grant from JumpS­tart, a Cana­dian Tire char­ity, for equip­ment.

He ex­plains they spend the first half of the weekly ses­sion on drills, and then the re­main­ing time play­ing the game. The pro­gram uti­lizes the high school recre­ation lead­er­ship stu­dents who take an ac­tive role in the pro­gram. They help to coach teach and ref­eree. The stu­dents are di­vided up into four teams.

Makse says the pro­gram gives the stu­dents the fun­da­men­tals of the game.

“It’s great, we teach ev­ery­one all the po­si­tions, it’s safe, it’s quick, and there is no cost,” said Makse. “The big­gest thing is ev­ery­one can play.”

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