Avalon Foot­ball League look­ing to ex­pand to Clarenville area

League to host free camp in No­vem­ber

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY MARK SQUIBB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

Ja­son Pike, di­rec­tor of League De­vel­op­ment with Foot­bal­lNL, was hes­i­tant about the po­ten­tial suc­cess of foot­ball in a prov­ince long dom­i­nated by sports such as hockey. That is un­til he watched his son play his first game.

“It’s a sport that’s some­thing to watch live. It’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing I’ve ever watched here in New­found­land,” Pike told The Packet.

Now he’s hop­ing to ex­pand the game, which is still a new sport to many in the prov­ince, and has his eye on the Clarenville area.

Pike has been in con­tact with the Town of Clarenville since Septem­ber about the po­ten­tial of set­ting up a free foot­ball camp to any­one in­ter­ested in try­ing out the sport.

So far, he says the num­bers are good; about 35 po­ten­tial play­ers have shown an in­ter­est.

“The early in­ter­est is look­ing fairly good,” says Pike, who added the camp is open to males and fe­males, up to the age of 18, from Clarenville to Bon­av­ista.

“You don’t even need to know the rules,” Pike said. “We just want peo­ple to come out and give it a chance.”

All you need is a pair of cleats, he added.

If a team were to be formed in the Clarenville or Bon­av­ista area fol­low­ing the camp, it would play in the Avalon Foot­ball League, cur­rently Foot­bal­lNL’s only league.

Three teams, rep­re­sent­ing Car­bon­ear, Par­adise, and St. John’s cur­rently play in that league.

Equip­ment is pro­vided by the league upon pay­ing the $250 (ap­prox­i­mate) reg­is­tra­tion fee.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://foot­bal­lnl.ca/ .

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