Raiders' linebacker/fullback Duncan Simpson gets in some off-season training at BodyNetix in Courtenay.

Raiders' linebacker/fullback Duncan Simpson gets in some off-season training at BodyNetix in Courtenay.

Comox Valley Raiders looking forward to new football season

New executive in place, training and practice sessions underway for all age levels

Exciting things are happening with the Comox Valley Raiders as the football organization prepares for the 2015 season.

The Raiders have a new executive board who are bringing  fresh ideas to help build on the success of last season. Jay Daniels, a former Raiders player and coach, is now the president. The Raiders thank former president Peter Share for his time with the organization, as well as the former executive board members who are all still very involved with the organization.

Spring Fundamental Football got underway this week. This  is for Peewee players (ages eight to 10) and Junior Bantam players (ages 11 to 13) and runs April 14 to June 21 in Courtenay at Woodcote Park. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Spring Fundamental Football is a great opportunity for kids to see and learn what football is all about.

Another great opportunity to learn about football is the Game Ready Spring Training football camp being hosted by the Raiders in Courtenay at Bill Moore Park. Sponsored by Comox Valley Nissan, the May 2-3 camp is for any players aged eight to 18 and provides an opportunity for players to learn from and be coached by Canadian football players, including Paris Jackson, JR Larose, Jason Arakgi, Justin Sorenson, Tim Cronk and Ryan Lucas.

The Game Ready Spring Training football camp kicks off with a tailgate party on the Friday night, May 1 that is open to the public. This will be a chance not only to meet some professional football players but also to see what the Comox Valley Raiders are all about. This should be an exciting night and a great way to start a fun-filled weekend of football.

For older players, off-season training has already begun. One of the Raiders’ new sponsors, BodyNetix, has opened their doors to all Bantam (ages 14 to 15) and Midget (ages 16 to 18) players. Anyone within this age range who is thinking they may want to play football this fall for the Raiders are welcome to come to BodyNetix any Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. to check out the Raiders’ offseason training program. BodyNetix is located in Courtenay at 2260 Cousins Ave.

Starting Sunday, April 19, Bantam and Midget players will also be training every Sunday at Woodcote Park at 12 p.m. All of this offseason training should pay dividends when the Raiders Bantam and Midget teams begin practising at the end of June.

The Comox Valley Raiders always welcome new players. No experience is necessary to play football in any of the age groups. All equipment, except cleats, is provided, even for the Game Ready Spring Training football camp.

For further information about the Comox Valley Raiders or the opportunities being provided to play football, visit their  website comoxvalleyraiders.com

Registration for Spring Fundamental Football, the Game Ready Spring Training football camp, and fall football are available online or through the Lewis Rec Centre.

 

– Comox Valley Raiders

 

 

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