It’s been over a decade since the Warriors hosted their successful Spring Flag Football Program but it’s back and with great enthusiasm! “I wouldn’t have been involved with the club if it wasn’t for flag nor would my past DC Terry Schaefer or current OC and Club VP Tim Sheahan. It was a very important program to get youth introduced into our great sport back then. Unfortunately over time, we lost some key volunteers and it fell by the wayside”, states Paul Stewart, Warriors President
This past winter Charlie Keenan reached out to the Warriors. Charlie is attending Queens University but had some time that he wanted to dedicate to giving back to his old club. Charlie not only started playing football with our flag program but he became one of the very best players our club had at the time. “Charlie was athletic, ultra-intelligent and driven”, states Stewart. “I had the fortune to coach Charlie and when he chose to reach out to help our club, I was determined to find him a job. Together we soon landed on Charlie being an instrumental volunteer to re-introduce our Spring Flag Football Program.”
The league started Saturday morning and fielded 7 full teams ages 7-13 with over 60 players. Another key component of the re-launch was the use of Warriors alumni as coaches and referees for the program “We couldn’t be happier with the re-launch. We volunteer to set an example for our youth and to see Charlie and so many Warriors alumni return to do the same is simply amazing”, concludes Stewart.
Tyke players Avery Stuart (left) and Louis Turpin are reunited week 1 of the Warriors 2017 Spring Flag Football Program. They were buds last year and will be leaders on our Tyke Tackle Football team this year.
Wariors Alumni Jack Rabb is one many ex-Warriors that have returned to coach our program. Gotta luv the way our Warriors are giving back! Class Act Jack!
THANKS CHARLIE KEENAN for taking on the task and making our re-launch of our Spring Flag Football Program a resounding success!
Year after year after year, the Warriors’ Spring Girl’s Touch Football program continues to set new records. “I say there are two key factors that are driving the programs growth” , states Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President). “Our boosting of our communications with social media certainly have played a significant role in increasing the awareness of our program. The primary contributing factor however is our own Rodney Moors. Rodney has so much drive and determination to grow girl’s football in Ottawa. He’s a teacher. He’s a Canadian champion as a player and a coach and his passion for the sport is driving the growth of our Girl’s Touch Football Program without a doubt“, sums up Stewart.
The Warriors will be fielding 6-7 full girl’s touch football teams this year and we have offered programs for girls 10-23 year of age. As with our tackle football program, the Girl’s Touch Football Program is affordable and accessible to all. We think it is the ideal sport for girls to play in the Spring.
Games started this past week and will continue until the beginning of July. The Warriors can’t thank Rodney Moors enough for his drive and dedication. Rodney gets it. It’s all about growing the sport and Rodney is our not-so-secret weapon. THANKS RODNEY!!!
The Warriors didn’t let a little rain dampen their enthusiasm this past Saturday. The event was moved to a new location this year which was the partial result of the wildly wet spring and restricted field access. This year’s Punt-Pass-Kick Competition and Registration Day was held at Bayshore Park in the outdoor Sens rink. The last minute switch worked out perfectly and when all was said and done, everyone left having had a tonne of fun.
Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance for the Warriors, said of the event, “we have to work hard to get word out about our programs. This event has always been a great launch of our registration season so we were glad to find a new location that would allow us to host Warriors Day again this year. It was a great day.”
Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor came out to show his support. L to R: Dan Crabree (VP); Paul Stewart (President); Paul Gowans (Pee Wee Coach); Mark Taylor (City of Ottawa Councillor)
Tyke Winners: 1st Overall – Louis Turpin (two footballs in the middle); 2nd Overall Avert Stuart (kneeling); 3rd Overall Kingston Pappas (far right) with Paul Stewart (President ) and Phil Laviigne (Pee Wee Coach)
Paul Stewart (President with L to R: Mohammed Zayed (3rd Overall); Tyler Gordon (2nd Overall); and Mason Jude (1st Overall)
Pee Wee winners: L to R: Owen Lavigne (3rd Overall); Jonathan Humby (1st Overall); Daniel Buckley (3rd Punt); (Paul Stewart (President); Avery Osborne (2nd Overall)
Thanks to everyone that came out. BBQ was great and the free Warriors event saw lots of new faces which were getting exposed to our great sport. Next up – Girl’s Spring Touch Football, the return of our Spring Flag Football after a 10 year hiatus and of course our Spring Tackle Football tryouts. Never a dull moment with our Warriors!