The sun was shining Saturday afternoon in Lethbridge, Alta., As children filled the football fields at Catholic Central High School for the Southern Alberta Minor Football Association’s Jamboree Peewee.
âBasically we do little mini-games to check each team’s skill level as it changes from year to year,â said Jonas Freedman, president of the Lethbridge Minor Football Association, âjust to put them in the division. where they should lead our regular season.
The annual Peewee Jamboree was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, some 250 young people from southern Alberta took to the field and showed off their skills. Freedman says it makes this year even more special.
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Everyone had a different reason for going out.
âI can’t wait to face the people,â Ty Whalen said with a laugh. The running back and linebacker missed last season with an injury. It was exciting to be back on the pitch on a beautiful day, he added.
Linebacker and tight end Braiden Hubley was eager to step onto the pitch for two reasons: âTo get a touchdown and hit someone real hard. “
For others, it was just exciting to play with their teammates.
âI like to go out and play with my friends and enjoy the game,â said Erick Clarke, who is preparing for his fourth season.
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Each team played three games during the day. The results decide whether they fall in Division A or B for the regular season.
It wasn’t just the kids who were excited to play. Backstage was packed with family and friends eagerly cheering on the young athletes and having barbecued food.
âJust to see the joy on all the children’s faces, it’s amazing to see so many kids here enjoying football,â Freedman said. âFootball is huge in southern Alberta and it’s just great to see the kids here enjoying what they love.
âI really like running,â said wide receiver and full back Isabella Amantea, âand my team. They are all very nice.
Registrations for the season are always open for anyone interested. Details can be found on the Southern Alberta Minor Football Association website.
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