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Football BC to host first-ever ‘Family Day’ combine

BC Lions Jason Arakgi and John Hameister-Ries brought an environmental message to Coghlan Fundamental Elementary school on Friday, Feb. 1. The BC Lions “Pride” is an outreach program funded by Fortis that emphasizes the importance of environmental responsibility and being “Energy Champs.” Arakgi and Hameister-Ries are among BC Lions team mates who visit numerous Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island schools in support of the FortisBC Energy Champions, Lions in the House and Lions Pride programs. Now entering its fourth season, the FortisBC Energy Champions program is designed specifically for children in kindergarten through grade seven. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
BC Lions Jason Arakgi and John Hameister-Ries brought an environmental message to Coghlan Fundamental Elementary school on Friday, Feb. 1. The BC Lions “Pride” is an outreach program funded by Fortis that emphasizes the importance of environmental responsibility and being “Energy Champs.” Arakgi and Hameister-Ries are among BC Lions team mates who visit numerous Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island schools in support of the FortisBC Energy Champions, Lions in the House and Lions Pride programs. Now entering its fourth season, the FortisBC Energy Champions program is designed specifically for children in kindergarten through grade seven.
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Football BC will be hosting its first-ever Family Day Combine at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond on Monday, Feb. 11.

The Family Day Combine begins with Play with the Pros - a free, football skills camp for boys and girls aged 5-12 that will feature instruction from select members of the BC Lions.

The Combine will then transition into Football BC’s provincial evaluation sessions where athletes from ages 13 to 18 will be put through testing (40-yard, 10-yard, standing broad jump, T-test) and work on position-specific skills (individual, 1 on 1s, skelly) with football coaches from across B.C. that are currently coaching at the community, high school and university level.

No prior football experience is required for Play with the Pros. For Football BC’s provincial evaluation sessions, prior football experience is recommended but not required.

“We are very excited to be holding a full day of football activity at a world-class venue,” said Football BC Executive Director, Patrick Waslen. “We hope to see our entire football family across the province attend this event, and we encourage those new to football as well to participate in the day’s activities.”

The day’s schedule is as follows. Times are subject to change. Registration and check-in begins one hour prior to the start of each session.

• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Play with the Pros (boys and girls ages 5-12)

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Senior Bowl tryouts (players currently in grade 12) and Prep to be the Best evaluations (players aged 13-15)

• 3 to 6 p.m.: Team BC tryouts (players born in 1996 or 1997)

The cost to take part in a Prep to be the Best evaluation, or Senior Bowl or Team BC tryout is $30 if you pre-register online at www.playfootball.bc.ca/prereg_provincialevals or $40 for walk-up. Players taking part in one of these sessions should bring their own mouth guards and dress in appropriate workout attire.

Prep to be the Best evaluations seeks to identify some of the top young players and expose them to a higher level of competition. This evaluation may also serve as a tryout for a potential provincial tackle team in that age category that would compete at a future tournament outside the province.

Senior Bowl tryouts will serve to select the top graduating players to attend Football BC’s annual Senior Bowl camp during March Spring Break.

Team BC tryouts will serve to select the best players to form the provincial under-18 tackle team that will compete at a future tournament either nationally or internationally.

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