As 24 teams and over 650 players gear up for the return of house league minor football in London, a group of football moms and new players from all over London enjoyed an introduction to football courtesy of the LMFA as part of the league’s efforts to grow the sport of football in London.
In late August, an enthusiastic group of women completed the fourth annual ‘LMFA Women’s Clinic’ at Citywide Park. They learned some basic football skills and tried their hand at practice drills. Then, the London Football Officials Association gave a talk about the rules of the game. After a light lunch, the women learned about strategy, equipment, and safety in a classroom setting.
“We expect all the new moms will enjoy the games even more now that they have learned about the sport,” said LMFA president Shawn Wilson as the clinic finished up. “We are committed to presenting opportunities that will continue to promote interest in minor football in London and specifically the LMFA.”
After five successful years of indoor skills camps, a new series of summer LMFA football camps debuted this year. These camps focused on specific skills (passing and catching in year one) and are an upbeat, fun way for girls and boys to get an introduction to football in a relaxed casual setting with coaching from veteran LMFA and high school coaches.
Both these camps are part of London Minor Football’s commitment to making football available to everyone in London, regardless of experience. For 58 years, the LMFA has given youngsters from ages 7 to 13 the best possible football experience in the exciting and fun house league setting. The LMFA has provided all local high schools with eager and experienced football players, and this great partnership will continue for many more years to come.
For more information on the 2016 fall season, please visit www.lmfafootball.ca or call 519-852-4465.
Story and photos submitted by London Minor Football Association