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Avalon Football League looking to expand to Clarenville area

The game of football has been growing in the province the last number of years.
The game of football has been growing in the province the last number of years. - Contributed

League to host free camp in November

Jason Pike, director of League Development with FootballNL.
Jason Pike, director of League Development with FootballNL.

CLARENVILLE, N.L

Jason Pike, director of League Development with FootballNL, was hesitant about the potential success of football in a province long dominated by sports such as hockey. That is until he watched his son play his first game.

“It’s a sport that’s something to watch live. It’s completely different from anything I’ve ever watched here in Newfoundland,” Pike told The Packet.

Now he’s hoping to expand the game, which is still a new sport to many in the province, and has his eye on the Clarenville area.

Pike has been in contact with the Town of Clarenville since September about the potential of setting up a free football camp to anyone interested in trying out the sport.

So far, he says the numbers are good; about 35 potential players have shown an interest.

“The early interest is looking fairly good,” says Pike, who added the camp is open to males and females, up to the age of 18, from Clarenville to Bonavista.

“You don’t even need to know the rules,” Pike said. “We just want people to come out and give it a chance.”

All you need is a pair of cleats, he added.

If a team were to be formed in the Clarenville or Bonavista area following the camp, it would play in the Avalon Football League, currently FootballNL’s only league.

Three teams, representing Carbonear, Paradise, and St. John’s currently play in that league.

Equipment is provided by the league upon paying the $250 (approximate) registration fee.

For more information, visit http://footballnl.ca/ .

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