SHOAL LAKE — The Shoal Lake Regional Community Development Corporation, along with the Park West School Division and Shoal Lake School, is proud to announce that a football course has been approved by the Department of Education for Shoal Lake School.
This is the first step in delivering a high calibre football academy in the near future.
“The division is excited about this opportunity to expand an already popular football program,” said Stephen David, assistant superintendent for the Park West School Division.
“It is very exciting to have it evolve from strictly an extracurricular activity to part of our high school programming. We are grateful for the leadership of Coach Waddell and the community support, especially from the local CDC.”
The idea of a football academy won the support of all involved for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, football is not as expensive as hockey, allowing for potentially higher levels of involvement.
Also, it is inclusive in that it does not require a pre-existing skill such as skating.
Finally, a good football program already exists in Shoal Lake with the divisional Park West Outlaws based in the community. The field and infrastructure is in place and the coaching staff already has considerable community support.
“The CDC and board member Bruce Waddell (Outlaws Football Coach) worked closely with Park West staff and Shoal Lake School staff the last few months,” said Thomasina Charney, Community Development Officer.
“The ultimate goal is the delivery of a high calibre program to the community of Shoal Lake. The hope is that such a program would potentially bring new students to the school division, encourage the use of local facilities, and enhance the sport for benefit of our athletes, coaches and fans.”
The course framework was developed by Waddell, David and Shoal Lake teacher Scott Maynes. Final approval for the course by the education department occurred March 3.
“Hockey academies are very common but we believe we are offering the first football program of its kind in Canada,” said Waddell, who is a former winner of the NFL Canada Coach of the Year.
The Football Fundamentals 21G course will rely heavily on guest coaches and instructors to help develop a program that will attract young athletes. The Manitoba coaching fraternity is excited about the new course and very willing to help and add input.
“This is a large step forward in educating our young athletes in the sport of football,” said John Makie, director of Football Manitoba. “I wish nothing but the best of luck for you and the program.”
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of Canadian football through a combination of classroom theory and practical skill instruction. This course is intended to improve student knowledge of football by teaching technical and tactical skills in a progressive and dynamic manner.
The ultimate goal is to build good athletes, good citizens and winners in life with passion and integrity.
The course will be supported by Football Manitoba. Teachers and instructors will be certified through the National Coaching Certification program.
Specific student learning outcomes will include football history and philosophy, general football fundamentals, offensive fundamentals, defensive fundamentals, communication, strength training, agility and plyometrics, player health and safety, game prep, football coaching and football officiating.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 10, 2012