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Albion camp kicks off youth football season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – A large contingent of youngsters took part in this week’s annual Albion Football Camp which featured a series of conditioning and skill drills with the emphasis on player safety. Here some of the youngsters work on the basic skills of blocking at the Heads Up drill station which puts the focus on developing proper blocking and tackling techiques.

Getting into proper condition for the upcoming season, here some of the youngsters go through a stretching drill.

The local youth gridiron season kicked off this week with the holding of the 5th annual Albion Football Camp on Monday and Tuesday evenings at Bullard Park.

Over 100 youngsters took part in the program which put the emphasis on player safety.

Coaches from Albion and Holley taught USA Football Heads Up drills, which stress proper blocking and tackling techniques, as well as the basic fundamentals of offense and defense.

The camp’s activities included competitions of speed, throwing and tire flip.

Monday’s opening session had guest speakers Albion High varsity football Coach Gary Parisi and former Buffalo Bills and current USA Football Ambassador Joe Bock.

On Tuesday, Albion High Cheer Director Amber Boyer spoke to the cheerleaders.

Regular practice sessions for the area’s Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) teams begin next week with the opening games scheduled for August 15.