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Youth football camp will put the emphasis on player safety

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 July 2014 at 12:00 am

The emphasis will be on safety and teaching safe playing techniques when area youth football players begin tuning up for the upcoming season by participating a free football camp on July 17 and 18th at Albion’s Bullard Park.

The camp, which is open to all area Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) players and coaches, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day and will be put on by Albion Youth Football coaches with assistance from other coaches.

“We want to get the kids back in the swing of things and also to show them what we’ve learned through the NFL’s Heads Up program in the drills we will run at the camp,” said Geno Allport who is NOFA’s player safety representative. “We want to try to make it safer for the kids to play and we get to do a lot of that with the techniques and drills we will teach at the camp.”

The camp will set the stage for the start of preseason practice for area NOFA teams on July 28. The league again this year will have four age group divisions of competition (6-7, 8-9, 10-11 an 12-13).

Allport notes that NOFA will be also involved in the NFL’s Heads Up Football For Moms program.

“We’re trying to get everybody involved,” said Allport.