The Ladysmith Steelers’ spring flag football season has come to an end, but not before instilling some great technique and game ethics into dozens of local players.
For weeks, the kids, aged seven to 13, have been playing in-house games under the watchful eyes of four coaches. They are divided into four teams and spend the season working on bettering themselves while having fun with their friends.
“Every kid has a position to excel at, and it really showed during the final matches,” said coach Demetreos Bourodemos. “It develops our program, but it also develops the kids in the positions they want to play.”
The players are also given their very own Steelers shirt, which they are able to keep as a momento when the season is over.
“The coaches are great; they help us out with a lot of things and are very caring,” said team member Meryssa Joyce.
“They really get you in shape,” added teammate Kendra Francis.
Georgios Bourodemos encourages his fellow youth to join the Steelers.
“You have lots of fun and it teaches you the fundamentals of football — to have sportsmanship, teamwork and how to play fairly and together as a team,” he said.
The Steelers will be hosting a quarterback receiver camp May 5-6 for children who want the opportunity to try either position.
“Their progression is a lot quicker, and they’re … developing their skills a lot better,” Demetreos said.
Registration is allowed the day of, at 9:30 a.m. The camp will consist of two full days of instruction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with four hours of field contact time each day.
There is also still time to sign up for the tackle football season, for kids aged seven-13.
For more information on the camp or to sign up for tackle football, contact Demetreos at 250-729-1519.