School board makes safety a priority in football

May 7, 2014   ·   0 Comments





The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will host a Safe Contact Football Clinic for secondary schools on May 9 and 10.

Over 120 coaches are expected to participate.

Working in partnership with Football Canada (FC), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA) and the Toronto Argonauts, this two-day event will provide all Dufferin-Peel secondary school coaches with training in Football Canada’s Safe Contact module through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Partnership with the Coaches Association of Canada.

The Safe Contact module is designed to train coaches how to properly teach their players safe tackling and blocking techniques to minimize serious head and neck injuries.

Coaches will also learn how to properly fit players for equipment.

On day two of the clinic, players and parents participate in classroom information sessions and field drills led by team coaches.

Coaches are able to teach players the new techniques they have learned.

Toronto Argonauts players and Dufferin-Peel graduates James Yurichuk and Johnathan Hood will join the student athletes on the field for safe tackling drills.

“Recent studies about concussions and head injuries, more specifically how they can effect youth, makes safety training a priority for our sports teams,” said Tim Lariviere, principal and organizer of the clinic. “This training clinic will provide our coaches and athletes with the skills and techniques to play safe and responsibly on the field.”

“The Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board is ahead of the pack by providing this valuable training for their coaches and players,” said Chris Patton, technical director of the Ontario Football Alliance.

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