Flag football finding success as kids loving introduction to game

Penticton Minor Football Association is enjoying success where it hasn’t before — flag football.

Penticton Minor Football Association is enjoying success where it hasn’t before — flag football.

The first session from April 15 to May 6 attracted 18 kids aged eight to 13. Parents asked for more and got it with the second session that started last weekend and concludes June 24. There is no flag football on June 10 because of a rugby tournament.

“They are having a great time,” said PMFA secretary/registrar Lorraine Sopow, adding there are 16 kids this time. “They are getting exposed to football and hopefully play tackle.”

“The organization feels good,” she said of how things are going with flag. “Gives hope that there is a possibility of building tackle back. We haven’t had peewee and junior bantam teams in a while. People still don’t know we have football here.”

Sopow said people should start thinking about football as practice kicks off in August and games start during the September long weekend. They are taking registrations now.

The organization is also looking for coaches, preferably with football experience. President Dave Johnson will be coaching the midget team, which will play in the Fraser Valley League. Equipment is provided for the players.

PMFA is also seeking referees and intends to have clinics for them.

“There are a lot of guys out there that played football, to get involved in this would be great,” she said.

They are also searching for people to help with administrative duties.

For more info on PMFA check www.pentictonminorfootball.com or contact Lorraine Sopow at 250-494-2229.