Police officer looks to offer another athletic option for local youth
Fourteen-year-old Matt McCrossin is getting into the football season in his front yard. McCrossin, who's preparing to hike the ball, is excited about the Cumberland Minor Football team that is in the process of being formed. Raissa Tetanish - The Citizen
AMHERST - Football has failed to find a foothold in Cumberland County but Travise Dow hopes to change that with the formation of Cumberland Minor Football.
The RCMP constable coached high school football in British Columbia and found it to be "a great value to kids in the area."
Now living in Cumberland County, Dow hopes to impart the pleasure and purpose of football to area youth.
"From my own experience, football teaches many things," Dow said. "It teaches discipline, responsibility, accountability, team work, team goals and provides a sense of pride. It shows kids that hard work can pay off in the sense of belonging and determination."
Dow hopes to form a peewee team, which is for kids aged 12 to 13, and a bantam team, which is for kids aged 14 to 15.
"Football is a great game for all shapes and sizes," Dow said. "So the formation of Cumberland Minor Football provides another fitness option for our local kids."
The teams would play within the Moncton Football Association.
"Football Nova Scotia has given permission to play in New Brunswick because we are closer for traveling," Dow said. "We'll be playing home games and away between Sackville and Moncton."
"Football is a great game for all shapes and sizes. So the formation of Cumberland Minor Football provides another fitness option for our local kids." Travise Dow
Dow recently distributed flyers to students in Grades 6-10 throughout Cumberland County and will hold a general meeting on April 21 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Amherst Regional High School.
"Registration is being held that night also for those wishing to sign up," Dow said. "It's a $50 deposit for the season, which costs $225. There are also programs available for kids that qualify for assistance with the cost."
Dow has received much interest from area parents and has had promises of donations to help support the teams.
"But more support and volunteers are needed to ensure a promising start for our youth in this new sport to the area," Dow added.
For more information contact Dow at email@example.com