AMHERST - Canadian Football League players are coming to Amherst for the third year in a row next week.
"It's a unique opportunity for our young athletes to see these guys, especially now that we're adding the varsity division to the Wolfpack," said Travise Dow, coach for the Cumberland Minor Football Wolfpack. "We have divisions from tyke to varsity, and the kids can see the professionals and they can see the progression through the ranks and, hopefully, dream of a future in football."
The CFL Pro Football Fun camp is for youth 8 to 17-years old, and runs from May 14 to 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Winston Avenue football field. The cost of the camp is $75.
CFL players participating in the camp are Nick Burns, Andre Drury, Alexander Chambers and Junior Turner.
"This camp is open to boys and girls and they do not have to be enrolled in Wolfpack football to attend," said Dow.
Every year the CFL players come to Amherst they see a bigger Wolfpack.
"It feels great to have all these kids come out to spring practice," said Dow after Wednesday night's practice at the Winston Avenue field. "We're almost up to 90 children, which is a 30 per cent increase over where we were at this time last year."
The high numbers bode well for the 2014 fall football season.
"We always have lower numbers in the spring than we do in the fall so, projecting forward, the numbers will be fantastic in the fall."
The Wolfpack includes five divisions, varsity, bantam, atom, mosquito and tyke.
"The varsities won't be playing games this spring but in the fall they will play mainly in P.E.I.," said Dow. "Bantam and varsity will play in P.E.I. and mosquito and atom will play in New Brunswick, and our tykes are a local house division."
There are four Cumberland Wolfpack varsity players, all of which play football for team Nova Scotia.
"They'll be on our varsity team and, give them two more seasons, they'll have just as good an opportunity to play university football as anyone," said Dow. "I'm really excited about that."
The Wolfpack is always accepting new players, both boys and girls.
All shapes and sizes of players are welcome.
"That's the great thing about football. There's a position for every body type on the field. They're all equal. They're all a link in the chain," said Dow. "And the window is always open for registration, and it's never too late for any age group. If you're 16-years-old and have never played, come on out."
To register for the Cumberland Wolfpack or to participate in the CFL camp, contact Dow at firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information about the Wolfpack go to www.cumberlandwolfpack.com.