Rockford Park District will offer youth football this summer


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – For the first time, the Rockford Park District is offering a junior football program thanks to a state grant secured by Rep. Maurice West.

Rockford Wolves football is expected to begin playing games in July as part of the American Youth Football League. Three age divisions, 8U, 10U and 11U. It’s a competitive league with training camp on May 21 and tryouts on June 4.

On Saturday, 85 children were able to learn some fundamentals. Organizers say it’s a chance for young people in the city to compete and learn more about the game.

“It’s a great opportunity with all these new opportunities in the area,” said Austin Taylor, Youth Sports Supervisor. “Everyone can play. These will be opportunities for everyone. I think it just shows that Rockford really continues to show promise and continues to grow and continue to provide the things that these kids need in their community.

“We develop kids so they can say when they come from the Rockford Park District that they’ve developed well,” said Terrence “Coach Bo” Keith. “It’s a matter of education. I have a philosophy that I always say, we teach in training, we train in the game. That’s what we’re about to do. We try to teach children how to play football properly.

If you don’t want your child to play football, the park district still offers the NFL Flag league. Registration for the summer season is open. To learn more about the Rockford Wolves, you can visit the Park District’s Facebook page here.

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