Peterborough kids can try football with KMFL on Saturday

Children aged 7 to 13 are invited to try football for free on Saturday.

The Kinsmen Minor Football League is attempting to revive its fall league after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and again in 2021 due to player shortages.

The KMFL has coordinated a day of free non-contact activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a drop-in format at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School while their partner, the Peterborough Wolverines, host their first home games for all five of their teams for the first time since 2019 all day.

The day is an opportunity for kids who have never played soccer to try on equipment and tackle some bags, learn passing, catching and kicking, do footwork and agility exercises, and meet and talk to coaches.

“We wanted to give all kids who have never tried the sport the opportunity to try it without making a financial or physical commitment to it,” said KMFL President Bryan Junkin. “We wanted to spread the word about the sport for boys and girls and give parents a chance to come down and talk to some coaches. Parents often have questions, especially when it comes to football, so it’s an opportunity for them to talk to us and ask any questions or concerns they have to discuss with us.

“At the same time, all five Wolverines representative teams are playing at home, so it’s a great opportunity to watch a game.”

Registration for the autumn program of the KMFL is possible on site.

Registration is $375 for an eight-week season and includes all equipment except mouthguard and cleats.

The KMFL season begins the first week of September.

Registration is also available online at www.kmfl.ca.

There were real concerns when a second straight season was canceled that the 42-year-old organization might have to fold. The Executive regrouped and merged with the Wolverines to pool resources and get the House League back on track.

In 2019, the KMFL ran junior and senior divisions of four teams each. Junkin is not yet sure what the league will look like this year as it will depend on registration numbers.

“We hope to hopefully bring the numbers back to pre-COVID levels and move on to our 43rd year,” he said. “I think we’ll have enough kids to bring a product to market. It may not be quite what it has looked like in years past. We may have to fall back to three-team leagues until we get the numbers back up, but we’re committed to bringing something to the field this year. We were as adaptable last year as we set out to be this year. We have some good early registration numbers, but it’s still early. Usually June and July are our big signup months.”

The league also hosts an annual summer camp that usually sells out. This year’s camp will be held at the Nicholls Oval from August 8th to 12th from 9am to 4pm

“That’s a full week of football,” Junkin said. “We’ve been doing this with the city for years. You get kicks, throws, some bagwork, footwork exercises. It’s definitely non-contact. We’ve had it every year I’ve been there and this is my 19th year.”

The registration fee is $121.25 and registration is through the City of Peterborough Recreation Department.

Junkin said there are about 16 spots available for the camp. During the camp there is also an opportunity to register for the KMFL season.

The KMFL also needs coaches and volunteers. Applications can be found on their website.

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