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Time for city to boost football


The Charlottetown Privateers youth football program has been neglected by the city for years; however the city has an exciting opportunity to support youth football by constructing a multi-sport athletic facility that accommodates Canadian football on Simmons Field.

As a former player through both age groups who has gone to play at Holland College, I can say that the personal and athletic development provided by the volunteers and coaches of the Privateers was an experience that is rare to find in youth sport. The camaraderie, confidence and team dedication of being a part of a football team has been unparalleled compared with all other sports.

It is my hope that aspiring football players in the future will have the facilities necessary to reach their full potential, but without support for youth football from the city, that prospect becomes difficult. The Privateers are forced to play on a non-regulation grass field on which the conditions become near unplayable towards the end of the season.

A dedicated turf field for youth athletics on Simmons Field that accommodates football, such as what the smaller community of Summerside has done, would provide all local athletes that use it with the means to reach their full potential. A regulation Canadian football field would also allow P.E.I. to host national football events, bringing more opportunities for minor football players. It’s time for the city to stop pretending football doesn’t exist and to provide young players with the accommodations they deserve.

 

Colin Trewin,

Charlottetown

As a former player through both age groups who has gone to play at Holland College, I can say that the personal and athletic development provided by the volunteers and coaches of the Privateers was an experience that is rare to find in youth sport. The camaraderie, confidence and team dedication of being a part of a football team has been unparalleled compared with all other sports.

It is my hope that aspiring football players in the future will have the facilities necessary to reach their full potential, but without support for youth football from the city, that prospect becomes difficult. The Privateers are forced to play on a non-regulation grass field on which the conditions become near unplayable towards the end of the season.

A dedicated turf field for youth athletics on Simmons Field that accommodates football, such as what the smaller community of Summerside has done, would provide all local athletes that use it with the means to reach their full potential. A regulation Canadian football field would also allow P.E.I. to host national football events, bringing more opportunities for minor football players. It’s time for the city to stop pretending football doesn’t exist and to provide young players with the accommodations they deserve.

 

Colin Trewin,

Charlottetown

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