The Elite Junior Football Academy takes the top quality professional football coaching of our extremely successful Elite Football Academy and brings it to our Junior Athletes, aged 13 and under. Members of our CFL Alumni coaching staff will take the athletes through 10 weeks of on-field football practice, teaching the essential skills that must be mastered at a young age to ensure success in the future.
This unique program is unlike any other in Ottawa, exposing our city’s current and future football stars to the knowledge, expertise, and real-world football experience of a coaching staff that is second to none.
Jesse Mills, QB, Carleton Ravens
Led by Camp Directors Pat Woodcock (WR Coach, 8-yr CFL veteran), Donnie Ruiz (DB Coach, 7-yr CFL veteran), and Rob Hamm (Finalist for 2012 NFL Canada Coach of the Year), players will be guided through a true football training camp, learning all of the skills and techniques to help them excel on the football field, at every position.
Another unique aspect of our program is the inclusion of Football Canada’s Safe Contact program. With the increased focus on concussion prevention and player safety, Football Canada has instituted the Safe Contact program to reinforce the approved tackling and blocking techniques designed to keep young players healthy and on the field. Elite Football Academy Camp Director, Rob Hamm, is Football Canada’s Lead Instructor for this program, and Elite Football Academy players were used to demonstrate the techniques for the instructional video that will be a part of Football Canada’s Coaching Certification program moving forward. Learning these valuable techniques at a young age can help ensure a long and healthy experience on the football field.
Our All-Star Coaches have over 50 years of CFL playing experience and 2 Grey Cup Championships. Our staff also includes:
- QB – Josh Sacobie (Hec Crighton Award Nominee, CIS Coach)
- RB – Darren Joseph (13-yr CFL veteran)
- WR – Ken Evraire (9-yr CFL veteran)
- OL – Jon Landon (6-yr CFL veteran)
- DL – Dexter Ross (CFL veteran)
- LB – Steve Glenn (10-yr CFL veteran)
In addition, Guest Coaches Christo Bilukidi of the Oakland Raiders, Tyler Holmes of the Toronto Argos, John Delahunt of the Hamilton Ti-Cats, and Kyle Norris of the Edmonton Eskimos will be on hand to provide high-level coaching and share their success stories. As local Ottawa athletes, all currently playing professionally in the NFL and CFL, they provided a special opportunity for our players to be coached by young men playing the game at the very highest level.
Our goal is to tangibly improve the skills of our football players, and their love of the game. As such, we will not be simply running the athletes through drills - we will be actively coaching and teaching every repetition. In order to provide the very best learning experience for your young athlete, our registration numbers will be kept low.