OTTAWA, ON - uOttawa Sports Services announced today, January 30th 2019, it will partner with the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) in the creation of two Summer Elite Teams (S.E.T.). Beginning this year, both the U15 and U17 teams will be branded as the NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees.
This multi-year partnership connects two long-standing football institutions in the National Capital Region in hopes of further promoting and supporting high-level youth football in the Ottawa area.
Throughout NCAFA’s 50+ year history, their member clubs have produced countless Gee-Gees athletes, alumni, and coaches. With this new agreement, the University of Ottawa continues to foster amateur sport by giving area youth access to top facilities and experience in a collegiate football setting.
The NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees will call Gee-Gees Field and uOttawa’s Lees Campus home for games and practices in the 2019 season.
The Junior Gee-Gees teams will be comprised of the top 88 players aged 13-16 from NCAFA’s 14 member clubs that span the City of Ottawa, Gatineau, and Cornwall, as well as some outlying areas. The S.E.T. teams will play up to five exhibition games against teams in Ontario and Quebec, with their season culminating in the three game tournament formally known as the Spalding Cup, annually held in Montreal in early July.
"The S.E.T. program is designed to expose Ottawa area kids to a high level of coaching while giving them a tremendous football experience", stated Steve Dean, President of NCAFA. "We will be playing top opponents from Quebec with the objective to educate all our players on the right path to take to get to the next level. The program will be comprised of many facets other than football to assist in maximizing the overall development of each player. Partnering with uOttawa Gee-Gees Football Program is our first win of the season."
The Gee-Gees football team, established in 1881, is one of the longest-running collegiate football programs in North America, and one of the most successful in U SPORTS. With the creation of the NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees banner, elite young athletes have the opportunity to come together to suit up in the Gee-Gees’ classic garnet and grey while representing their respective teams across the area.
“uOttawa is very excited to partner with NCAFA in the creation of the Junior Gee-Gees program,” said Michel Guilbeault, Associate Vice-President, Student Life at uOttawa. “The NCAFA Junior Gee-Gees is a great opportunity to further promote the Gee-Gees brand and football legacy in the National Capital Region. We hope to see many Junior Gee-Gees become full-fledged uOttawa Gee-Gees in the years to come.”
NOUVELLES : L’Université d’Ottawa s’associe à la NCAFA pour créer les programmes de niveau élite Gee-Gees juniors
OTTAWA, ON – Le Service des sports de l’Université d’Ottawa a annoncé aujourd’hui sa collaboration avec la National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) dans la création de deux programmes de niveau élite. À compter de cette année, les équipes U15 et U17 porteront le nom de Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA.
Ce partenariat pluriannuel relie deux institutions établies du football de la région de la capitale nationale dans le but de favoriser et d’appuyer davantage le football de très haut niveau pour les jeunes de la région d’Ottawa.
Un grand nombre d’athlètes des Gee-Gees, diplômés et entraineurs sont passés par les clubs membres de la NCAFA au cours de ses 50 ans d’existence. Ce nouvel accord permettra à l’Université d’Ottawa de contribuer à l’excellence dans le sport amateur en donnant accès aux jeunes de la région aux meilleures installations et à une expérience du football interuniversitaire.
Les Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA joueront au terrain des Gee-Gees du campus Lees de l’Université d’Ottawa au cours de la saison 2019.
Les équipes des Gee-Gees juniors seront formées des 88 meilleurs joueurs de 13 à 16 ans provenant des 14 clubs membres de la NCAFA établis dans la Ville d’Ottawa, Gatineau, Cornwall et ses environs. Les équipes joueront jusqu’à cinq parties hors-concours contre des équipes de l’Ontario et du Québec. La saison se conclura avec une participation à la Coupe Spalding, un tournoi de trois matchs, qui se déroule annuellement en juillet à Montréal.
« Le programme élite vise à permettre aux jeunes de la région d’Ottawa de vivre un très haut niveau d’entrainement tout en leur offrant une riche expérience de football, a déclaré le président de la NCAFA, Steve Dean. Nous affronterons de solides adversaires du Québec dans le but d’inculquer aux joueurs la voie à suivre pour passer au niveau supérieur. Le programme touchera plusieurs autres facettes que le football pour aider au développement de chaque joueur. Notre partenariat avec le programme de football des Gee-Gees d’Ottawa est notre première victoire de la saison. »
Le programme de football des Gee-Gees, fondé en 1881, est l’un des plus anciens programmes de football interuniversitaire en Amérique du Nord, et l’un des meilleurs des rangs U SPORTS. La création de la bannière des Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA permettra aux jeunes athlètes élites de revêtir les couleurs des Gee-Gees tout en représentant leur équipe de la région.
« L’Université d’Ottawa est très fière d’être partenaire de la NCAFA dans la création du programme des Gee-Gees juniors, a déclaré le vice-recteur associé de Vie étudiante à l’Université d’Ottawa, Michel Guilbeault. Le programme des Gee-Gees juniors de la NCAFA est une occasion de développer la marque des Gee-Gees et l’héritage du football dans la région de la capitale nationale. Nous espérons voir plusieurs Gee-Gees juniors devenir des athlètes interuniversitaires des Gee-Gees dans les années à venir. »
NCAFA is proud to announce the two Head Coaches who will be leading the 2019 Summer Elite Teams (SET) Program.
Jeff Koradi (U15) and Dan Lachance (U17) both thoroughly impressed the Selection Committee and will take the reigns of their respective teams effective immediately.
As a long-time Cumberland Panthers Head Coach, Coach Koradi has guided multiple NCAFA teams to A Cup championships. In addition, he led the Panthers OPFL Junior Varsity squad to a Provincial Championship in 2017. Coach Koradi has a storied history in Ottawa football and he now brings his experience to the SET Program with a goal of uniting the Ottawa football community under the best coaching and developmental process this City has ever seen.
As President of the Kanata Knights, Coach Lachance has guided his Club to become one of the most consistently successful minor football programs in the region. In addition, Coach Lachance has long been a coordinator with the Myers Riders OVFL Bantam Varsity team, a team that was among the top in the Province for many years. Coach Lachance is excited to showcase the 15 and 16 year olds in a critical season for their ongoing development.
For the first time in almost 20 years, all football players in the Ottawa region are eligible to join forces under a single banner and prove just how strong of a football community we are. No territories. No excuses.
Ottawa Football. UNITED!"
NCAFA Announces the Launch of Summer Elite U15 and U17 Teams Program!
December 10th, 2018
Ready! S.E.T.! Hut!
The National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) today announced the launch of a new spring/summer program. The NCAFA Summer Elite Teams (NCAFA S.E.T. Program) will begin play in 2019 with the objective to identify the top 88 players between the ages of 13-16 in the National Capital Region to form a U15 and U17 team. The players will be exposed to the highest level coaching, including university, high school and community-level coaches and which will create a tremendous summer football experience. The S.E.T. Program will place a strong emphasis on skill development, speed training and creating an understanding of how to get to the NEXT LEVEL.
Up to six games will be played by each team against opponents in Ontario and Quebec culminating with the Montreal tournament formally known as the Spalding Cup (July 7-14). Dates are currently being finalized for a series of dome session try-outs beginning in February. Practices (two per week) and games will be held at central locations in the city. The program will not play games every week nor will there be any activities during high school exam week, allowing families to better enjoy their summers and players to focus on their academics. Players will represent their NCAFA and high school programs by wearing their own helmets while coming together under a single banner. A Program-branded clothing package will be included with registration.
As of December 10th, the Coaching Applications are open for submissions. Any coaches interested in participating in the S.E.T. Program can submit an application to email@example.com. Interested Head Coach candidates should have a strong knowledge of the game of football, have some playing and/or coaching experience, be highly motivated and extremely well organized. Applicants should be prepared to include members of their coaching staff in their application and be prepared to present a recruiting plan player development plan for the season. In addition, all individuals interested in support staff positions (coordinators, assistant coaches, mangers & trainers) should also submit their interest to the above email address.
Player registration is now open at the following link https://ncafa.sportngin.com/register/form/238284185. A try out fee of $50 is required at registration with the full registration fee of $400 due at a later date.
NCAFA S.E.T. Program Management Team
Steve Dean - President, NCAFA
Mark Ouellet - General Manager, NCAFA S.E.T. Program
Gawain Harding - Quebec Ambassador, NCAFA S.E.T. Program
Gord Champaigne - Treasurer, NCAFA
Jesse Card - Media Coordinator, NCAFA S.E.T. Program
Larry Ring - Player and Coaching Coordinator, NCAFA S.E.T. Program
Mike Rouleau - Business and Facilities Coordinator, NCAFA S.E.T. Program
NCAFA is an amateur youth football organization in the Ottawa area with teams for children up to the age of 18 since 1955. There are a total of 15 organizations across Ottawa and have worked in partnership with the Ottawa REDBLACKS Foundation to provide opportunities to low-income families.
For more information, please contact Mark by email at firstname.lastname@example.org