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University of Ottawa partners with NCAFA

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 re-introduces the position of NCAFA Midget Director

By Jesse Card 01/22/2019, 12:45pm EST

Matty Chartier is named NCAFA Midget Director

NCAFA is proud to re-introduce the position of NCAFA Midget Director, and extremely excited to welcome Matty Chartier into the role.

NCAFA Midget Director will be responsible for working along side the Inter-Provincial commissioner and helping coordinate Ottawa Midget & Bantam related issues, including quality control, recruitment, improving relationships with universities and CEGEP and disciplinary matters.

First off, NCAFA would like to thank all those that have helped maintain the Midget level throughout the OVFL / OPFL summer Football tenure. These new initiatives would not be possible without the dedicated work of Lyne Viau, Tony Violante, and Steve Dean.

Matty is a true #local example of how to improve your community. He started his Football journey at the age of 7 for the Bel Air Lions and played with the organization until age 19; playing Tyke through Midget.

After Midget, Matty applied to the University of Ottawa in hopes to play at the University level and attending the UOttawa Gee-Gees Football winter camp. With education being a priority, he decided to leave Ottawa U and attend Algonquin College He continued his playing career at the Junior Level, in the OFC, with the Ottawa Sooners Football (until age 22). 
During his time with the Ottawa Sooners he was also coaching with the 
Bel-Air Lions & Norsemen Football Club Group bantam team as the Offensive Coordinator. Splitting time as a player and coach, he was offered to step in as the Head Coach at Bantam.

People will remember Matty taking a 4-4 Lions team on to win the A Cup that year. He actually went on to be the Head Coach with Bel-Air from 2014-2016 and as a team they were able to win back to back champions in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Matty was also receivers coach on the 2017 OPFL JV Championship team with Jeff Koradi

"Stepping away from coaching, I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead as the NCAFA Midget Director and I am excited to be part of the growth for Ottawa Football".

#NCAFA #finishwhereyoustarted

Head Coaches 2019 Summer Elite Teams (SET) Program.

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!"