In recent years, football has seen a decrease in registrations and the minor football program in Portage la Prairie, the Portage Pitbulls, is no different. Last year, only the cruncher age group was able to field a team due to a lack of registration and one local business wants to help change that.
As part of Irwin Flooring’s commitment to the community, the business is partnering with the Pitbulls and will be covering the cost of registration for athletes that are new to the program – this will be open to anyone who has not played football in the previous two seasons.
Miles Irwin, of Irwin Flooring, says that offering new players the chance to participate in local football will not only help the sport grow in Portage but also teach the kids about teamwork, respect, and perseverance.
“We see this as an investment in our city and its people. One of the best things about football is there is a place for kids of all sizes and skill sets. You get the opportunity to find out what you are good at, and become great at it,” he adds.
With the additional funding Irwin hopes that more families consider football as a sports option as it is close to his family’s heart. He recalls as a kid, having to commute to Winnipeg in order to play and hopes to see Portage field teams in all available age groups so the sport can continue to grow locally.
Football is a sport that requires practice for safety as well as execution of plays, and so, Irwin requires a commitment from players to attend at least 75 per cent of games and practices to ensure the funding is being used appropriately.
Pitbulls President, Mike Robinson, says the funding is a great example of how the community works together for the betterment of its youth.
“Football is a great youth sport as kids of all sizes and athletic ability are needed for the team to succeed and there is a position best suited for each,” he adds.
The Portage Pitbulls is a youth minor football program for children aged 4-15 from Portage and area. For over a decade, boys and girls have developed skills relating to teamwork; seen results from hard work, and have created lifelong friendships.
The Pitbulls organization is specifically in need of players 10-13 years old, but all new players can qualify for the new funding. Robinson notes that the club is not just for boys, and that girls have played important roles on past teams.
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