KINGSTON, ON / Dec. 10, 2018 – The Limestone District Grenadiers are shelving their maroon and silver uniforms to sport the tri-colour as the Junior Gaels Football Club.
“The club has been working with Queen’s Athletics for several months to enhance our existing partnership, improve our efforts to strengthen the football community in our region, and to provide even more amazing opportunities to our players and their families,” said Junior Gaels Football president Alexandra Reyes-Walsh.
During the 2018 USPORTS season, 43 former Grenadiers played football for universities and colleges across the country, including 12 players with the Queen’s Gaels.
“This is the second announcement of the exciting release of a Junior Gaels program. The simple goal of the Junior Gaels concept is to inspire local Kingston athletes to attend Queen’s, and one-day play for the Gaels. This partnership is an extension of an existing arrangement. Richardson Stadium has been the home of the Grenadiers and Queen’s student-athletes were part of the Grenadiers coaching staff this summer,” said Jeff Downie, director, business development and operations. “We look forward to our current student-athletes connecting with the Kingston community in a new way.”
All participants in the Junior Gaels program will receive benefits such as:
- Opportunities to meet and learn from current Gaels athletes
- Coaching support from current Queen’s coaches
- Free admission to Gaels sporting events
- Special Junior Gaels programming at the Athletics Recreation Centre (ARC)
- Discounts and promotions
- And much more
REGISTRATION OPENS JAN. 2
Junior Gaels Football is a AAA club based in Kingston, Ontario that plays within the Ontario Provincial Football League against competitive teams from Ottawa to Windsor. “Any athlete 12-19 years old is welcome to try-out for Junior Gaels Football.” said Reyes-Walsh.
The Junior Gaels Football Club remains an independent entity as a not-for-profit organization with its own board of directors. Registration opens Jan. 2 at www.jrgaelsfootball.ca.
In addition to learning, playing and enjoying football, emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, self-discipline, teamwork, academic achievement and community involvement.
CANADA CUP 2019
“As part of our ongoing partnership we are also pleased to announce that we have been successful in our efforts with Queen’s Athletics to host the 2019 Football Canada Cup and the U16 Eastern Challenge to be held at Richardson Stadium in July,” said Reyes-Walsh. Close to 500 players and 100 coaches will take part in the event from July 8-14.
“Local football is alive and well in our region,” added Reyes-Walsh.
United we are #JrGaelsNation
For more information contact:
Vice President, Junior Gaels Football