Youth football thrives in York Region

With a recent merger of two York Region clubs, youth football has taken on a new presence in the area. Last year, the York Simcoe Bucs and the Markham Raiders merged to become the York Region Lions Football Association. With programs serving Georgina to Markham (and everywhere in between), the Lions are proud to offer a variety of football programs for boys and girls aged six to 19.

More parents are recognizing that football fundamentals teach life skills that carry through to adulthood, the coaches say.

With a focus on teamwork, fair play, hard work and communication; and a partnership with York University, young Lions learn from experienced football coaches, including York University varsity football coaches.

The partnership with York University is new – something the newly formed York Region Lions worked on for over a year. With that partnership, players receive coaching from York University Football staff, free admission to York University varsity football games and opportunities to play at halftime varsity games.

“Our partnership with York University has only increased the quality of the football programs we deliver in York Region. Not only does it provide young players with access to CIS level coaching, but our volunteer coaches can participate in development clinics and share best practices,” said club president Dave Lovegrove.

Programs are offered at all skill levels; any age is a great age to learn the sport. House league and rep registration opened earlier this year. Flag football launches this summer for the littlest Lions.

Registration includes equipment (helmet, pants with pads, shoulder pads, mouth guard).  Please visit for registration information.


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