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SERIES OF EVENTS PLANNED TO SHOWCASE THAT #FOOTBALLISOURS

OTTAWA – Football Canada is pleased to release the list of events for the first Football Weekend in Canada, which will run from Friday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 17. The series of events will tell the story of football in this country, running from coast to coast to coast.

“Football means many things to many people across Canada,” said Jim Mullin, Football Canada president.

“In the midst of a challenging time, we wanted to create a digital event where Canada can take in stories, understand the diversity, challenges and triumphs of our participants, and have a national discussion on what the sport we love looks like today and in the future.”  

The events set for the weekend include the following:

Football Canada Film Shorts Festival: Film study is an integral part of football, but this is film study with a difference. On Friday, Football Canada will feature a series of short films featuring fascinating football stories from around the nation. Featured subjects include Yol Piok, a former University of Saskatchewan Huskie; Gary Linthorne, a longtime football volunteer from Nova Scotia who passed away in 2020; Reina Iizuka, the first female to play on a university men’s team in Canada, and the Fort McKay Northern Spirits, a team of Indigenous girls from Northern Alberta.  

Women & Girls in Football Conference: Football is for everyone, and this conference on Saturday and Sunday will allow attendees to see the opportunities and possibilities available for women and girls to get and stay involved in football in Canada. Saturday will feature workshops throughout the day, with a closing panel to follow on Sunday evening.  

The RougeZone: If it happens in U SPORTS or the CJFL on Saturday afternoon, you’ll see it on RougeZone. Join hosts Jim Mullin, Gord Randall and Marshall Fergurson from 1-6 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday as they follow all the amateur football action from Acadia to Vancouver Island and are joined by guests from grassroots football nationwide.

Celebrating National Award Winners: FootballCanada.com will feature interviews with the winners of the Presidents’ Award for peerless contribution to football in Canada, the Diamond Award for lifetime volunteer participation and Canada’s Football Mom of the Year. As well, footballcanada.com will officially become the online home of the Jon Cornish Trophy, the prize for the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA football.  

Indigenous Merchandise Sales – Fundraising for Indigenous football: A variety of gear featuring the alternate Football Canada logo, created by Squamish, B.C., artist Kolten Khasalus Grant will go on sale on the Football Canada online shop, with all net proceeds being directed to Indigenous and northern football developmen

Krown Gridiron Nation on TSN: This week’s edition of KGN will feature a rollout of the events to come. KGN is scheduled to air on TSN4 & TSN5 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday with a repeat at 5 p.m on TSN2.

Raising the Flag: To close the weekend, Football Canada will announce the two national teams in flag football, who will compete in a number of competitions over the next year.

For More Information:John EdwardsCommunications Coordinator, Football CanadaE: jedwards@footballcanada.com T: 819-578-7380