2011-07-29 / Sports

Beach Channel To Host One Day Football Clinic

By Elio Velez

Ishaq Williams (right) was named to the Army All-American football team. Ishaq Williams (right) was named to the Army All-American football team. High school football players and youth players will gather in less than a month’s time to begin the first day of training camp.

But if anyone on the peninsula from the ages of 12 to 17 want the chance to sharpen their skills prior to the start of the 2011 season, they can do so on August 5.

The varsity football coaching staff Beach Channel/Channel View High School, and in conjunction with the Football University program, will conduct a one-day tackling clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration will be held on site prior to the start of the camp. There are no fees required to participate and players will need cleats and should bring shorts to wear on the field.

The clinic will be broken down by to learning in the classroom and then afterwards practicing what they have learned on the field.

Football University runs all types of clinics throughout the United States. Former NFL coaches and athletes will teach players the mental and physical aspects of the game. Former NFL all-pro defensive back Cris Dishman, Boston College and New York Jets QB Glenn Foley, and Ted Cottrell, a former Jets and Vikings defensive coordinator are just a few of the staffers.

The clinic is open to anyone in the peninsula currently participating in a public, private or catholic high school football program in the city. Players who are in youth football or incoming high school freshman are encouraged to attend.

Football University also works closely in the selection of the U.S. Army All-American High School football game held annually in San Antonio, Texas. Former Lincoln football standout defensive end and incoming Notre Dame freshman Ishaq Williams was selected to compete in this year’s game in January.

Beach Channel coach Victor Nazario says the program is open to those who are from public schools such as John Adams, August Martin, catholic schools like Christ the King and private schools like Poly Prep. Members of the Rockaway Ravens organization and other youth players are also invited.

Nazario believes this will benefit members of his team who are returning as last season’s runnerups in the PSAL Bowl Division. He also believes the camp will give kids from other programs a head start while learning valuable experience from the Football University staff.

“I was approached by it and I think it will be good for the kids. We are also talking to other coaches from Campus Magnet, Far Rockaway and invite them and tell those guys to come down also,” Nazario said.”

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