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Tuesday May 19, 2020
The Ontario Provincial Football League, after reviewing the Province of Ontario Health Statements and Guidelines, those of the municipalities represented throughout the province, and the Club representatives has made the difficult decision to cancel activities related to the operation of a 2020 spring/summer football program.
The difficult decision was in keeping with one of the founding principles of the OPFL: The Player – To act on the best interests of what is best for the player. The player will be at the forefront of all league actions.
There is much uncertainty during this time. The health crisis is affecting areas of the province with varying degrees of impact. It is vitally important we respect and honour the health and well being of all our participants, from the player, the coach, the support staff, and the families themselves.
We applaud many of the initiatives clubs and coaches have taken over the past weeks. We have seen and heard of the online meetings, of staff providing reaching out with on-line clinics, players getting together on-line to work out and the providing of peer-to-peer support. The OPFL participated in a Xbox/PlayStation virtual Madden Football tournament with over 230 participants brought together throughout our Provincial clubs in early May.
All together the interest in the sport is alive thanks to all the clubs and support staff throughout Ontario doing what they do best, helping our youth to develop skills for success both on the field of play and off the field for life preparations.
The OPFL Executive will continue to explore any opportunities to keep our football community on the field. We will monitor the ongoing crisis and in the event of changes will reconvene with our memberships to explore options.
On behalf of the OPFL Executive Council we wish each of you, and your families the best during this battle. We all look forward to the day when we can return to competition.
The Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL) has welcomes the Scarborough Thunder (Scarborough Minor Football) and the Brantford Bisons (Bisons Football – Brant & District Football Club) as its newest members at the Premier division for the 2020 season as part of the league’s commitment to growing amateur football in Ontario. Both new centers will have teams competing at the Bantam, Junior and Varsity levels.
“We are thrilled to continue the expansion process with the Bisons and Thunder, and will continue to work closely with other organizations that have reached out to ensure they are able to secure a suitable home for their players.” said OPFL President Terry Barkley. On the importance to have representation in the various geographical areas, Barkley says "It’s great when you see an opportunity for local kids to discover the game, to develop their skills and have that stepping stone when they're ready to move on to the next level."
Since 1964, the Bisons name has been prominent in the Brantford and neighbouring communities. The Brantford Bisons , also known as the Brant District & Football Club have had a long proven history of developing championship teams. The organization has evolved different league starting with the Jungle League, moving to the Ontario Rugby Football Union and more recently in the Ontario Football Conference. Moving into 2020, Bisons President Jason Nagy said the organizations was very excited to join the Ontario Provincial Football League. “We have a long history of providing youth football in Brantford, dating back to 1964, and this allows us to continue that tradition. We look forward to competing with some of the strongest youth football clubs in Ontario while continuing to developing our players and grow our program.”
The Thunder will be reuniting with many former competitors in the 2020 season as they join the OPFL. When the Scarborough Thunder’s General Manager, Mike Fascione was asked what moving to the OPFL means for their organization and their players, he said “We believe that by moving to the OPFL we align ourselves to be playing the best competition at all levels”. The Scarborough Minor Football Association was founded 33 years ago when some of the remaining teams from the Scarborough Boys Football League came together to ensure the youth of Scarborough would be able to continue to learn the game of Football.
The OPFL Founders and Executive Council continues to be impressed with the organizations and excited about the direction of the OPFL.. “We all look forward to partnering with like-minded football groups committed to developing the sport.” says OPFL Vice-President Peter Wilkie.