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The Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL) has announced its newest member at the Premier division for the 2020 season as part of the league’s commitment to growing amateur football in Ontario. The Toronto Junior Argonauts have joined the growing list of teams competing in the OPFL.
Kingston, ON – Established in 2004, the Toronto Jr. Argos Football Program has accumulated five Provincial Championships. The franchise, representing the City of Toronto, will field teams in the Premier Varsity and Premier Junior Varsity divisions for the upcoming OPFL season. “It is appropriate that this elite Ontario-wide football league has a team from the provincial capital and we are excited that we will be representing the entire city,” said the Jr. Argos Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to continue the expansion process with the Toronto Junior Argonauts, 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."
When asked about his plans for the teams Junior Head Coach, André Brock, said the organizations was excited to get their kids back on the field playing the sport we all love and they are very eager to test themselves versus the very best that the province has to offer.
“I continue to be impressed with the organizations and excited about the direction of the OPFL” said OPFL Vice-President Peter Wilkie. “We all look forward to partnering with like-minded football groups committed to developing the sport.”
About the Ontario Provincial Football League: Ontario Provincial Football League is a not-for-profit corporation overseen by a volunteer board of directors and executive council. Our volunteers are committed to four objectives: create an environment where like-minded centers can play football at the highest level, promoting a tiered environment for the development of football in Ontario, providing maximum exposure for post-secondary opportunities and focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing of our players. We that maintaining a competitive football atmosphere combined with our community values make us unique.
The OPFL continues to expand with the announcement this week of the addition of the Waterloo Predators (Waterloo Region Minor Football) at both the Premier and Regional Rep Divisions .
Kingston, ON – “This is some very exciting news for our League” said Terry Barkley, President of the OPFL. Barkley went on to say that with the addition of the Predators, the OPFL bolsters it’s membership to 22 Clubs with a totals of 56 teams between both divisions.
The Waterloo Region Minor Football have a tradition of minor football excellence and the Predators have a long history of success and growth. “We are excited to be the newest members of the Ontario Provincial Football League.” said Melissa Ladouceur, President of Waterloo Region Football. T” We look forward to competing in the OPFL with some of Ontario's most successful and strongest franchises while continuing to elevate the quality of football in our region”. The Waterloo Region Minor Football is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 and has been providing the Waterloo-Kitchener area youth with a quality, positive team experience that fosters a love for the game of football while allowing individuals to grow both as athletes and members of a community. Their programs focus on player development and safe football fundamentals while promoting good sportsmanship, self-confidence, discipline, competitiveness and team work. The Predators will be represented at Regional Rep for Bantam and Premier for Junior and Varsity. Premier home games will be played at the University of Waterloo Warrior Field.
“We can’t wait for the 2020 season to kick off!” said Vice-President of the OPFL Peter Wilkie. “The OPFL is looking forward to making the League more competitive, football-focused, and inclusive.” Both organizations will complete the league’s composition of teams all playing a balanced 8-game schedule of home-and-away games each. The detailed information about all the teams will be posted early in the new year on the league’s website as well as the game schedule.