Hi everyone,

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. The season is under way and the Lions teams I have seen on the team are impressive. The teams are big in number, big in size and talented beyond belief. The Coaches are well prepared, as usual and all indications are that we are in for one heck of a Lions season.Image
Spring Houseleague is quickly getting ready ( I hear equipment pickups start April 17th, for those that have paid their fees) and are Coaching ranks are pretty much set. As always, this time of year, we need more Spring player. So, get the word out. Tell your friends to sign up. Tell any football friends that haven’t signed up yet to get off the couch. Spring League start the week of May 1st and we will be raring to go.

Winter Camp is half over and we have seen lots of new faces and some good, raw talent from the rookies. Here’s hoping all those players fund fun in the drills and games and want to make “real football” part of their lives going forward. If anybody has any questions about anything to do with Cambridge Lions Football or Our fantastic Spring Development Program, please write me at webeldham@rogers.com.

That’s it for now! “COME FEEL OUR PRIDE” GO LIONS!!!

What’s Happening? OMG!!!, what isn’t?

So much news, let me list it allImage

1/ Robert Nadon is now our Director of Spring House-league (CSFL) Football. Robert has a wife, Lisa, with 2 boys playing Atom this year in the CSFL. He has already started his duties as Director. Welcome aboard, Robert!

2/ Gary Barbosa has been appointed as our Director of Fall Travel (Jr. Lions) Football. Gary was director of Fall in 2012 and our VP in 2013. Pretty hard to find someone with more experience then Gary. Welcome back, meu capitão!

3/ Winter camp for Jr. Lions and Spring House-league Registration are now up at http://www.cambridgefootball.ca. Check them out and get those players signed up. (Rumour has it that there will be a discount if you sign up for Spring and Fall at the same time!)

4/ Our CALL FOR COACHES for Spring House-league has gone up on the website. For those that want to Coach, read away and follow the link

5/ For past Coaches and for ones that have been chosen for Summer Rep Lions, there is a Canadian Football Conference in Burlington on March 28/29. Cost will be only $20 as CMFA will subsidize the rest of it. Come one , come all. Learn lots about our great Canadian game. Contact our VP Geoff Little at geofflitt@hotmail.com.

6/ NLPT Strength training is under way and our Elite tune-up Camp run by Anthony Maggiacomo starts in 4 weeks. The Summer Rep Lions season is right around the corner.

7/ LIONS APPAREL IS COMING! Hoodies, Hats, T’s and Toques will be available by April or May. Make sure to lad up as there is plenty of great items and some very unique stuff coming. if you want any custom stuff ahead of time contact ana.veber@live.ca

8/ Rumours abound for OV Fall. You may have heard that HMFA has left. There will be at least one other Hamilton Association to take their place. Also, Niagara, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton and Toronto Thunder have all discussed  adding teams to the MD division. In the OV division, teams will be split into east and west divisions and it appears that Essex

As always, write me if you need a questions answered webeldham@rogers.com

Bill B

2014 comes in like a Steamroller

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Please keep watching this blog, as I hope to keep everyone up to date on all the unofficial goings-ons. 

I always seem to find a reason to let everyone hear something, put a bug in everyone’s ear, quash a rumour, hint at coming events etc etc. This will be the place where I will try to do that in the year ahead.

What won’t be here is lectures, speeches and deep philosophical sharing. I will leave that to the “Grid Iron”!

But if you want to get the straight scoop from the CMFA Prez, keep checking back.

As always I can be reached at webeldham@rogers.com

The Lions show our Pride with the Self-Help Food Bank

Our association, over a month ago, raised $595 and 1200 lbs of food for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. I wanted you all to know that a donation that size does not get taken lightly. I was asked to take part in a Ceremony to kick off their 20th annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. It is intended to raise donations for the Christmas season which is so hard on so many families. 

We did a very good thing. Please See below. Way to go Lions!!! And by all means, for those of you who are able to please support needy families through this program. the bus is located at the Zehrs behind Cambridge Mall.

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2014 Board gets Started

The Board had it’s first meeting with all members in attendance.

Big Welcome to new Members Geoff Little (VP), Steve Schroder (Treas), Stephanie Fleury(Secy) and Kevin Delaney(Marketing). I know each of them will do a fantastic job.

The biggest obstacle we have, both as a Board and as an Association, is the new legislation covering “Not-For-Profits” in Ontario. This will prove to be a challenge, but we have struck a 5 member sub-committee to tackle this problem. Several of the committee members are tackling these issues already with other groups, so we have a good knowledge base to get started. I will keep you updated  how this will affect our Board Meetings, our AGMs and our whole Association.

Meanwhile if you need some light reading, this is what I’m referring to: http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/mcs/en/pages/not_for_profit.aspx

It’s a whole lot of hullabaloo which is meant to protect us all, as volunteers.

I’m sure once we get into it, we will be fine.

IN THE MEANTIME, IF ANY OF OUR MEMBERS ARE LAWYERS AND WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR OUR COMMITTEE AND OFFER SOME FREE LEGAL ADVICE, DON’T BE AFRAID TO CONTACT ANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS!

Have a Great Week!

Go Lions!!!

Could this work for the Lions?

A little bit of fun here. Not that any of us would really try this, but it is an interesting principle for this Coach. Lost in his statistics is the fact that he has a Powerhouse system within his league. Kids come to his school because it IS a powerhouse. If he ever had a year where his team was to even go .500, his statistics go right out the window.

Nonetheless, it’s always fun to watch and consider new ideas! Please follow the link

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9970245/grantland-channel-coach-never-punts

By the way, Congrats to longtime Lion James Roberts. The Doug Shuh award winner this year for the MVP in Senior Football for WCSSAA. Players and people like you, make us all proud James

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