By Laura Lennie, News Staff
Hamilton Mountain Football Factory has found a new home for its Stoney Creek league.
The coed NFL flag football house league program will hold its games at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School’s new artificial turf field this season. The program ran its games at Heritage Green Community Sports Park for the last two seasons.
“We worked really hard to provide our athletes with this opportunity, so we’re quite excited about it,” HMFF co-founder Gianfranco Mele said. “We think when parents find out that NFL flag football will be played on Cardinal Newman’s turf, it’s going to increase the demand quite a bit.”
The HMFF is the largest NFL flag football league in Canada. It caters to children ages six to 17 and is broken down into five divisions.
HMFF began with a Hamilton league four years ago, before adding a Stoney Creek league two seasons ago. The program holds its Hamilton league games at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School’s artificial turf field.
Mele said the HMFF was established to get kids active.
“The game of flag football is so awesome, it’s such a fun game. The kids absolutely love it and the parents love it too, so being able to offer this program to families in the community feels great," he said. “HMFF wouldn’t be possible without the program’s many sponsors and volunteers. We started with 100 kids in our first season and have continued to grow substantially since.”
Mele said HMFF couldn’t be happier about running games at Cardinal Newman this season.
“All of our games will now be played on turf; flag football’s just a fun game on turf, it really is,” he said. “Cardinal Newman is such a great location and facility. I think it’s going to open up the door to having so many more kids participate, which is a fantastic thing.”
Registration this weekend
Hamilton Mountain Football Factory’s 2014 season starts April 24 and runs until June 21.
Registration begins this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at National Sports Centre (Upper Wentworth Street).
Other registration dates include Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sport Chek (Ancaster); Wednesday, March 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Elementary School (Winona); Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at National Sports Centre; and Wednesday, March 26, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Elementary School.
For more information, visit www.hmff.ca.