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WHY BE A RAIDER?

GREAT opportunities:

Our Atom Teams took the field at Commonwealth Stadium during as the Eskimos Half Time Show in 2018, our Peewee Team won the Tier 4 Championship, our Bantams are being featured at the Grey Cup Festival playing Flag Football and our Peewees & Bantams were invited to the CFL Grey Cup Camp where they'll train with CFL athletes, Coaches & maybe even get up close and personal to the Grey Cup!

We invest in our Coaches!  We provide educational opportunities and funds to our Coaches.  They've attended Glazier Coaching Clinics in Phoenix, and continue to develop their skills, just as we develop those of our Players.

We promote Player Development.  Although we want to win, we believe that it's more important for our Players to EARN their game time.   In our organization, we reward attendance, work ethic and attitude.  With a focus on those attributes, improvement, skill and winning will happen.

IT'S FUN!  Just look through our Gallery.  It's fun to be a Raider!

BECOME A RAIDER!

Coaching Applications for the 2019 Season are now being accepted.  Email to edmontonraiders@gmail.com.  Head Coaches will be announced in March 2019

Spring Training Camp Registration will open in January & training will commence in February.  Coached again by Edmonton Eskimo, Ryan King (with Guest Coach Calvin McCarty).

Tackle Football Registration opens in February 2019.

Interested in playing football in a female only league, or in playing Flag Football?  Ask us about it at edmontonraiders.com

Ask us about the Winter Football Camps that are available in Edmonton, or contact us for more details on being a Raider!

UPCOMING EVENTS - Save the Date

November 24th - CFL Grey Cup Camp (Peewee & Bantams)

November 24th - Bantam Flag Football vs. Chargers - Grey Cup Festival at Syncrude Field - 6:00pm

November 25th - Grey Cup

January - Spring Training Online Registration Opens

February - Tackle Football Online Registration Opens

Mid-March - U16 Tryouts


Peewee, 2017

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TIER 4 CDMFA CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to our Peewee team that secured the Tier 4 CDMFA Championship  with a 34-0 win over the Stony Plain Bombers in the semi-finals and a 26-0 win over the Wetaskiwin Warriors in the finals.

Peewee Tier 4 Champions 2018

Hayden McMullan 2018

Atom Rookie Hayden McMullan & the Raiders on overcoming challenges.

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Luke MacNeil Memorial Scholarship

Luke Anders MacNeil (July 26, 1995 – July 5, 2017) was a player with the West Edmonton Raiders organization from 2003 to 2009. Luke was known for executing his position as Safety with passion, ferocity and skill. Luke was an “all in” player, but his dedication to his team and his teammates went far beyond the field, and resulted in friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime.

Luke loved every moment of the time he spent playing for the Raiders. In his memory, his family is sponsoring a player in need of assistance with the hopes that they will be able to find the same complete joy in playing the game as Luke did.

 “Football doesn't build character, it reveals character.” – Marv Levy.

Luke’s true character:  courageous, talented, brave, and fiercely loyal, was revealed on the Raiders’ field and we will be forever grateful to coaches, volunteers and teammates for giving him the opportunity and sharing the experience with him.

Long-Term Athletic Development

WHY KIDS QUIT SPORTS?

IT'S A PRETTY WELL KNOWN FACT THAT 70% OF CHILDREN QUIT YOUTH SPORTS BY THE AGE OF 13. 

WHAT IS NOT AS WIDELY KNOWN IS THE REASONS WHY THEY QUIT. THE SCARY PART IS THAT MANY OF THE THINGS WELL-INTENTIONED PARENTS AND COACHES DO FOR THEIR ATHLETES ARE THINGS THEY BELIEVE ARE HELPING, BUT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO THE HIGH DROP OUT RATE! 

THE NUMBER 1 REASON WHY THEY QUIT IS THAT IT STOPS BEING FUN!

WHAT KIDS WANT ARE:

1. RESPECT AND ENCOURAGEMENT
2. POSITIVE ROLE  MODEL
3. CLEAR, CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION
4. KNOWLEDGE OF SPORT

Football Canada has developed a Long-Term Athletic Development standard for football called Football for Life. If you would like more information, please refer to the link attached below.

http://www.footballcanada.com

http://footballcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Football-09-ENG-LTAD-Normal-Res1.pdf

 

 

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING FOOTBALL?

As one of the most popular sports among young boys in America, football has surpassed baseball as the nation’s leading sport. Football teaches discipline, teamwork and dedication, all of which are beneficial beyond the gridiron. But American football is also a great sport for health and fitness.

Here are the Top 10 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:

  • Better work ethic: Even though teams play only one game weekly, they practice five days a week. That means that as long as you make a commitment to put in the hard work during the week, the success and results will show on game day. Instilling this kind of work ethic helps players improve their skill level and learn the plays.
  • Stress relief: Adrenaline rushes from playing football help with stress release, so players are more calm and less prone to depression and aggressive behavior in life outside the field.
  • Overall workout: The intensity and range of movements involved in the game, including kicks, twists,turns and throws, provide better overall exercise, according to a series of studies. The sustained, stop-start nature of the game helps to build long-term fitness and burn fat, as it mimics interval training.
  • Mental health: Football is great at helping to maintain a healthy level of endorphins and can make moods more stable. People suffering from symptoms of depression and anxiety can often use exercise to help alleviate symptoms and naturally lift dark moods. Football also promotes social integration, which also adds its own feel-good factor.
  • Teamwork: Selflessness, cooperation and teamwork are what most youth football coaches emphasize to bring their teams together, so they can function and play together efficiently and effectively as a group. These lessons carry over into daily life at school, work or with friends.
  • Cardio: Football at any level requires a great deal of running, jumping and quick changes of direction. The game is an excellent form of aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
  • Interval training: Football combines periods of slow and fast movement with added bouts of sprinting. This makes the heart work at different paces and not just at a constant elevated level. This mimics interval training, which is a more effective way of controlling body fat and increasing overall fitness.
  • It’s an enjoyable activity: With the excitement of the game itself, people sometimes don’t even notice that they are also getting a good workout. This will stop them from getting bored and giving up, which is what most sedentary people give as their main excuse for not exercising.
  • Cardiovascular health: Since football always keeps you active and moving, this adds great benefits to engage your cardiovascular system, increased longevity, as well as reduced susceptibility to heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic disease.
  • Increased bone density and mass: Football players are usually required to have a high protein and carbohydrate diet because the sport is so vigorous and requires them to be strong. The strength training exercises help with increased mass and bone density, which reduces the risk of bone and joint related diseases as you get older.
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