B.C. Lions star teaches technique

NANAIMO – B.C. Lions’ star running back holds second annual skills camp in Nanaimo in March.

B.C. Lions player Andrew Harris hands off the ball to a V.I. Raiders player during a football camp in Nanaimo in 2010. Harris will be holding a skills camp for children ages 7-14 in March.

B.C. Lions player Andrew Harris hands off the ball to a V.I. Raiders player during a football camp in Nanaimo in 2010. Harris will be holding a skills camp for children ages 7-14 in March.

Andrew Harris has awards and records, and he also has a ton of football knowledge to share.

The B.C. Lions’ star running back is holding his second annual skills camp in Nanaimo in March after receiving only positive feedback at last year’s camp.

“It seemed like it was a great experience for everyone that attended,” Harris said. “It’s pretty amazing to see how the kids reacted to me and a lot of the players. It was a lot of fun for me … When you tell a kid to do something and then they do it and you can see that it’s working, that right there is so rewarding.”

This year’s camp is scheduled for March 15-16 at Comox Field, located on the corner of Campbell and Prideaux streets. Children ages 7-14 can participate in the circuit skills camp that will offer instruction across all positions.

“We work on fundamentals the first day and then kind of get into the more particular skills,” Harris said. “It’s giving these kids an eye opener, some different things they might have never done before, and polishing up those things that they do know.”

Harris is coming off an all-star season in which he set a new CFL record for yards from scrimmage by a Canadian player. They’re proud of him in his hometown of Winnipeg, they cheer him in Vancouver, and he still chooses to hold his camps in the Harbour City.

“Nanaimo is where I kind of blossomed as a football player,” Harris said. “So it’s to come back and give back, in a sense. And I always love coming back to Nanaimo and this kind of gives me an excuse to be back there for a couple of days.”

GRID BITS … Cost to register for the camp is $80, which includes a camp jersey. To register, please click here.

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