CFLers will coach women’s football clinic

Women's Football 101 will be held March 28 in Nanaimo, consisting of a morning clinic and an afternoon beer-and-burger event.

The football is just for women, but any fans can join in the fun.

Women’s Football 101 will be held March 28 in Nanaimo, consisting of a morning clinic and an afternoon beer-and-burger event.

The fundraiser for KidSport Nanaimo is being organized by Catriona Smith, sister of CFL player Andrew Smith of the Montreal Alouettes.

“It’s just kind of introduction to football,” she said. “A lot of us women are fans of football but don’t really get the opportunity to try it out. This is everybody’s opportunity to do that.”

The event will be a star-studded affair, with many CFL players making up the guest coaching staff – Andrew Harris, Marco Iannuzzi and Whitman Tomusiak of the B.C. Lions, Sean Whyte, Nick Boyd and Andrew Smith of the Alouettes, Justin Sorensen of the Edmonton Eskimos and Ryan Lucas of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The on-field portion of the day will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at Merle Logan Field. The participants will be introduced to the different positions, then will test out their newly acquired skills in game action.

“Of the people that have signed up, some have played football, some have never played football,” Catriona Smith said. “It’s really, really basic. You don’t have to have any football experience whatsoever to come and join.”

Women 19 and over can participate in the clinic, but anyone is invited to stop by the field to cheer on the women and see the CFLers.

The football will be followed by a beer and burger at Carlos O’Bryan’s pub, where there will be a raffle for a cruise vacation and a silent auction.

Cost to sign up for the day’s activities is $35, or $20 for just the beer and burger portion.

For more information, please visit, e-mail or phone 280-861-1522.

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