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V.I. Raiders to hold main camp this weekend in Parksville

Nanaimo’s junior football team getting ready for the season, which starts Aug. 3

Football season isn’t far off – the Vancouver Island Raiders junior football club will hold main camp this coming weekend, July 19-21.

Raiders players and coaching staff arrive today, July 18, in Parksville and will stay overnight at Winchelsea Elementary School. The camp is being hosted by the Ballenas Whalers football program.

Whalers head coach Dan Smith said it’s a great opportunity to give football more exposure in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

“We are hoping our young players and those interested in the sport will take the opportunity to watch the Raiders players train,” said Smith. “There might be an opportunity for them to interact with the players, learn from them and encourage them to play or improve themselves.”

The Nanaimo-based Raiders play in the B.C. Football Conference, having won the provincial championships nine times, as well as three national titles. Head coach is Curtis Vizza and most notable alumnus is Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris.

For a schedule of main camp activities, click here.

The V.I. Raiders kick off the BCFC season on the road Aug. 3 against the Langley Rams. The first home game isn’t until Aug. 17, when the Kamloops Broncos visit Caledonia Park.

READ MORE: Former VI Raiders star Harris leads Bombers past B.C. Lions

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