Winter skills camps in Hamilton take on volleyball, football

Two local minor sports groups have planned instructional camps that should help the winter months pass by a little faster. Volleyball skills will be offered by the St. Mary Volleyball Program and the Mountain Volleyball Club while football techniques will be presented by at the Hamilton Wentworth Tiger Cats Winter Skills Camp.

The instructional house league volleyball program for girls and boys in grades 5 to 8 starts Sunday, Jan. 6. The weekly two-hour sessions start at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School.

Volleyball novices will spend an hour learning and developing basic skills followed by a one-hour playing session. The program runs for 10 weeks. Coaches are National Coaching Certificate Program trained from the St. Mary and MVC Volleyball clubs. Registration includes a T-shirt and volleyball. A maximum of 60 spaces are available. Contact information is available at

The Hamilton Wentworth Tiger Cats Winter Skills Camp is a non-contact, skill teaching camp designed to give each player a foundation in football fundamentals. Led by coach Joe Sardo and his staff, each player will receive 12 weeks of hands-on instruction through drills and new techniques.

The camp is designed to focus on the fundamentals of football – blocking, tackling, passing, receiving and running – specific player positions, as well as strength and conditioning.

The team of coaches include past and present Canadian Football League players, members of the Vanier Cup winning McMaster Marauders, professional coaches, and the coaching staff of the Hamilton Wentworth Tiger-Cats Football Association.

Prior football experience is not a prerequisite. The camp, for ages 7 to 14 years, begins in January and will run from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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