Kids get more than a kick out of football camp

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As the summer baseball season winds down, football season gears up, and local kids who attended the Englewood Youth Sports Association’s summer football camp already have a start on their game.

The physically intense three-day camp, held July 23-25 at Englewood High School Stadium, put students in second through eighth grades to the test with a series of drills designed to build the strength and skills necessary for each position the student may play.

Taught by both Englewood coaching staff and football players, groups of campers rotated the field to face a new task.

“We primarily work on the fundamentals,” explained Englewood head coach Jay Graves. “We’ve got drills for speed and for things like hand-offs, the obstacle course for agility and other types of footwork they’ll need when they’re on the field.”

Future quarterbacks and their arms got a workout with ball-handling and passing skills. Linemen learned to block.

Everybody worked on speed and footwork.

“At they same time, we’re also hoping to build confidence,” he added. “And for me, it’s just really nice to see them up and active; I don’t thinks kids get off the sofa enough and play outside.”

The camp has become a longstanding tradition with the school, according to Graves, who himself has been with EHS for more than two decades.

“The kids just keep getting better and better,” Graves said. “There’s a lot of good talent out there and on the way up — it’s going to be a really exciting year for all of us.”

EYSA is an all-volunteer sports organization that provides local youth athletes the opportunity to participate in competitive-level baseball, softball, football and basketball.

EYSA is a volunteer organization providing local athletes the opportunity to take part in competitive-level baseball, softball, football and basketball.

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