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Youth football takes over Redskins Park

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will be the first local agency to benefit from the construction of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. On Saturday, September 28, about 270 young children will take to the fields to play youth football.

“Many of these kids will be playing in the footsteps of their heroes, and I’m sure their parents will be just as excited as they are,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “Our young cheerleaders also will be there to cheer them on.”

The department offers football and cheerleading for youth age 5 to 14. Each team represents one of the department’s community centers throughout the city.

The games will begin at 10 a.m. and are free for the public to attend. Using two fields, one for flag football and one for tackle, the schedule is as follows:

Flag Football (for children ages 5 through 7)
10 a.m. Blackwell vs. Hotchkiss 1
11:15 a.m. T.B. Smith vs. Hotchkiss 2
12:30 p.m. Bellemeade vs. Battery Park 1
1:45 p.m. Reid vs. Westover

Tackle Football
10 a.m. Randolph Juniors vs. Westover Juniors (children ages 13 and 14)
11.45 a.m. Hickory Hill Midgets vs. Westover Midgets (children ages 11 and 12)
1:30 p.m. Randolph PeeWees vs. Westover PeeWees (children ages 8 – 10)

The public is invited to attend, but please note that no smoking, personal food or drinks are allowed at the facility; however vendors will sell food, sodas and water in the concession area. Parking is available on West Leigh Street, and spectators will need to bring their own seating.

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