Cowichan Valley Football Association

Big guns help draw players to ‘Dogs camp

Cowichan Valley Citizen

Kevin Rothbauer / The Citizen
April 3, 2015 12:00 AM

photo by: Mijen Multimedia

photo by: Mijen Multimedia

Adam Bighill was once again the big star at the Cowichan Bulldogs annual spring development camp late last month, but the BC Lions linebacker wasn’t the only familiar face leading the way. This time, Bighill brought along former Lions offensive lineman Angus Reid to help out.

“Adam is always such great inspiration for the kids and really gets the players fired up, so it was awesome this year that he was joined by Angus to bring an offensive perspective to the camp,” Bulldogs coach Devon Lawrence said.

The camp attracted 81 football players from across the Island, as well as coaches from the Vancouver Island Raiders, Ladysmith Football and Football Nanaimo, in addition to local coaches.

“To have as many kids as we did was incredible,” Lawrence said.

“The focus of the two-day camp is development and fundamentals. No matter where you play the game football is football and there is a core set of skills that all players should know, including a safe contact portion which focus is to coach the players on the proper technique of tackling and blocking.”

Each day emphasized different aspects of the sport.

“The focus of the morning on day one is giving every player the opportunity to try out each position while after lunch they focus on the position they play,” Lawrence said. “Day two is game day. This is where the players get to put everything they learned into a game situation. The players are divided into a senior and junior group and then they play a scrimmage game within those groups.”

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