Regina’s football program aims to develop skills and techniques in young players

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Wolverines Football Training Inc. aims to take youngsters to the next level of their game by focusing on speed, strength and agility, as well as skill and technique.

Born in May 2021, the program bridges the off-season gap running from November to late July around Regina Minor Football (RMF) season.

“Improve their skills and improve their abilities not only in football, but just in leadership and community involvement all together,” said executive director Justin Nagy.

They also work on combine drills and teach them about the various combines held in the province.

During the winter months, much of the training is done at their indoor facilities.

Saturday was the facility’s official grand opening, but it’s been used with the program since November.

The program has grown 600% since it opened last spring, growing from 5 athletes to 34.

Jacob Melenchuk said he was part of the program to get more conditioning training in anticipation of approaching this season with more skill.

“Last year wasn’t a great year so I wanted to come back and improve,” said Melenchuk.

Easton Milos is also a fan of the conditioning offered by Wolverines Football favoring the program over the regular season.

“I prefer it here because there’s a lot more conditioning,” Milos said. “What I think I need is a lot more exercise, and I think, more effective exercise.”

Nagy said program pricing is kept affordable through fundraising and sponsorship to be available to all athletes.

They also offer player sponsorship so Wolverines Football never says no to an athlete who wants to learn or improve.

Just a year into the program, they already have their sights set on growth and are looking to expand to a larger facility.

“Having that ability to have that full field with the ability where we can throw, kick, do whatever is definitely our five-to-10-year perspective,” Nagy said.

Wolverines Football also wants to add another pillar to reach out to struggling young people to help them find a passion while learning leadership and commitment.

Nagy said he started the program as a way to give back to the community by passing on what he learned about the sport.

The co-ed program has age groups aligned with those of RMF, as well as what they call “Cubs”, which teaches five- to seven-year-olds the fundamentals of football.

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