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(Toronto) NFL Canada and Football Canada have announced a partnership to support and enable the growth of the sport in the country.

The three-year deal announced on Friday will focus on youth engagement programs (boys and girls ages 8-12), coaching clinics that will have direct community benefits, and football growth feminine.

NFL Canada will also support flag football and youth soccer programs in underserved communities and strengthening the player’s pathway to international competition.

“We are pleased to partner with Football Canada to support the growth of football at all levels in the country,” NFL Canada Managing Director David Thomson said in a statement. Our priority is to improve accessibility to our sport, insisting on engaging and inspiring a growing number of young people to play or take part in sport.

“We look forward to working with Football Canada to create more opportunities and pathways to football for all. »

Football Canada President Jim Mullin said the agreement will strengthen the development of the sport north of the border.

“Our goal is to deliver programming that will get more young Canadians playing football and staying in the sport in all its forms, a goal shared by the NFL,” Mullin said. In short, the NFL is there to support us in all that we do for the growth of football in the country. »

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. However, Mullin added that the agreement strengthens the foundations of Football Canada as a national sports federation.

“We believe this partnership gives us the opportunity to transform our organization’s presence in the national picture and support our members on the ground,” Mullin said.