DUBLIN — On Saturday, Indianapolis Colts assistant strength and conditioning coach Richard Howell, a Bladenboro native, will host a USA Football FUNdamentals clinic for children ages 7 to 11 at West Bladen High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The free, one-day clinic is designed to introduce children to football by teaching basic skills in a fun and energetic environment and is supported through a grant from the NFL Foundation.
All skills and drills selected are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, ensuring players are learning in an age-appropriate manner, based on their cognitive and physical maturity.
“This is pretty huge for us,” said Knights varsity head football coach Russell Dove. “It’s a chance to host a camp that’s free for the kids and get some football and life skills taught through a highly-developed program. We are extremely excited about this.”
Howell played football at the old Bladenboro High along with Dove.
“That makes it extra special, having a local boy come home and bring a camp like this,” Dove said.
FUNdamentals incorporates a series of drills to teach passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting. Participants also will be introduced to the basics of USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling techniques through non-contact drills. USA Football programs are supported and endorsed by leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport for a safer, better game.
Online registration for the camp is limited to the first 80 youngsters, and can be done at http://usafootball.com/fun under the title of Richard Howell Football Camp. On Saturday, youngsters can register for the camp starting at 8:30 a.m. Dove said the came is designed for 150 participants, but “we won’t turn anyone away.”
Coaches and players from West Bladen are expected to serve as instructors with Howell, along with coaches from around Bladen County and possibly beyond.