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For Immediate Release 

December 16, 2022

Football Ontario Announces Date and Location for Red-Black Weekend

Red-Black Weekend to return to Western University on May 6-7 Weekend

Hamilton, Ontario – Football Ontario has officially unveiled the date and location of Phase Three of the 2023 Male Tackle High-Performance Program; Red-Black Weekend. 

The event will return to Western University in London, ON for a second consecutive year and will be hosted by the Western Mustangs football program and local community partners the London JR Mustangs, London Beefeaters and Forest City Thunderbird.

Red-Black Weekend will take place the weekend of May 6 and 7, following the Team Ontario Male Tackle Development Camps. 

We are extremely honoured to be hosting Team Ontario RedBlack Top 90 Selection camp.  It is a great opportunity to showcase our incredible school to the stars of tomorrow.  We look forward to providing an amazing experience to the athletes and their families, as well as all the volunteer coaches and scouts who will be attending the event.” says Kevin MacNeil, Coach and Recruiting Coordinator with the Western Mustangs Football Program.

The Football Ontario Top 90 will be selected by the coaching staff and general managers at the U14, U16, and U18 age level. The Football Ontario Top 90 (x3) will be personally invited by Football Ontario to one of the largest recruiting events in Ontario with OUA/CJFL/U Sports coaches all in attendance.

The U18 Team Red and Team Black will be selected by a virtual draft held and performed by the Coaching Staff of the Team Ontario program leading up to the weekend. The draft will be streamed online via the Official Football Ontario YouTube Channel.

At Red-Black Weekend, players will go through a mini-camp followed by the Red v Black games at each age group that will be filmed and streamed live on the Official Football Ontario YouTube Channel.

“Thank you to Coach MacNeill, Coach Marshall and the Western Mustangs family for being open to hosting the 2023 Red-Black Weekend. We look forward to working alongside all of our community partners in the London-area to ensure that we provide the best possible experience for our Team Ontario student-athletes, coaches, support staff and families.” says JT Tsui, Director of Sport with Football Ontario

Red-Black weekend is the final step of the evaluation and selection process for the Team Ontario Male Tackle Program. Following the event, the Team Ontario coaches will make their final decisions and the Football Ontario Top 40 will be selected to take part in the Football Canada Cup in Edmonton, AB (U18) and the Eastern Regional Challenge in Sackville, NB (U16). For the full 2023  National Championship schedule CLICK HERE.

Football Ontario is thrilled to have the opportunity to put on another successful Red-Black Weekend and to return to Football Canada’s National Championships in 2023. The organization is excited to lead a successful Team Ontario program in order to showcase all the talent the province has to offer. 


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