For Immediate Release
December 21, 2023
Football Ontario Announces TFFL as Official Member
Football Ontario Welcomes the Toronto Flag Football League as the Newest Member
Hamilton, Ontario – Football Ontario is thrilled to welcome the Toronto Flag Football League (TFFL) as an official member of Football Ontario. Together, Football Ontario, the TFFL, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club will work together in order to continue the growth, promotion, collaboration, and alignment of flag football throughout the province.
The three organizations recently worked together to put on the inaugural 2023 Argos Cup, a flag football tournament for local elementary schools. The event was a success with over 100 athletes participating in a day of games, skills challenges, and even meeting Argos players and alumni.
“The continued growth of flag football is perhaps the most important area of our sport. To see the TFFL and Football Ontario join forces is a truly exciting occasion. The Toronto Argonauts enjoy great partnerships with both organizations and know how important each can be to the other. We’ll be delighted to work with this new partnership to continue the sport’s development.” says Patrick Bakker, Director of Business Operations with Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts.
The Toronto Flag Football League has programs for all ages and skill levels, from Learn to Play for ages 5-8, recreational youth programs for ages 9-16, as well as adult leagues. They also operate Women and Girls only leagues as well as competitive programs for each age group. The organization currently possesses an expectant 2024 enrollment of over 2500 players, 200 coaches, and 90 officials.
Football Ontario and the Toronto Flag Football League are excited to join forces in order to develop future potential Canadian Flag Football Olympians and CFL players. The organization’s will look to work together to build more programming and event opportunities as well as increase opportunities for athletes to take part in the High-Performance Pathways in order to participate in National and International events.
“This is a pivotal moment for the sport and a huge win for the athletes we serve,” says Ryan Borenstein, Commissioner of Toronto Flag Football. “Partnering with Football Ontario in collaboration with the Argos, gives us an incredible opportunity to bring enhanced flag football programs across the province, and to foster a diverse and inclusive flag football community. Our recent success with the Argos Cup is just a glimpse of the potential of our teamwork. We look forward to kicking-off many more fun flag football programs for people of all talent levels, and hopefully developing some future Olympians along the way.”
The main mission of this partnership is to grow, promote, and continue to align flag football for all athletes across the province. Through this Football Ontario hopes to provide a more diverse and inclusive sporting experience that encourages leadership development and positive physical and mental health through the sport of football.
“I am thrilled to announce the official membership of the Toronto Flag Football League (TFFL) with Football Ontario. This partnership marks an exciting chapter in the growth of flag football in the Toronto region. Together, with TFFL and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, we are committed to fostering collaboration, expanding programming, and creating more opportunities for athletes of all ages and skill levels.
The recent success of the 2023 Argos Cup, where we collaborated to bring together local elementary schools and community clubs for a day of games and skills challenges, demonstrates the potential for positive impact when organizations unite for a common goal. This partnership is not just about playing the game; it’s about building a community, promoting inclusivity, and developing the next generation of Canadian Flag Football Olympians and CFL players.” Aaron Geisler, Executive Director Football Ontario.
Football Ontario is committed to partnerships that aim to achieve the highest programming standards and the organization believes that by partnering and working together, the development of flag football within Ontario and the GTA will be accelerated.. The organization is looking forward to an enduring partnership.
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ABOUT FOOTBALL ONTARIO: Football Ontario is the sanctioned provincial governing body for football in Ontario, through its focus on transparency, growth, alignment and excellence, is engaged in providing football opportunities for all of Ontario. Football Ontario is driven by a commitment to deliver football programming, opportunities and resources for its members and the provincial football stakeholders. Please visit: footballontario.net