BRAWLEY – The last two years of youth football in the Imperial Valley have looked different as the pandemic has severely affected youth sports participation due to restrictions and low attendance.
However, as time goes on, so does our youth athletics: Brawley Youth Football is already factoring this into this year’s entry numbers. BYF has already surpassed its attendance from last year, with numbers rising from 181 in total last season to 252 for this upcoming 2022 season at Brawley alone. This BYF season will field three more teams than last year, including four flag teams, two 9-u teams, one 10-u team, two 11-u teams, one 12-u team and one 13-u team.
“We are very happy with these numbers and hope this will lead many more children and parents to resume what we love to do, which is to go out there and support our children in what they love. To do. And for a lot of them here, that’s playing football,” BYF freshman president Arron Muniz said ahead of the upcoming season.
The future looks bright as BYF looks to power through 2022 running on all cylinders. They’re hosting their annual football and pep camp this Friday at Soto Field (behind Warne Field) at 6 p.m.
“We are looking forward to the training sessions and hope the youngsters are looking forward to them as well,” Muniz said.
With outstanding former Brawley Wildcat players and current Brawley High coaches expected to attend and participate in training camp, it will also be something of a comeback for the event as last year’s training camp has been cancelled.
“It’s shaping up to be a great time to help our young people up north,” said Matt Self, former Brawley High football athlete and 2011 graduate and current football coach at Calipatria High.
“It’s always great to go out there and practice and get the general football vibe back for everyone,” added Self, looking forward to Friday’s training camp.
The camp is both for football and fun and is open to children ages 5-14. The cost is $20 per participant, with the exception of Grade 8 football camp students who receive free registration. All registration information is available at https://www.brawleyyouthfootball.com/registration.
“Brawley Youth Football has been looking forward to this for a long time, just coming back in the spirit of Brawley football. A big thank you to all the former and current Brawley volunteers, coaches and players who come together to put this in place for our community and our kids,” Muniz added.