KMFL prepare for fall football return to Peterborough


The Kinsmen Minor Football League is now the only fall football option for ages 14 and under after the Kawartha Otters dropped their representation programs in the Ontario Fall Football League for 2022.

The KMFL has not held its traditional home soccer league schedule since 2019. The 42-year-old organization canceled the 2020 season due to COVID-19. He was forced to suspend the 2021 season due to a lack of players, in part because the Otters attracted players by running U10 and U14 OFFL teams.

Meetings have taken place between the merged Peterborough Wolverines and KMFL with the Kawartha Football Club in an attempt to bring the three groups together under one umbrella, KMFL President Bryan Junkin said.

Those meetings did not result in an agreement, but Junkin said Otters founder and chairman Sidney Parkes recently informed him that they would be canceling their minor fall teams and recommending their players join. the KMFL. Junkin said the Otters sold all of their equipment to an organization in Toronto.

“We have again become the only football option in Peterborough for minor football,” Junkin said. “We learned a few things during the pandemic and from this competition. We will stick to our merger plan with the Wolverines.

The combined organizations will create a board that will oversee minor football for ages 7 to 17, he said.

Parkes declined repeated requests from The Examiner to discuss the decision to no longer run the fall schedule. He forwarded all questions to the little one’s email address which went unanswered. Parkes said he was no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the Otters.

In an email to families of Otters players, Parkes said, “I am reaching out to you all with an update. It was planned that in May we would have a public meeting to outline the details of our fall programming. This does not happen. Instead, community leaders came together and went over the logistics of a harmonized organization, a single location for elementary-aged athletes to play for the fall season.

“After long weeks, Kawartha Football has made the decision to temporarily suspend minor football operations. We will not be hosting any U10, U12 or U14 tackle football programming for the fall 2022 season. Refunds will be distributed quickly over the next week, and we hope everyone will participate in the KMFL (Kinsmen Minor Football League) for this coming fall.”

He further stated that Kawartha Football will continue to operate the Kawartha Football Academy, the U18 women’s football program and seasonal camps for elementary age players.

Christian Vesnaver, Kawartha Football’s vice president of minor programs, said he was not part of the decision-making process and only learned of the program’s rollback through Parkes’ email.

Junkin said the upheaval the Otters have caused to existing organizations over the past two years has led to positives.

“It made existing clubs raise their game a bit and look internally at what they were doing and change some things,” he said.

Junkin said KMFL’s goal was to resuscitate its grassroots program. They might consider a fall rep program in future years if numbers increase.

“It will definitely help our numbers, that’s for sure,” Junkin said. “Overall our numbers are still low, but we are definitely going to have a season.

“We will rebuild after the pandemic and build back better.”

The KMFL traditionally ran two four-team football divisions at 8 for their junior division and 12 for their season division. This season they will run three divisions for U10, U12 and U14 and the number of teams and size of teams will depend on the number of entries.

Registration is $375 for an eight-week season and includes all provided equipment except mouth guard and cleats.

The KMFL season begins the first week of September.

Registration is available online at kmfl.ca.

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