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Bantam Broncs working hard in the offseason

Will hold a spring cleanup of downtown April 6 to give back to community
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The Ponoka Bantam Broncs football team has been working hard in the offseason. The club has held weekly “dryland practices” in the Royal Air Cadets Building (the old pink school) since February.

These dryland sessions are non-contact, no equipment practices that focus on fitness, skill development, and team building. Most importantly, players will begin developing routines and habits that will make the Bantam Broncs successful in the 2023 CAFL season.

The team has enjoyed a large number of participants at each practice, including many new kids who are seeing if they and the team are a fit.

Dryland is absolutely free for participants (except they are encouraged to bring a food item for the food bank to each session — the team managed to raise 200lbs of food in 2022). Athletic clothing and shoes are all that is necessary.

There are four remaining dryland sessions (April 4, 11, 18, 20, 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.) and head coach Todd Lewis strongly encourages kids in Grades 6 to 8 to give it a shot.

It’s a great opportunity for kids to try football. It’s safe, fun, and zero obligation — if a kid decides that football is for him/her, they can walk away. But maybe they discover that football is for them and now they have something new in their life that is special.

Downtown cleanup:

The Bantam Broncs are also organizing a spring cleanup of downtown Ponoka and some of its public parks, Thursday, April 6, from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Players and staff will walk the streets, picking up trash where they see it.

Now that the snow is melting, there is some trash littering our town. Without the massive amount of support we receive from our community, the Bantam Broncs wouldn’t exist. Our cleanup is a small way to give back and say thanks.

After the cleanup, the team will have pizza. Any volunteers who’d like to lend a hand are more than welcome to reach out to the team. Email todd.lewis@wolfcreek.ab.ca for more information.



Emily Jaycox

About the Author: Emily Jaycox

I'm a reporter for Ponoka News and have lived in Ponoka since 2015.
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