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AYF looking for cheering coach
RUMFORD -- The sounds of footballs being lofted through the air is fast approaching and the youth programs have become extremely important in the continued successes achieved by the high schools.
The AYF also provides an important activity that is often overlooked, so finding a cheering coach is a top priority. A person or two who are willing to step forward will certainly find it to be a worthwhile experience.
“This is strictly a volunteer position,” said Crystal Duguay. “The coordinator seeks out other volunteers to coach a cheering squad for each football team. They schedule/run practices, order team apparel and communicate with parents.”
AYF has approximately 100 kids, grades two to six in the program on four teams, which compete in the Sandy Andy football league. These teams include the Steelers and Oilers in third/fourth and 49ers and Falcons in fifth/sixth.
The local contingent is run through the Mexico Rec center, but the AYS is totally independent, handling all fundraising and securing sponsors etc. John Volkernick oversees the website at rumfordayf.com.
The cheering teams are for girls in first to fifth grade attending schools in RSU 10. The games are played on Sundays and cheering is done at both home and away games.
“AYF cheering is a great opportunity for young girls,” said Duguay. “It allows them to learn cheering basics, make friends, and be involved in the community. Both our football and cheering teams are very successful throughout the RSU and I really believe it is because of the dedicated volunteers who get kids involved at these young ages.”
Duguay and a friend, Josette, have been helping coach AYF for five years. They were preceded by Linda Burns, the cheering coach at MVHS. The cheering activities done at the youth level, ultimately serves as a feeder system. Josette will coach one
final year for her daughter Abbey's team, the Falcons.
“We essentially got involved for Josette's daughter,” said Duguay. Abbey is entering her final season. “We are hoping a parent or community member is interested in taking it over. We coach cheering at MVMS and want to stay connected to AYF
cheering because it is our feeder program.”
If interested, contact email@example.com.