Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Virginia Union still has about two months until preseason camp opens, but the Panthers are already hard at work. Saturday found head coach Michael Bailey, his staff and several players taking time out of their schedules to pass some skills and lessons onto some younger football players.
Bailey holding his second annual youth football camp for football players ages 8-14. The camp lasted from 9:00 am- 3:30 pm at Hovey Field and gave campers the chance to learn fundamentals and skills from collegiate level players and coaches. The players split up into teams and played a flag football game to end the camp, with the Panther coaching staff splitting up as coaches among the two teams. Bailey says that he and his staff are trying to get the players to understand that it's OK to make a mistake, as long as they learn from it and correct it, and that can apply on and off the football field.
The head coach hopes his camp will catch on, as it has already started to. Bailey says that several campers are back from last season, but 80 percent of this year's participants are new. He hopes he can keep the camp an annual summer event and reach more players in the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties.