March 11, 2014

REDBLACKS to hold first mini-camp in Virginia

OTTAWA – The Ottawa REDBLACKS of the Canadian Football League will be holding the franchise’s inaugural pre-season mini-camp in Richmond, Virginia from April 8 to 10.

Many of the players on the team’s roster will assemble at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center to participate in drills and work out under the supervision of head coach Rick Campbell and the REDBLACKS football operations staff.

“After looking at numerous options for mini-camp, we feel that the facilities in Richmond are going to provide the REDBLACKS with the best working environment for our inaugural team function.  These first-class facilities will allow the players, coaches, personnel and support staff to work together to maximize our mini-camp experience,” said REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins.

“Our spring mini-camp is a huge step in our process of becoming a football team. It will be a special event for all involved to see our team hit the field for the first time.  We truly appreciate the excitement shown for the REDBLACKS by the fans in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.  The players and coaches can’t wait to take the field,” said head coach Rick Campbell.

The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, which opened in 2013, serves as a full-service health and rehabilitation centre.  In addition, community and other sporting events are hosted year round.

“Richmond is thrilled to welcome the Canadian Football League to Virginia,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The training facility we’ve established is state-of-the- art and we expect to continue to generate great interest in our facility and usage for many years to come. The Ottawa team could not have made a better choice for their pre-season mini-camp.”

The REDBLACKS will practice from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 10 at the facility, located at 2401 W. Leigh Street in Richmond.

By: Barre Campbell