DERRY — The Wolverine Youth Football Association and the Derry Demons announced the formation of a joint partnership.
Both organizations agree the greater Derry community can be better served by providing aligned football and cheer programs that do not overlap. The programs serve youth athletes from kindergarten to grade 8.
The two organizations can now work cooperatively on an educational and developmental structure for youth football and cheer. That includes, but is not limited to, basic required skills, teaching methodologies, coach education and certification, and other minimum basic requirements to ensure proper and positive progression of youth athletes.
That begins with the Demons, steps up to the Wolverines, and ultimately to the Pinkerton Academy Astros.
The organizations will look at operational redundancy and look for opportunities to integrate certain activities while protecting and preserving the respective bylaws and governance structures.
As always, both organizations will continue their respective efforts to stress and provide social development and academic excellence.
Officials in both organizations realize the challenges ahead, but are committed to achieving the end result they believe is right for their athletes.
Comments and suggestions from members are welcome.
A joint meeting of the two organizations has been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 at the Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Officials will share and discuss in more detail the terms of the agreement and open the meeting up to general discussion.