Pro Prep Football Academy : Off-Season Training with the Pros
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Pro Prep Football Academy is the most comprehensive off-season football training program in Manitoba. Led by CFL players Andrew Harris and DJ Lalama as well as top amateur coaches, the Academy focuses on training both on and off the field, giving young football players a chance to achieve their athletic goals and football dreams.
“Our mission is to change the football landscape in Manitoba by growing the next generation of student-athletes.”
– Wade Miller, President & CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Who is this Academy for?
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Pro Prep Football Academy is for football players who want to develop their football skills, knowledge and conditioning in the off-season. Players develop fundamental skills and grow their football IQ while increasing their resilience, discipline and perseverance both on and off the field. Open to Manitoba students ages 14-18, players will be matched in drills by size, skill level and age. The Academy runs January to May 2020.
What makes this program different?
Train with the pros where and how they themselves train. Get ready to take the next step in your football career.
- Two on-field position-specific training sessions per week at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex and IG Field.
- Two position and age-appropriate strength training sessions per week at IG Field.
- Monthly guest speakers focused on leadership, nutrition, training your mind, study habits and preparing for university.
Academy Leadership team:
“This is an academy that focuses on the holistic student-athlete – not just the football player.” – Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Running Back.
“Andrew and I were born and raised in Winnipeg, and so was our affection for the game of football. We want to share our passion with the next generation of young, talented football players in this province.” – DJ Lalama, Montreal Alouettes linebacker
Two on-field training sessions per week & two off-field strength and conditioning sessions per week & monthly speaker series is $99/week, plus GST.
Student athletes with financial challenges can apply for a Pro Prep bursary by completing the below form. Bursaries may cover all or some of the costs. Please email us your questions.
After you register you will be invited to join us on Teamsnap. There you will find the full detailed schedule to add to your calendar. Strength training sessions are Monday and Thursday nights at IG Field from 5:00 – 6:15 pm starting January 20th. On-field sessions will be Saturdays at U of W RecPlex from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Tuesdays after school starting January 21st.
What do Players Need?
In order to participate, players must have the following:
Full equipment, including helmet, shoulder pads, jerseys, lower gear, cleats, and mouthguard. This program is sanctioned by Football Manitoba. Please speak to your community club if you need to borrow equipment.
Completed waiver form signed by a parent or guardian (will be sent to you via email after registration and can be found in Teamsnap).
We are using Ticketmaster to process your Pro Prep Academy registration and monthly payments. To register for Pro Prep please select “1” Pro Prep Academy ticket and click on “Find Seats”. Please add the $1800 Pro Prep ticket to your cart. As part of the checkout process, you will register for a My Blue Bomber Account and select monthly payments (optional) or pay in full. Monthly payments are due on the 5th each month (cheque or credit card accepted). A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration.