SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Dozens of football campers from Grades 1-9 participated in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL’s annual Raider Football Camp, a four-day instruction hosted by the current SPFHS coaching staff, varsity players, and PAL youth coaches.

The camp teaches young players the fundamentals of football through various drills while instilling sportsmanship and other values to build skill development and personal growth.

Camp director Jon Stack, who is heading into his fifth season as head coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders football team, led the instruction. The program featured football exercises with an emphasis on proper tackling form, blocking, ball security, throwing and catching, kicking and punting and speed-building.

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It was not only a good experience for the campers, but it is something that the coaches and volunteers of the program take pride it.

“We had a good mixture of kids that attended this camp, some of them don’t even play organized football,” suggested Scotch Plains police detective Shawn Johnson, a coach for the freshman team who assisted with the clinic.

“We try to teach lessons that may not necessarily have anything to do with football such as competitiveness, comradery, and achieving goals to build character all while staying in shape.”

The summer football camp has been a popular program in the community over the last 15 years.

“Next year we hope to continue building on the success,” added Johnson.