Play has started in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League.

The league is celebrating its seventh season. Mark Williment is the superintendent of education for the Northern Lights School Division, he says the competition level continues to increase each year.

“We continue to improve and we’ve had some players move on from high school football to playing junior,” said Williment. “The feedback I get from coaches around the province is that our players are very well-coached. We are very grateful for the work that the coaches have done. They put their heart into the sport and make a difference in the lives of young people.”

The league has expanded over the years. This season, the Ahtahkakoop Titans joined the league, bringing the total amount of teams to eight this year.

Williment says they are open to discussing the possibility of other communities joining the league.

“Certainly, we always have the invitation out there, like Ahtahkakoop, we are willing to support and have them join for jamborees, and develop players, officials and coaches,” said Williment. “If there’s other northern communities or schools that want to participate in the coming season, they can get ahold of us and we can talk about how that will happen.”

Meantime, the season started on Tuesday when the Ahtahkakoop Titans beat the Beauval Voyageurs 32-12.

(PHOTO: A game in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League. Photo courtesy of Northern Saskatchewan Football League, Facebook.)