New England AYF is dedicated to teaching youth through positive role models. Emphasis is on learning, playing, and enjoying the sport of football and cheerleading while instilling high moral standards by stressing the importance of academic achievement an

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So, you want to start a youth football and cheerleading program in your community. There are many things to consider and you will need some help in doing it. The fact that you are reading this means that you have shown an interest, which is the first step.

The next step is to find people who share your interest and are anxious to give the community and its children a football  and cheer program. You will want to call a meeting of these people and begin to lay groundwork. This will be your exploratory committee and, from this, you will assign other committees to take on various jobs.

Surveying your community is a very important step. You will want to know how many kids are available for your program. Is there enough interest? Regarding parents: are they interested? You may find a lot of volunteers from this parent pool. Once this survey is complete, and you are satisfied that there is sufficient interest from kids and parents, then you move on to the next step.

Form a Board of Directors and various committees to take on building your organization. We have furnished a checklist of things to do and projects to be completed. Some important committees you should consider: Finance, Public and Media Relations, Fund-Raising, Coach Selection, Playing Fields and Facilities, Equipment Purchase, Care and Storage, Recruitment of Players and Cheerleaders, Meeting Facilities and so on.

Our staff will help you in every facet of establishing your organization. We are here to help and guide you. We also want your program to succeed and be available to every boy and girl possible in your community. Keep these in mind as you build your program.

Click here for an overview of the Benefits of becoming a member of American Youth Football & Cheer.

Keep in touch with your questions. Good luck and Welcome!