Chester County now has a youth travel football team, the Chester County Youth Football Eagles, along with a youth cheer squad for them as well.
The football and cheer teams of fourth and fifth graders, was organized by Doug Williams who also designed this team to be a part of the new Chester County Youth Football League. The league would consist of teams across West Tennessee such as teams from Memphis, Haywood, Lexington, Decatur, Medina and Madison to compete to be champions of West Tennessee youth football.
Each game, whether home or away, will be broadcasted on Youtube live.
Williams put this league together in order to improve the experiences of football players and fans in Chester County.
“I’m trying to give them the full football experience,” he said. “I want to get it back to how it used to be for Chester County. I’m here to bring football back to Chester County.”
The goal is that the youth can not only find out if they like football before junior high football but also have high-quality football experience before they start playing for school.
“Every youth program in West Tennessee is working with me to help build CC football,” he said. “We are trying to get it to where kids are learning football instead of just playing football.
Williams serves as the CCYFL Commissioner. Other members of the Chester County community working to make this happen include CCYFL board members: CCHS Football Coach Steve Robinson, CCJHS Football Coach Chad Hanna, CCHS Cheerleading Coach Starla Teague and Chester County Deputy Dusty Walker.
The head coach of the football team is Justin Moody.
Teague is excited for this because youth will be introduced to cheerleading earlier and her high school junior, and senior captains will be coaching the youth cheerleaders. She mentioned how this is special for the youth cheerleaders because they look up to the high school cheerleaders as they aspire to be them one day.
“I’m excited to give them [youth cheerleaders] that experience that will help get them to the next level,” she said. “I’m super excited for my high school girls to have a good leadership experience.
The first youth football game is this weekend, Sept. 14, at 12 p.m. against Lexington Titans at home. Each home game will be played on the CCHS football field.
The first big youth cheer performance will be Aug. 26 during halftime when the Harlem Wizards play at Chester County Middle School.