The Chelsea Pride Youth Football and Cheerleading organization has a new home.
The Chelsea teams have joined the Northeast Junior High Football League which has been in existence for more than 30 years.
The league is made up of teams from southern New Hampshire (Bedford, Derry, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack, Souhegan, Sanborn and Timberlane) and northeastern Massachusetts (Andover, Billerica, Lowell, Tewksbury, and now Chelsea).
Chelsea team president Jack Grigorian (Chelsea High Class of 1996) and vice-president Robert Yee (Chelsea High Class of 1990) said the league’s philosophy of a non-weight limit league for youth football played a major part in the team’s decision to join. They also felt that the league’s commitment to expand, not just with new teams and organizations, but to expand to include two new levels of play fro those going into grades 2 through 6 was another factor in their decision to join.
“We are thrilled to have our third through eighth grader join the Northeast Junior High Football League,” said Yee. “Our football players and cheerleaders look forward to having a new league to call home for many years to come.”
Yee add that the geographical set-up of the league offers Chelsea athlete a unique experience.
“The opportunity to play football and cheer with teams from Massachusetts and New Hampshire will be a tremendous experience for Chelsea Pride,” said Yee. “We look forward to having our kids represent the city this fall.
“It’s a perfect marriage. We look forward to being part of the NJHFL and partnering with others to teach children the value of teamwork, honor, integrity, hard work, sportsmanship, and fun regardless of weight restrictions. Being able to teach life lessons to the youth of Chelsea through football and cheerleading is invaluable. We are excited that Chelsea Pride has a new partner to help us.”