LHS “Camp of Champions” teaching lessons

A group of campers huddle up during the London High School “Camp of Champions” football camp Wednesday at the high school.

London head football coach Kyle Cutler demonstrates the proper way to catch a punt during the “Camp of Champions” Wednesday morning at the high school.

Kyle Cutler was running pass routes one minute, showing proper blocking techniques the next and doing push-ups a few minutes later.

The London High School football coach was doing it all with a wide smile on his face as he and his Red Raiders coaches hosted the school’s annual “Camp of Champions” Wednesday morning on the London High School practice football field.

Cutler knows the lifeblood of a successful high school football program is having a strong youth football presence and he hopes the increased number of athletes at the camp has this summer (50-60 weeks) is a step in the right direction.

“It means we’re moving in the right direction for this program,” Cutler, who’s in his second year as the head coach of the Raiders, said. “For us it’s an opportunity to give back, I’m just thankful and privileged we can literally make a difference and make a kid’s week better in the summer.”

In addition to the London High School coaches, the camp is also staffed by the Red Raiders varsity players helping the campers who are entering second through eighth grades through drills all week long. Teaching and encouraging players who will ultimately be in the stands on Friday nights.

“That’s a big goal for our program, we talk about being a man all the time,” Cutler said. “Being a man for us means giving back to the community, being a positive role and helping one another in need.

“That’s what makes a community like London special, you can know everyone and if you truly help one another you can achieve big things. For us we’re trying to teach life lessons to our players, we can be role models and if a kid makes a connection at camp he can take that with him, knowing these are the guys that are going to be on the varsity field in the fall.”

This is Cutler’s second camp at London and he believes if he does his job as the head coach on the varsity level, the number of athletes showing up at his summer camp will continue to increase.

“Numbers are something we definitely want to see increase,” he said. “That’s something good to see, there’s some excitement in the community about London football. The kids are active and have got good parents and come from good families. It gives us hope for the future, but we need to take care of things upfront, if we can have success as a program that will bring out more kids.”

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.