2010-06-04 / Team Leominster

Respect, leadership and skills

Important qualities to be taught at Anthony Bizzotto’s Elite Football Camp
STORY BY MICHAEL JAMES LECLAIR

Larry and Anthony Bizzotto invite area football players to the Elite Training Football Camp to beheld Monday July 12th through Friday July 16th at Barrett Park, Leominster. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL KNOX, CHAMPION INTERN Larry and Anthony Bizzotto invite area football players to the Elite Training Football Camp to beheld Monday July 12th through Friday July 16th at Barrett Park, Leominster. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL KNOX, CHAMPION INTERN Champions are made in the offseason, this is true in any sport, especially football.

Leominster native and former Blue Devil football standout Anthony Bizzotto invites area football players to the Elite Training Football Camp beginning Monday July 12th and running through Friday July 16th. The camp, which takes place at Barrett Park in Leominster, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

“The camp is not only about football and about training and technique, but also about teaching the kids to do well in school, and that academics come before anything,” said Anthony Bizzotto. “The ideals of respect, good character and leadership will also be covered and emphasized.”

Bizzotto, a 2005 graduate of Leominster High School and a four year starter for the Blue Devils football team is currently in his second season at Fitchburg State College as a member of the Falcons football team.

“I started going to football camps my sophomore year of high school, which was a week long experience. It was my first time away from my parents, so it taught me a lot about the basics of football as well as independence and growing up,” said Bizzotto. “Though this camp isn’t an overnight camp, I hope that it will teach these players a lot of the same ideas.”

The camp is open to players entering the eighth grade, all the way to seniors in high school. All age groups will be educated in elite training regimen, proper nutrition, how to balance academics with athletics, and a preview into the requirements mandated by the NCAA for playing football at the collegiate level.

“The camp is open to eighth graders all the way to seniors, which is good because it allows the younger players to be near the older players and learn from them, and to give them a chance to get to know each other and train with one another,” said Bizzotto. “Then, when the eighth graders get to high school, they will know some of the other players and feel more comfortable.”

Campers will work with staff members who will conduct drills that will improve players’ strength, flexibility, power, speed and agility. Staff will also teach position specific and overall game preparation techniques that will help campers to become players that are role models on and off the field.

Bizzotto’s staff includes local football players and coaches including his father, Larry Bizzotto, a Fitchburg High graduate; 2006 St. Bernard’s graduate Nico Serretto; Leominster High School Assistant Coach Jose Navarro; and Fitchburg State College Assistant Linebacker Coach Steve Marrella.

“Steve and my dad both played at the Division 1 college level. Steve at URI and my dad at Toulane. I am hoping that they will be able to talk to the campers and help to educate them about what it takes to play at that level,” said Anthony Bizzotto. “They will also help to educate them on what it takes to be a student athlete, the time and dedication necessary to make it to the next level.”

The cost of the camp is $100 per person for the full week. For further information and questions about the Elite Training Football Camp, please contact Anthony Bizzotto at (978) 660-1599 or Larry Bizzotto at (508) 517–7623. Registration will be available at Barrett Park beginning June 6th through July 6th.

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