ELLSWORTH — Youth football may become a reality here later this year.
With Duane Crawford of Lamoine as a facilitator, a group of enthusiasts is moving steadily toward the formation of the Ellsworth Football League.
Crawford was involved in the formation of the Acadian Football League on Mount Desert Island back in 2001, and has learned through experience “what works and what doesn’t” in such an effort.
The group will meet again Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the health room (Room 116) at Ellsworth High School and persons willing to serve as community representatives, board members and volunteers are especially invited to attend.
The initial goal is to form three teams — for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8.
Looking ahead, the intent is to carry it to the next step with a club level program for high school age players, and eventually, a high school varsity program, he said.
The Ellsworth league will seek nonprofit status, said Crawford, and soon will begin fundraising.
The program will require an initial investment of about $25,000, he said, with most of that going for uniforms and equipment.
The funds also would cover insurance, the cost of game officials and other expenses.
The group has a tentative agreement for use of the athletic field located behind the Family Bible Church on the Bar Harbor Road, said Crawford.
That includes someone willing to step forward as president, along with representatives of outlying communities — Lamoine, Hancock, Surry, Waltham, Sullivan, Otis as well as other towns included in Regional School Unit 24 that wish to be involved.