The Orléans Bengals was established in 1973 providing recreational opportunities to youth in Orléans. The club has more than 250 participants, ranging in age from 8 to 17, offering cheerleading, girls touch football, flag football, and five different age groups of competitive tackle football.
While the club has won many championships and other accolades, our “Be A Bengal Not A Bully” program won the prestigious Royal Ottawa Inspiration Award in the Community Category (2012).
Since 2008, Bengal players, coaches, parents and managers have been united in their fight against bullying both on and off the field. This work is a true inspiration to us and all of those who are touched by the Be a Bengal, Not a Bully program. This youth-led initiative brought the anti-bullying message to an ideal place for maximum impact – the football field.
Vision / Mandate Statement
The mandate of the Orléans Bengals is to provide a competitive recreational program for children and youth through the medium of Canadian football, while promoting and encouraging good sportsmanship and fellowship among all participants at a cost that is attainable to all members of our diverse socioeconomic community.
The mission of the Orléans Bengals is that through the teaching and coaching of amateur football and its related skills, that we are able to assist in the betterment of our community's children and youths' physical, mental, and social well-being.
The Orléans Bengals are able to fulfill this vision by containing our operational costs and providing quality programs to over three hundred children and youth in our community. The benefits of higher self-esteem, community and team pride, and sense of belonging that our participants receive through our programs extends well beyond the football field into all areas of our community.
Typical Activities, Services or Programs
The Bengals are members of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) and field tackle teams at all the available NCAFA levels. 30 youth participate annually in the Tyke program (youth aged 8-9). 36 youth participate annually in the Mosquito program (youth aged 10-11). 36 youth participate annually in the Pee Wee program (youth aged 12-13). 36 youth participate in the Bantam program annually (youth aged 14-15). 45 youth participate in the Midget program annually (youth aged 16-17).
Our cheerleading program runs concurrently with the tackle programs and is offered to youth aged 7-14.
The Bengals Girls Touch Football program runs annually each spring.
The Bengals run winter fitness and skills camps annually. These programs offer specialized football drills and skills for Bengals players to work on in the off-season as well as keeps them active over the winter months.