Football Canada

Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football. It is Canada's representative member of the International Federation of American Football, the world's governing body for American football, although it focuses on the Canadian form of the game. Football Canada is headquartered in Ontario; the organization now known as Football Canada was founded on June 12, 1880 as the Canadian Rugby Football Union, revived on February 7, 1884 and re-organized as the Canadian Rugby Union on December 19, 1891. The CRU was founded to govern a sport which at the time had rules similar to the rugby football being played in the United Kingdom. In 1909, Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to the CRU to be awarded for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada; this trophy became known as the Grey Cup. By this time however, the rules being played in Canada were vastly different from the rules used in countries that were part of the International Rugby Board. In the years that followed, the CRU made numerous rule changes that resulted in a game reasonably similar to the American one, but unrecognizable to a rugby union enthusiast.

Despite the divergence, the sport continued to be referred to as rugby for many years, the CRU did not change its name despite the obvious confusion. By the 1940s, another development was to cause further changes to the CRU's mandate, it was now clear that two of its member leagues, the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in eastern Canada and the Western Interprovincial Football Union in the West were far more competitive than other circuits. By the 1950s, the two major unions had become professional, in 1956 formed the Canadian Football Council as an umbrella organization. In 1958, the CFC seceded from the CRU and became the Canadian Football League, which assumed control of the Grey Cup; as an organization with no direct jurisdiction over the professional clubs and having become a distinct sport from rugby union by this time, the CRU changed its name to the Canadian Amateur Football Association in 1967. The CAFA changed its name again, to Football Canada in 1986. In French, its name had long been Football Canada.

As of 2005 Football Canada is responsible for running amateur football in Canada, including the national amateur football championships. It is trying to foster closer working relationships with both the CFL and the National Football League. British Columbia Provincial Football Association Football Alberta Football Saskatchewan Football Manitoba Ontario Football Alliance Football Quebec Football New Brunswick Football Prince Edward Island Football Newfoundland and Labrador Football Nova Scotia Football Canada Cup Flag Football National Championships 6 Nations Challenge Women's Challenge Cup Men's Junior National Team Senior Flag Football National TeamWomen's Women's National Team Senior Flag Football National TeamFormer National Teams Senior National Men's Team First played in 2014, the annual International Bowl series is a collaboration between Football Canada and USA Football featuring a series of exhibition games between the rival football nations in Texas in January and February; the event built on the previous International Bowl format of Team Team World.

Canada's under-18 team for the International Bowl is selected from the top players and coaches at the prior summer's Football Canada Cup. Football Canada offers coaches training through the National Coaching Certification Program for flag and tackle football. NCCP Streams Community Sport Competition-Introduction Competition-Development As part of its NCCP program, Football Canada's Safe Contact module teaches Safe Contact Tackling and Blocking as well as concussion education. In 2014, the organization partnered with the Canadian Football League to further refine the program; these are the CRU champions before the dedication of the Grey Cup. 1892 – Osgoode Hall defeated Montreal 1893 – Queen's University defeated Montreal 1894 – Ottawa University defeated Queen's University 1895 – Toronto University defeated Montreal 1896 – Ottawa University defeated Toronto University 1897 – Ottawa University defeated Hamilton 1898 – Ottawa defeated Toronto University, Ottawa defeated Ottawa University 1899 – No game.

1900 – Ottawa defeated Brockville 1901 – Ottawa University defeated Argonauts 1902 – Ottawa defeated Ottawa University 1903 – No game. 1904 – No game. 1905 – Toronto University defeated Ottawa 1906 – Hamilton defeated McGill University 1907 – Montreal defeated Peterborough 1908 – Hamilton defeated Toronto University The 1909 game was the first game for the Grey Cup. See the article'List of Grey Cup champions' for the complete Grey Cup listing. Source: Ottawa Citizen, November 28, 1910, page 8. Canadian Football U Sports football U Sports Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Canadian Junior Football League Quebec Junior Football League Rugby Canada Canadian Football League Comparison of Canadian and American football Official website

Greg Edwards (DJ)

Greg Edwards is a radio broadcaster and DJ. He is well known as the founder of Capital Radio's'Soul Spectrum' programme and for the promotion of PIR records and associated artists when it was formed in 1971. Edwards was born in Grenada and raised in New York City although he moved to the UK in 1971 in order to assist in the running of the newly formed Philadelphia International record label, founded by writer-producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, he worked as an Executive at CBS records during this time, where he was responsible for the marketing and promotion of soul music, with acts such Earth and Fire, Lou Rawls and Johnny Nash. Whilst still working for CBS, Edwards was approached by BBC radio producer Dave Price to stand in for the Emperor Rosko radio show in 1972.. It is here that Edward's radio career began, working for BBC Radio 1 on the Saturday noon – 3 pm slot, it was Edwards' intention to promote soul and jazz music which had little UK airplay at that time. He presented three editions of the long-running music show Top of the Pops, during March and April 1974.

However, he decided to leave the BBC and work for the new Independent Radio Station set up in October 1973, called Capital Radio. It was at Capital Radio that Edwards worked alongside DJs such as the late Kenny Everett, Dave Cash and Chris Tarrant. Edwards was well known for promoting record labels on his station, he once said, "Buy anything, issued on the Prelude label". The station issued a'soul spectrum playlist' each Saturday, available from the station, located in Euston Tower, London. From the late 1970s through to the early 1980s, Edwards was one of a rotation of DJs to present Capital Radio’s “Best Disco in Town”, each Friday night, from the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand, London; the event was broadcast live, from 11 pm to midnight. He has been a guest DJ at the Caister Soul Weekender events held twice each year. Edwards works as a DJ, he has a show on internet station "Mi Soul" on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm, called'Soul Spectrum'. He has lived in Hampshire since 1995, his hobbies include gardening, architecture and ten-pin bowling.

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Simon Stead

Simon Trevor Stead is a British speedway team manager and former rider. Born in Sheffield, Stead started his career at local track Sheffield Tigers before riding for Buxton Hitmen, Peterborough Panthers and Workington Comets. Stead signed for Belle Vue Aces prior to the start of the 2005 season and had three seasons with the club. In those three seasons he progressed from a reserve to a heat leader. For the 2008 season Stead joined the Coventry Bees on loan. In 2009 he signed a contract, he re-signed with Sheffield Tigers in 2013 with the option of doubling up with King's Lynn Stars, his season was cut short by a broken leg sustained while practising in June, signed for Sheffield Tigers again in 2014 doubling up with Leicester Lions. Stead was British Under-21 Champion three times in the years 2001/2002 and 2003 and won the 2006 Elite League Pairs Champion along with teammate Jason Crump, he won the Premier League Pairs Championship with Carl Stonehewer in 2003. Stead was given the wildcard spot for the 2006 British Speedway Grand Prix and scored 3 points from 5 rides.

He was chosen to represent Great Britain in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Speedway World Cup. In 2017, Stead moved in to team management, won the SGB Championship with Sheffield Tigers. In 2018 he took on the team manager role for both Leicester Lions. In September 2019 he was appointed as joint team manager of the Great Britain speedway team. List of Speedway Grand Prix riders Official website