Red Deer Trojans player Noah Swanson (No. 15) gets tackled by Stettler Bobcats defenders during Football Day in Red Deer at Great Chief Park Saturday morning. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

WATCH: Getting community involved on Football Day in Red Deer

Hundreds of central Albertans strapped on their helmets and hit the field for Football Day in Red Deer Saturday.

Football players, as young as seven, participated in the annual event from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

“We’re trying to attract new people, but we’re also trying to get the community involved,” said James Donnelly, Football Day committee chair and Red Deer Minor Football spokesperson.

READ MORE: What’s happening during Football Day in Red Deer

This is the first year the event was held at Great Chief Park.

“This is an outstanding facility. It came as part of the winter games. You can’t ask for a better facility than this. It gives us a home to play our games,” Donnelly said.

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