Notre Dame Football


Closely tied to the history of the school, Notre Dame’s football program is respected province-wide. We compete at the highest level (AAA) despite having the lowest enrollment  in this category. No athletic team in the province has won more championships (14) than the Notre Dame football program. Strong coaching, administrative and staff support, parental involvement and outstanding school spirit have been the driving forces behind this success.


Notre Dame football annually attracts over 100 participants spread over three teams- Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Home games are now played on our beautiful new artificial turf facility. Having an on-campus practice and game field is bound to produce great dividends as the program continues to be among the province’s best.


Notre Dame football grads are annually among the most highly recruited by college coaches throughout the country. Players are required to meet rigorous academic standards in order to qualify for university scholarships.


Several graduates of the program have distinguished themselves at the professional level. Among these is Lui Passaglia, a grad of ‘72, who played 25 seasons for the B.C. Lions and is the all-time scoring leader in the history of pro football!


The football season begins in the spring with a two-week training camp and picks up again in the last two weeks of August with a pre-season camp. The regular season  runs through the first week in November with the playoffs extending the season until the first week of December.


For additional information about the program, contact the head coach Denis Kelly- dkelly@ndrs.org  We look forward to continuing the great legacy of Juggler football!

Student Testimonial

The Notre Dame football team, coached by Mr. Kelly and Mr. Liberman, is a fantastic way to be a part of the Notre Dame community during the autumn season. This team is a terrific way to try something new while also making friends from other classes. The group possesses a diversified collection of skills in a variety of areas. Growing together as a team and relying on one another During your high school years, this is a terrific opportunity to try something new, meet new people, and make lifelong experiences. With one game per week leading up to finals and possibly provincials, it's a terrific squad to be a part of. Now is the time to join the Notre Dame football squad and join the juggling community.

- Anthony Amenta Grad' 22

"ND Football is the largest participatory sport in the school.  With over 100 student-athletes on three levels of teams.  Football is a valuable physical and social entity entwined within the school.  The program has had many successful seasons, most recently with our grade 8 championship teams of 2012, 2016, 2017 and 14  varsity titles overall.  The coaching staff, under the leadership of 2017 BC High School Football Hall of Fame Inductee Mr. Denis Kelly, continually ranks at the top in BC high school football.  Players enjoy a lifetime of friendship and memories"  

Ante Milanovic-Litre (2018 Grey Cup Champion)

Proud Football Alumnus currently playing in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders