Who We Are
IRONWILL Mission and Company Vision
Our vision at IRONWILL is two-fold.
We are primarily committed to providing young Canadian athletes with high-performance, top-level football coaching and training to give them the overall skills, fitness and knowledge to realize their full potential and highest excellence on the football field.
Secondly, but no less important, is our vision to provide our athletes with the confidence and unshakeable IRONWILL to achieve their goals and stay competitive both on and off the field.
Here at IRONWILL we believe a genuine victory on the field includes excelling in ones own life off of it.
How IRONWILL FOOTBALL
can help an athlete
We provide positions specific coaching and instruction for all positions.
The camper will improve their football intelligence by understanding the primary roles and responsibilities of all positions and the game.
We teach new football techniques and fundamentals to advanced football skills.
We have phenomenal coaches who currently play or have played at the Junior, University or professional levels.
Our camps foster teamwork, leadership and provide the camper with the confidence needed to take on and overcome challenges on the field and in the rest of their life.
My Son, Grayson, participated in the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Linemen Camp July 27th and 28th, 2019. Grayson enjoyed the camp immensely and was able to take away a number of new skills and techniques that will help him in his football career. He found the absolute focus on the offensive and defensive side of the ball very helpful and engaging. The coaches had a great deal of knowledge and passion and were able to transition this to the athletes in a very effective way. It was very apparent that one of the key fundamentals for the camp was to focus on the athleticism of the linemen not just the size and strength. I know Grayson took away a lot of things from Coach Tim and the entire staff as I am sure all of the athletes did. Thank you to all of the IRONWILL Coaches, we appreciated your time, passion and skill and will be back next year!
When my son saw a sign and decided to join tackle football I was so enthusiastic about it. When it came time to play football we were losing a lot of meaning, terminology and skills on position and footwork. My friend and I decided we needed to give our boys any possible head start we could. When we heard about IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camp it was something we discussed and thought this maybe the edge we need for our boys and the beginning of their second year of tackle foot ball. We learned so much and we'l appreciated being allowed to learn what the boys were learning in the class, and how we ourselves can push the boys to perform and learn better and become an effective team mate. Everything they learned through iron will, will help them in their everyday football career. We will surely be taking the course again as a refresher. Thank you so much for your time and everything.
Christina Harmon, Medicine Hat, AB
Big thank you to Coach Burris and his team! Damon attended his second IRONWILL FOOTBALL Camp this weekend. Smiled all the way home in the car and hasn't stopped talking about it. He is already counting the days until the summer camp. The IronWill coaching team is top notch and is what makes IRONWILL FOOTBALL Camp stand apart from any of the other camps out there. When someone loves what they do, it shows; and the coaching team's energy and passion for the game is absolutely contagious. Not only do they bring a great knowledge of the game, they bring a lot of skill in coaching and connecting with young people. Damon will carry that positive energy from the camp, the skills he was taught, and all the life lessons and messages the coaches have left him with into the upcoming season. What a great way to start a season!
Janine GerrardInnisfail Alberta
Thank you all so much for bringing this wonderful opportunity to our small town. Our athletes rarely get a chance to experience something like this. We had our two sons in your camp in Rocky on June 19&20 and they both loved it. Even though one is 15 and the other is 10, they both learned a lot and felt included. The positive feedback was amazing from your coaches!! The individual instruction and back-to-basics skills training was exceptional. We are looking forward to the next camp guys!! Thanks again for a job well done!
Brent & Penny AllenRocky Mtn. House
I would like to personally thank Coach Burris and his amazing coaching team for a great weekend in Rocky Mountain House. The level of professionalism was exceptional. Our players do not get the chance to experience camps of this sort and we highly recommend this to all ages (8 - 18). We were quite impressed with the ability to coach this age range seamlessly. We will definitely be attending this camp in the future!!!
Mark & Laurel SchwabGrimshaw, Alberta
My son Konner attended the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camp in Lethbridge this weekend and loved it. The coaches were great and took the time to explain if a player was unsure about the directions. We weren't even a block from the field after they were done and Konner was asking if he can go to the next one! Great job coaches!
Tammie unserVauxhall ab
Coming from another province and not knowing what to expect, really had us in jitters...but from the moment we met Coach Burris and his staff to the moment we left...it's an experience my son and of course I, will never forget. All parts of the camp were great, but our favorite part of the camp was the morning conditioning and how the coaches instilled good work ethics in the boys making them work hard...and making them understand that it's not just about the foot'ball' but about being and having good physical and mental strength and ability both off and on the field. We could say many more good things about the camp but it's experiencing it for yourself that counts. This camp really was worth every minute it took us to drive out! We hope to catch an IronWill camp next year and years to come...
We want to thank Tim, Curtis and Deji for the effort and enthusiasm you put into every camp. Our son Duncan comes home tired and inspired. He has attended several football training clinics and Ironwill is by far the most professional and comprehensive. Thanks for your interest in Duncan's personal development on and off the field. We are recommending Ironwill to all his teammates on the Airdrie Storm football team.
Shawn & Christine LittleDidsbury, AB
The Iron Will Camps are undeniably the BEST football camps in Alberta! My son has attended another camp within Alberta and said that nothing can compare to the Iron Will Camp. Iron Will provides high energy, hard work, a ton of learning and a supportive, passionate atmosphere! My son was exhausted at the end of each day but LOVED every minute of it!!! He said that the camp really "lit the fire" for him! He cannot wait to attend more camps!!
"Tim et al, You guys were amazing. I had planned on only registering my older son Gerrit in the Red Deer camp but when my younger son Ryker who also plays watched for a few minutes he wanted to join too. I was totally impressed with the repore you all built with the boys in the short time they spent with you. Gerrit who is going into grade 12 has taken the suggestions you gave him and brought them to his high school coaches. This has empowered him to have some say in his training which in turn has given him additional confidence. Ryker who has always played defense at the Atom level had a chance to learn some receiver skills and loved it, he can't wait to show his Atom coaches his new skillset. The skills you taught the boys went far beyond the football field, the inspiration, motivation, integrity, empowerment, and drive you instilled in them will help to not only be successful on the field but off as well. You guys are what coaching is all about, we will see you in Leduc!"
Tannis DorschtCalgary (Red Deer Camp)
Our son Shon was in the camp last summer. He loved it. He liked the coaches and all the drills that they did. My wife and I were there for all of the two days and we thought the coaches were great. They were very informative and worked very well with the boys. We are planning on enrolling all 3 of our boys in the February camp. Keep up the good work!
Seeing our son interact with kids his age and older is great for encouraging the team spirit. He learned skills that will be very valuable for his game playing and we cant wait to see those skills in his 2010 season.
Stu LonsdaleMillet, AB
It really help me learn the basics that I needed to know and about how to keep in shape.
Tre GeorgeRed Deer
My son Alex who is soon-to-be 13 years old and will be moving up to the Bantam level this coming Fall, attended your Performance Camp this past weekend and I must say he was very pleased with the level of knowledge the coaches had and the only lineman in the camp, received impeccable one-on-one training a lot of the time! The registration process was fabulous and prior to camp I had a few questions and they were responded to very quickly with all my questions answered - thank you Coach Burris! We are huge football fans, our three boys all play for the Foothills Eagles (ATOM, Peewee and Bantam), are Stamps season ticket holders, have attended some Grey Cups, have coached and managed local teams, and must say we were very delighted and satisfied at the hard work the campers experienced and had our son wanting to do better because of the positive feedback and encouragement of your coaching team! Thank you for the great experience for our son and next time, we will have all of our three boys registered!
Tammy HolungaOkotoks, Alberta
Great job Coach Burris. Your guys were excellent and my son enjoyed it very much. Like the team based approach, the pledge and the support between players. You guys really set the tone for this. Made it a much friendlier, engaged environment.
Ian AndersonCalgary AB
Our son Brendan loved the football camp in Rocky.This is his first year in football,and just for him to learn the basics and the awesome exercises that were taught was huge.This is an excellent program that benefits all levels of football players. I would recommend this program for any child in football.Thank You Tim Burris and staff for your encouragement towards Brendan!! Hope to see you guys again.
Dean and Angela WedgeRocky Mountain House
"Tim, you and your staff are awesome. I am very impressed that you can work with such different ages in one camp and they all come out feeling well worked out. You are all so upbeat a positive. It is Great. Dylan was sore after the two days but in a good way. Thanks to you and your staff for all the time you have all put in to make these camps a positive environment for our young men. See you in March 2010"
Carol CireSylvan Lake
"Our son Chase attended a couple of IronWill camps last year, along with other football camps, and of all the camps he has attended he really enjoys the IronWill camps. He likes the fact that the groups are smaller giving them more one on one time, to focus on proper technique, and the ability to ask questions, without feeling rushed through drills. We are very fortunate to have someone like Tim, and his coaching staff, right here in Central Alberta, with all their experience, knowledge, patience, and passion for football. Tim, your kind heart, along with your love for the sport, and our youth, and their willingness to succeed not only on the field, but off the field, is evident. Thank-you so much for all the positive encouragement and one on one coaching you have done with Chase. What a difference you have made! We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming IronWill camps. Angela, Jim Rusaw and Chase MacDonald"
My sons Kyle and Tyler attended the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Camp in Red Deer April 2013.They both really enjoyed themselves. Kyle has played football befroe but Tyler did not. Kyle says that he learned so much with coach Burris he can hardly wait to take what he learned and use it on the field. Tyler tried the position of reciever and loved it. These boys could not think of nothing negative to say about the camp. We are going to attend the camp in Leduc this June. Oh yeh and they wish it was a week long!!!!!
Well Let me start out by saying. What theses Caoches of Ironwill are doing is wonderful. This is something our city needed, Our son Bryce just took the camp at Hunting Hill feb13 & 14th 2010. He was one tired Boy but he did enjoy it very much .. Keep up the great work Ironwill Team You Rock!!!!
Debbie MakiRed Deeer
"I just wanted to take this opportunity to mention how impressed we are with Iron Will. My son Logan has been to a fair amount of camps in our 10 years of football, and he was not only challenged, stimulated and EXHAUSTED, but he came away from camp feeling even more confident, with new friends and a HUGE amount of respect for the entire coaching staff!! THANK YOU IRON WILL, for bringing such a high calibre of football to Central Alberta, it's been long over due and it's greatly appreciated!!!"
Liane SabourinRed Deer, Alberta
My son Carsten has attended two camps, most recently in Red Deer. The enthusiasm & professionalism that the coaches show exceeded our expectations. It is very obvious that they love the game, love teaching players about the game & we were impressed with how much the coaches seem to care about the well-being of the players. Carsten thoroughly enjoyed the camp, learned a lot & will definitely be taking part in other camps in the future.
Ryan & Amber KerschbaumerFairview, Alberta
We have attended IronWill for two years now and your coaches are the best. They give time to these kids. The players learn so much and get some great position training. WOW!!! Thank you so much for your attitudes, motivation and inspiration to make my son the best player he can be.
Bob and Denise BottLeslieville
"Hello Coach Burris and all the other coaches. Just wanted to tell you that our son River had a very good experience at your camp this past Saturday and Sunday. After River showed me a few of the exercises/drills etc. he learned at camp I totally understood why he was so stiff and sore for a couple of days afterwards! But all in all he really liked it and you will most definitely see him at the next one in March. Thanks so much"
Lyn,Theresa and River JonassonRed Deer, Alberta
have been to two camps and they have not only made me grow as a football player but as a person I have learned to never give up until the final whistle and work ethic. At times I thought I couldn't finish the drill but with the motivation and support from the amazing coaches and other players I got better. No matter what teams we play for in football when we are at iron will we are all one and I feel like this camp has made me grow as a person too.
In the words of Kohl "it was an AWESOME camp!" The coaching was fantastic, very knowledgeable, high energy and very positive in their encouragement. He learned so much. I liked the fact that you mixed the levels of players together and that the older players encouraged and mentored the younger ones. It was great to see. We will definitely be going to another Iron Will camp. Thank you!!
Janice Lougheed (Kohl)Peace River, AB
"First and foremost - THANK YOU - to ALL the coaches - much RESPECT to each of you for sure. Second, this was our first time at an IRONWILL Football Camp - but it won't be our last. My son, Elic (11 yrs) had an absolute BLAST at the 2-day camp this weekend. He has been begging to attend this camp, AND the summer camp, since he heard about them. And now that he's completed this one - all he can say is ""PLEASE Mom, let me come to the summer camp""... Lord Love Him <3 And last, but certainly not least - I definitely appreciate the comradery and team spirit that he felt just by being in the class. This is not always easy, especially when coaching big groups, of different aged kids, all at the same time. But you guys handled it, successfully I might add, and all in stride. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! And, as the big Arnold would say - ""We'll be back""...!"
Pamela WalcottMedicine Hat, AB
Great job coaches. Its been some time since I have seen such a well run camp. I had a very tired, yet happy, son at the end of the two days. He left wanting more and some great skills to continue to work on at home.
Troy BulbuckCalgary, AB
I can't say enough about IRONWILL FOOTBALL Camps. The intensity level is set from the moment the camp starts and is carried thru to the end of the camp. The pledge between the players and the coaches has stayed with my son and he is constantly bugging me to show him my Twitter feed to see what Coach Tim is saying. To quote my son " It was the most fun I have ever had running my bag off"
I thought it was awesome that the coaches were on a first name basis with the boys by noon lol! No name tags needed - shows they care and are paying attention. I also liked how they made it fun for the boys - even the grueling cardio was full of encouragement and distracting noises to keep the boys willing to give their all. Another very good point was that those boys who sustained injuries on the first day were still included in the second day doing what they could and observing and listening when they could not participate so they still learned something lol! Thank you so much!
Shawna AndersonWainwright, Alberta
My son Jesse went to the camp in May 8/9 and I was very impressed with how the camp was run. The coaches were absolutely awesome the way they worked with the athletes and encouraged those that maybe were not as fast as some of the others. My son thought the camp was well worth the drive and hard work. He is looking forward to the one in July. I would recommend this camp to any parents who have athletes that want to play football. Hats off to a wonderful program. Well done!!
Tammy Shevalier (Jesse Cooling)Rocky Mtn. House
If you are looking for a high energy, structured, and skilled team of coaches to instruct, teach and motivate your kids...then this is definitely the football camp to join. Not only did my son learn some valuable skills he had an amazing time and is already looking forward to the next camp!!! Thanks to you all for such a great weekend! Michelle and Michael Bilotta
Michelle BilottaOkotoks, Alberta
This camp was the first I had ever attended and it was definitely a great first-time experience. I highly recommend this camp to anyone that would like to progress their skills in football. Not only did I learn new skills and techniques within my position, but also the lesson of hard work and determination will help you both on and off the field. I believe that football is the best team sport in the world. You always have to work as a team, there is never one player that can carry the team you need to work together like a family and this is what I learned from Tim and his coaching staff. To all future participants; take these lessons and use them well in life and you can do anything you put your mind to. I have just finished high school football in Fall of 2012 and soon after I was recruited by the Edmonton Huskies a Junior Team out of the Prairie Junior Football League. Well done IronWill!
Theren ChurchillStettler, Alberta
Who can attend IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camps and programs?
Athletes that want to develop their overall football knowledge and skills should attend. Our programs are geared for preparing athletes for Spring camps, Provincial teams and for the football season.
What happens at the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camps?
Each camp has a series of sessions consisting of conditioning and developing specific positional skills. We also conduct Chalk Talks and provide insight for off-season and in-season training solutions.
Can my daughter attend the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camps?
Yes, your daughter can attend! IRONWILL FOOTBALL welcomes anyone who wants to develop their overall football skills and knowledge of the game.
What items should the participant bring to camp?
It depends on the season! For Indoor Camps: athletic shorts, t-shirt, running shoes and football gloves. Summer Camps: full equipment is required. You can ask your football coach or organization to use their football equipment to participate. Players are required to bring athletic shorts, T-shirt, football cleats, mouth guard and football gloves.
Is my camp T- Shirt mandatory to wear at camp?
Yes, Camp T-Shirts must be worn at all times during camp.
Is there age limitation to attend the football camp?
We welcome all players between the ages of 8- 18 years old.
What happens if a participant gets injured?
There will be at least three coaches that are certified in emergency first aid and CPR. Each participant is covered through private insurance.
How are the campers organized?
Participants will be matched with players in their age group and according to skill level.
What is the camp cancellation policy?
There is a non refundable fee – for cancellations up to one week before the beginning of camp. 65% of registration fees for camps and program is non refundable. There will be NO refund with cancellation within one week of the camp date.
Does IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camps provide skills needed for college football?
All of our coaches have played university level football or higher. The instruction from coaches will prepare and inform the athlete for football at the junior and university level.
Summer Camp Late Pick Up
We understand that there may be circumstances where it is difficult to arrive to pick up your player on time. However, in order to keep your costs low, our staff has a definite “finishing” time and your registration does not cover after-hours care. If you are unable to pick up your child at the Pick Up Time that is explained in your registration package there will be an automatic fee of $20.00 for every five minutes past the Pick Up Time.
How do I register for camps and programs?
On the homepage click the camp poster or the “Register” button. All camp and program registration will take place online.
Lunch and Snacks
IRONWILL Football does not provide lunch or snacks for any of our camp programs (our week-long summer camp program or our weekend specialty camps). Players must bring their own lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Please note: this is a peanut free camp.
Summer Camp Early and Late Drop Off
Parents can sign up for early drop off and late pick up. Early drop off is one hour before the beginning of camp and late pick up is one hour after camp hours. There is a fee for this service.
Camper Drop off and Pick up
Each camper/athlete must sign in and sign out each day of our football camp programs. We cannot allow campers to leave the camp location without written consent and/or unless accompanied by a guardian.
Who coaches at the IRONWILL FOOTBALL Performance Camps?
All of our coaches have played University football or higher and have, at minimum, played junior football. We have assistant coaches who are currently playing junior or university football.
For more information on our head coaches please go to the Coaches page.
Our coaches must have on-file a clear Criminal Background Reference Check prior to coaching.
If your family could use some help enrolling your student athlete in sports programs, such as IRONWILL FOOTBALL, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation can provide financial relief to families whose kids participate in organized sports.
What to bring to camp?
The Required Equipment list depends on the type of camp or program your child is attending.
Indoor programs: shorts, t-shirt, running shoes and football gloves, lunch, water, and snacks.
Summer camps: If the summer camp is scheduled to be full contact camp, a full equipment list will be sent to each family at least 2 weeks before the program starts.
If you do not have personal football equipment (Shoulder pads, Pants, Thigh pads, Girdle, knee pads, mouth guard and helmet, etc) you can ask your football organization if you can use their football equipment to participate.
Please be sure, when using the football organizations equipment, you are supplied with the proper sized equipment, the helmet must be certified that fits correctly and that helmet has air.
If the summer camp is non-contact players will need: shorts, t-shirt, running shoes, cleats and football gloves, hat, sun screen, lunch, snack and water.