Fratmen Partner With EJ Lajeunesse

Mike-Morencie

The owner of the Fratmen, Mike Morencie, explained the coming together of the football club and the opportunity to play at EJ Lajeunesse for the up-coming season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – In what is expected to be a win-win partnership, Fratmen Football Club owner Mike Morencie and Lajeunesse High School principal Tom Couvillon announced today the school will be the new venue for the team in the up-coming season. Couvillon learned of the Fratmen’s displeasure with the facilities at Windsor Stadium, and was able to arrange for the team to play their home games at Lajeunesse.

“We’ve gone from the bottom end facilities to high end facilities, and that makes us real excited,” Morencie said. “They’ve (Lajeunesse) been tremendous and opened up their doors to us and allowed us to come in.”

Tom-Couvillon

Tom Couvillon, the principal at Lajeunesse, overheard a conversation at a sporting goods store and got the ball rolling on providing a new home for Fratmen Football.

This area’s Director of Education for the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, Joe Picard, said the partnership between the Fratmen and Lajeunesse will benefit both organizations beyond the on-field aspects. Citing examples of coaching clinics, use of equipment, and field improvements, Picard also described the benefits to other school groups like the media classes and audio-visual students who would be exposed to real life situations and learning experiences.

Joe-Picard

Citing a win-win partnership between EJ Lajeunesse and the Fratmen, the Director of Education, Joe Picard, is fully in support of the initiative and is looking forward to the non-football benefits for the high school students.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“It’s been a nightmare the last four years off the field,” Morencie explained. “As much success we’ve had on the field, we’ve had no success off the field. And I think it’s hurt our fan-base. I finally feel that we’re in control of our situation.”

And none too soon as the Fratmen training camp opens July 20th, and will be held at Lajeunesse.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata