Panama City Beach Youth Leadership Development focuses on academics first and athletes second. Our program incorporates leadership, sportsmanship, and discipline across the board.
We provide mentoring and tutoring year-round to ensure all our youth are successful on and off the field.
Our athletic program begins teaching the fundamentals of football and cheer and once youth hone their skills, they move into a more individualized advanced skill set training.
The Panhandle Youth Football Association better known as the PYFA was established in 1980 led by former Florida Gator Cornell Tinner.
For over 30 years, the football and cheerleading program of the PYFA has grown from just 4 local teams of Walton, Niceville, Shalimar, and Destin to over 50+ teams from Ages 5 to 12 in four different divisions of tackle football and cheer.
As of 2019, the PYFA consists of Panama City Beach, DeFuniak Springs (Walton), Jackson County, Shalimar, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, Holmes County, Vernon, Niceville, Crestview, Lynn Haven, and South Walton County.
The PYFA has two Divisions: the Northern Panhandle Alliance and the Southern Panhandle Alliance. Each Division is made up of six to eight teams. The top four teams from each Division make the Playoffs.
Every program in the PYFA strives to provide the highest level of competition, coaches, players, and facilities while also furnishing the developmental instruction for all athletes in football and cheer.
The Panama City Beach Dolphins Football and Cheer program is one of Bay county's longest-running non-profit organizations providing youth development in tackle football and cheerleading for over 40 years.