The Markham Raiders organization formed in 1987, when North York’s football association approached a group in the Markham area and asked them if they were interested in bringing football to York Region. North York ran their own house league at the time, and welcomed the opportunity to bring Markham into their program.
Originally, all Raiders home games were played out of Brother Andre Catholic High School and their logo and colours were the black and silver of the Oakland Raiders. They played in North York’s House League for a few short seasons before branching off on their own and joining COMFL with teams in the Tyke, Atom, Peewee and Bantam divisions in the early 1990’s. This fall football league was home to the Raiders for almost 25 years for these age groups.
A growing organization
In 2003, the Raiders decided to add a Senior Varsity team to the mix, and their membership in the OVFL began. Junior Varsity followed soon after in 2005, and at that time the Bantam team made the jump to the OVFL from COMFL as well. By 2007 there were enough eager young football players in York Region for Markham to start their own House League program, with 5 Peewee and 4 Atom teams. This was the first introduction to summer football for those age groups. After the summer league finished, these players would try out to play for the Raiders rep team in the COMFL fall league. A few years later, the team decided to join the OMFL in the summer rather than continue with their house league program. In 2013, the Raiders made the move to the OVFL for all age groups in the fall.
– Player Success
- The Markham Raider organization has been the starting point of the football careers of many players who have gone on to play CIS football.
- The most notable alumni is Shamawd Chambers, who started his football career with the Markham before going on to excel in college. He was selected 6th overall in the 2012
- CFL draft by the Edmonton Eskimos and In 2015, he won the Dick Suderman Trophy for the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian in the Eskimos Grey Cup win! He now is a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
– Team Success
- 2009 – The Raiders Tyke team wins the first championship for the Markham organization (COMFL)
- 2012 – Atom Raiders win the COMFL AA crown, beating the heavily favoured North York Grizzlies
- 2013 – Bantam Raiders win the inaugural Fall AA OVFL Championship Community Involvement
– Community Involvement
- Annual Super Saturday in April, an opportunity for experienced and new young football players to come out and try football for the afternoon in a fun environment (BBQ, raffles, giveaways, alumni, etc)
- Inaugural Super Saturday in August in 2015
- Markham and Stouffville Santa Claus Parade participants
- Supporter of the Cornerstone Fit 6-on- 6 Touch Football Tournament