Over-40 men’s soccer recruiting

First practice on Aug. 9

Grab a pair of shin pads and lace up your cleats, because the Sooke men’s over-40 soccer team is recruiting players.

Player and manager Glenn Ramsay has been with the club since its inception in 1989, and said they have recently been struggling for players for the first time.

“We had a list last year of 24, and we had nine show up.”

The team plays home games Wednesday nights at Edward Milne Secondary School field, and away games on Saturdays or Sundays in either Victoria or Duncan, where there is no shortage of competition.

“There are 50 over-40 teams in the lower Island,” he said.

Traditionally, a lot of the players have been fathers of kids in youth soccer but Ramsay said everybody is welcome and players need not worry about experience.

“If they want to get some exercise, sure, we’ll teach them how to play soccer.”

The first practice is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Edward Milne, and regular practice is every following Tuesday. Ramsay encourages anyone who’s considering joining to “come down and meet the fellas.”

Players need shorts, shin pads and a pair of soccer cleats, but for the first night it’s ok if you just swing by with some runners to check it out. Once on the team, all members will get their own uniform.

To join just show up to the first practice, or if you have any questions give Glenn a call at 250-642-3478.

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