You don’t have to be an expert, but you do have to be willing to have fun and meet new friends.
Shuswap Women’s Recreational Soccer Association is gearing up for its eighth season – and you’re invited.
Women 19 and older – or 18 but turning 19 this year – will be hitting the pitch on Thursday evenings beginning April 23.
The enthusiasm of association president and founder Edie Lowes hasn’t waned since 2007, when the association was formed.
“It’s great, it’s very supportive,” she says of the league, noting the word ‘recreational’ is in its name for a reason.
“We really like to keep that focus – recreational. Everybody has to get up and go to work in the morning.”
She says team reps are great at nicely bringing the focus back to fun if the odd player tends to get too competitive.
That’s not to say that players don’t play hard, but it’s not about winning at all costs.
Players are supportive of one another; it’s not unusual to see the more experienced players helping out newbies and it’s not unheard of to see a player from one team coaching a player on another team.
And there are, of course, great fitness and health benefits.
Generally about 90 women, ranging from beginner to expert, sign up for the league, which runs from April to early July.
Along with getting to know people on their own team and on others, Lowes points out it’s also a great place to bond with women you already know.
“It’s a chance for family members to spend time together – sisters, cousins, moms and daughters… people who work together – it’s another way to add a bit more bonding.”
Lowes’ oldest daughter will be joining her this season; in previous seasons it’s been her youngest daughter.
She says several family pairs are on the roster this season, as well as names of players new to the league.
There’s still time to register if you do it soon, as the SWRSA board would like to have six teams playing this season.
Go to http://www.swrsa.net/ for more information.