Prince Rupert Football Club looking ahead to first tournament

With spring in the air the sports scene shifts from the ice to the grass with soccer, golf and softball getting underway.

With spring in the air the sports scene shifts from the ice to the grass with soccer, golf and softball among the activities getting underway.

One of the first major events of the year will take place on June 1, 2 and 3 as the Prince Rupert Football Club invite players from around the region to town for a tournament. The team is hoping to have 20 teams – 16 men’s teams, six women’s teams and four youth teams – competing at Patullo Field, Roosevelt and Charles Hays fields. The tournament typically takes place in Port Edward during Seafest, but team co-founder Vern Barker says the decision was made to move it up to bring economic benefit to the community outside of the busy Seafest weekend.

“We want to give back to the community, because if it were not for the community there would be no Prince Rupert Football Club,” said Barker, adding that the team is willing to help out with work around town for a donation.

The club is hoping to have registrations received by the Tuesday before the tournament so that the draws can be done up in time for the Friday kick off.

Last year was the inaugural season for the team, which was made up of players ranging in age from 16 to 52, and it was quite a successful one. The PRFC finished first in two tournaments, including going undefeated in their first competition and winning the Seafest tournament at home, finished second twice and finished third twice.

Right now the team is working to raise funds for new soccer nets, which would be placed at the field at Roosevelt so there is another location for games and practices in the community.