P.A.C.E soccer players in action. (Randy Humble/P.A.C.E soccer club)

New P.A.C.E. soccer club shoots for players

Sidney club seeks youth and senior players

New Sidney soccer club, P.A.C.E Football Club, is looking for youth and adult players for their teams.

Set up by longtime community coach Harj Nandhra, P.A.C.E describes itself as “a friendly, accessible club, open to all.”

Although newly created, the club say 70 youngsters signed up in their first week, allowing them to run a number of competitive junior teams for boys and girls, from U6 upwards.

Nandhra says his vision is for a true community club where no one is excluded from “the beautiful game.”

All coaches are volunteers, many of whom have kids playing in the junior teams.

“We’re looking to introduce people and to grow the game. It’s one of the most accessible games in the world, all you need are cleats and a ball, sometimes not even that,” he explains.

Nandhra says by securing sponsorships with local people, who volunteer their time, money and expertise, the club is able to offer training at cost. The Town of Sidney has also stepped up, offering access to Iroquois Field for practices. Nandhra says it is “unacceptable” for people to be denied access to the game because of financial pressures and says players only need to pay for their kit and insurance fees. He adds that anyone unable to pay those costs should contact the club as he will cover the costs, so no one is left out.

ALSO READ: Peninsula the launching pad for explosion of women’s sporting talent

Juniors train on Thursday evenings at 5:15 p.m. and adults play on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

One of the club’s representatives, Caitlyn Addlestone says of Nandhra, “He has gained a world of knowledge and skills, his mission is to make the game accessible to everyone in the community.”

P.A.C.E stands for Passion, Attitude, Commitment and Energy. The teams play in white jerseys and black shorts, and are known as the Wolfpack.

Currently, players compete in intra-squad small-side games against each other, but they hope to expand into regular September to March seasons, with adults playing 11-a-side. The club plans to operate year-round.

RELATED: North Saanich soccer sensation takes game to next level in Iceland

In keeping with soccer’s reputation as the global game, P.A.C.E encourages people of all skill and fitness levels to sign up.

“The focus is for everyone to be included and able to play,” says Addlestone. “My three children had a great time, it should be a positive year.”

Practice happens at Sidney’s Iroquois Field. Adult registration times will be posted shortly. For more information visit pacesocceracademy.com.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Police identify man found dead in Saanich, seek his backpack and shoes

Investigators seek shoes, backpack that Andrew Michael Sidor was seen wearing

Protester threatens citizen’s arrest at federal government event in Oak Bay

Police escort protester away after confronting federal minister

Uplands neighbourhood designated a national historic site

Feds make $4.3 million announcement in Oak Bay

Oak Bay police arrest one of two suspects after resident held at gunpoint

Police expect second arrest ‘in the very near future’ after armed robbery

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Telus customers enraged as outage hits fifth day

Telus.net has been down since Aug. 15

B.C. log export rules killing us, northwest harvester says

NorthPac Forestry says Skeena Sawmills has plenty of timber

Most Read