Golden Eagles soccer team makes it to Indigenous Soccer Cup

The Victoria-based Golden Eagles youth soccer met its goal, or close to it, and are in New Mexico for the Indgenious Soccer Cup

With flights paid for and hotel rooms booked, the Golden Eagles soccer club touched down in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday for the 2012 Indigenous Soccer Cup.

Enterprising coach Charlotte Charlie leads the co-ed team, which is made up of players 19-and-under from Alert Bay, Village Island, Saanich, Songhees and Cowichan First Nations.

In recent months Charlie, of Victoria, has championed the team, and what it stands for, in a campaign to fundraise $17,500. That’s the total cost for the Golden Eagles to play in this week’s Indigenous Cup, July 16 to 22. The team came so close; players are left owing between $50 to $70 each for the remaining costs of the hotel and food.

“The team worked hard at fundraising and promoting their goal. We hit walls left, right and centre along the way due to the fact that we are a new team,” Charlie said.

As of last Thursday the team was just $3,250 shy of that goal, when a final fundraiser, a two-day silent auction with lunches and dinners at the Tsawout band office, pulled in an additional $1,340.

A bottle drive on Saturday raised another $614, bring them within $1,500 of the original target.

“The hotels are 90 per cent paid for, and the food is mostly paid for. Now we can focus on playing,” Charlie said.

Charlie uses the team to promote health and wellness among First Nations youth, while encouraging leadership and education. Charlie, a former a student facilitator at Esquimalt High, volunteers her own time to do group or individual tutoring to help the players work  towards college and university.

“I anticipate we’ll make it to the finals. We’re a pretty good team. Teams from B.C. always come away with high expectations, and have won gold there before.”

Because it’s Charlie’s and the team’s first time to the Cup, she brought in a variety of voices to speak about what lies ahead. Some soccer experts spoke of the differing playing styles to expect from Central American teams, while others who have been there before, spoke of what to expect day in and day out.

The Golden Eagles are continuing to fundraise and will continue playing when they return. To donate contact Charlie at 250-217-2416, or char_charlie@hotmail.com.

 

Just Posted

Metchosin Mayor John Rann welcomes new council members

Half of Metchosin council are incumbents

What to pack in an emergency-preparedness kit for earthquakes

Several earthquakes of Vancouver Island’s West Coast have people wondering how to be ready

Rotating Canada Post strikes begin in Victoria

Monday’s mail will be delayed one day due to strike

West Shore RCMP seizes Camp Namegans’ U-Haul truck

Lock and gate damaged at Thetis Lake Campground in View Royal

Multiple earthquakes off Vancouver Island recorded around the world

Five earthquakes overnight on Oct. 21 were measured as ‘strong’

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read