Peninsula peewee football club at risk

Not enough kids have signed up for Wildcat football, meaning the club could shut down for the year

Peewee punters on the Peninsula could get the boot if more kids don’t sign up for Wildcats football.

With the March 10 registration deadline looming, the local youth football club is short a few bodies in one division.

“Where we are lacking numbers is at the peewee level,” said Cathie Ounsted, a co-ordinator with Wildcat football. “We have three-quarters of a team fielded.”

Kids born in 1998 and 1999 fall into the peewee division. Without enough to field a team, the Peninsula would drop that division for the season, forcing the young athletes already registered to play with clubs off the Peninsula.

“All the gear is provided in the registration fee,” Ounsted said. “The only thing they need is their own cleats.”

Registration is $225 and there are options for funding through KidSport. Even transportation can be provided, Ounsted said.

Ounsted is a proponent of the sport as a self-esteem builder in youth.

“A lot of them come in with no experience and they come to learn they can be strong and capable,” she said.

The Wildcats play out of the fields at Greenglade Community Centre in North Saanich.

Those interested in registering for Wildcats football at any level can call Ounsted at 250-544-0622. Deadline is Saturday, March 10.