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'Last chance' for players to join Penticton's revived football team

Mavericks in need of more players ahead of first season
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Penticton Minor Football coaches Glen Burlingame (left) and Cord Crowthers

Penticton's newest minor sports club says it needs more players to field a "competitive" team for its upcoming inaugural season.

Organized football has been revived in the South Okanagan, but coaches and staff from the newly-formed Penticton Mavericks are making "one more big push" to recruit players in time for the fall campaign.

Cord Crowthers, the association's visionary and coach, says the team needs roughly six more U12 players to sign up and represent their hometown within the British Columbia Provincial Football Association.

"We are hosting a meet and greet day for parents and kids on Sunday, July 14, at noon at McNicoll Field," said Crowthers, who has been coaching youth football players for 16 years in B.C. and Saskatchewan.

"Kids can try on equipment and do some fun drills and find out more about the game."

Those who attend Sunday's event will also get a first-look at the Mavericks' uniforms, the association said.

The U12 Mavericks, who are expected to start playing this fall, will compete in the Southern Interior Football Conference and battle squads from Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Salmon Arm.

In an announcement from last month, the association said it was hoping to add  U10 and U14 divisions in time for the 2025 season.

Players from across the South Okanagan and Similkameen are encouraged to sign up, they added.



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