Football folds over lack of support

Low registration and volunteer support results in minor football association disbanding

Penticton Minor Football Association has disbanded.

Former PMFA secretary/registrar Lorraine Sopow confirmed the fate of the association, which suspended play in 2013 due to low registration.

“Trent (Lennox, who was to take on coaching duties) had to move and therefore we really have nobody to step in that will do it,” said Sopow, who could no longer dedicate more time as a volunteer to help keep the association going.

Along with low registration, the association had problems attracting enough volunteers.

While the association never had teams advance to provincials, in 2010, the bantam Cougars made the playoffs in the Southern Interior Division. The association had a core group of players that started at age 11 until they reached 18. One player who reached a high level is Justin Gabriel, who plays for the Okanagan Sun.

“We had a great group of players and parents that took the association through those years,” said Sopow, adding that any kids in the area interested in playing should contact the Kelowna Minor Football Association.

PMFA gave their equipment to the KMFA, but Sopow said if someone wanted to try and get football going in Penticton again equipment is available.

Lennox could not be reached for comment.



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