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There's some great news for residents of Bishop's Falls in this week's sports section. Harold Rideout, Tony Power, and I'm sure a few more are trying to get a men's 16-and-over soccer team on the go in the community. Ideally, there would be a full blown men's league in Bishop's Falls, but hey, one step at a time. Being born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, I'm not too familiar with the sport's history in Bishop's Falls, but apparently soccer had quite a following not that long ago.

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There's some great news for residents of Bishop's Falls in this week's sports section.

Harold Rideout, Tony Power, and I'm sure a few more are trying to get a men's 16-and-over soccer team on the go in the community. Ideally, there would be a full blown men's league in Bishop's Falls, but hey, one step at a time.

Being born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, I'm not too familiar with the sport's history in Bishop's Falls, but apparently soccer had quite a following not that long ago.

Whether the interest is there these days or not remains to be seen, but regardless, this is the first step in the right direction towards something that has the potential to be a huge benefit to both youth and older soccer-enthusiasts in the area.

Kudos to everybody involved for at least getting the idea out there. Even if it doesn't take off, at least they gave it the old college try and really, without that sort of initiative, the opportunity for our local athletics would never grow.

It's this type of up-and-at-'em attitude that makes these people a great asset to not only our community, but also the entire region. No matter where you look - whether it be the O'Grady family's rejuvenation of soccer in the area or the efforts of Wes Trainor years ago - without the right people starting things off on the right foot, our sports community could have taken on a drastically different form and presumably, not a very good one.

In a paradoxically hypocritical fashion, one of my biggest gripes is the griping of other people (anyone who reads this column regularly could tell you I'm practically making a career out of it!). To be more specific, griping about boredom is what really irks me.

Opportunities like this for our local athletes don't exactly come along every week and it's up to you to ensure ideas like the one from Harold Rideout and Tony Power are viable ones for years to come.

So, here's an idea - if there's any sport or activity that you enjoy and don't feel has a strong enough following in the Exploits Valley, let's do something about it. Make some calls and gauge some interest, because you never know who else out there might feel the same way - or at least might be curious enough to check it out. What's the worst that can happen? You've really got nothing to lose.

If there's any response or if you're serious about trying to get something off the ground and just looking to get the word out there, give me a shout. I'll put it in the Athletic Notes.

And if there's anyone interested in a game of soccer, I'd strongly recommend dropping by the pitch tonight at 7p.m. Even if you're not a fan of the sport, who knows? Give it a try - it's a much more complex game than you might think and a certainly more than just running around and kicking a ball.

At the very least, it's something to do and a heck of a workout.

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