Some of that gently-used gear that you used in your Cochrane Rangers adult league or your kids’ Cochrane Minor Soccer Assocation (CMSA) program is taking a permanent vacation down to Cuba. The Bow Valley Baptist Church will be taking a whole bunch of donated soccer equipment with them down to Bayamo, Cuba when they head down there this month on a mission trip involving various charitable endeavours.
“We’ve been doing this for a few years, I believe this is probably about the fifth year,” said the Rangers’ Kathleen Dennis. The donation includes around 20 soccer balls, 60 jerseys and other equipment like pumps.
“We have a group from Bow Valley Baptist Church that goes down and does mission work in Cuba, and they’ve always been able to take a few balls and some equipment, and this year we kind of decided to partner with Cochrane Minor Soccer Association to be able to give more this year.”
Bayamo is an inland Cuban community of around 225,000 people.
“Having proper equipment is essential for any organized sport and we are thrilled to donate some of our gently used balls and gear to a country like Cuba,” said the Rangers’ director of men’s soccer Mark Brown.
The adult Cochrane Rangers and the youth CMSA donations also serve as an initiative to mark the opening of registration for both club’s 2020 outdoor seasons.
“We’re open for registration, they can go to CochraneRangers.com to register,” said Dennis.
“We have both competitive and recreational teams and leagues, so if you’re a soccer enthusiast that wants to play a lot and play in Calgary and play a little bit more competitively we have that. We also have people who are new to soccer, who don’t want the fast-paced game, and so we also have recreational leagues as well for both men and women.”