After a few months of beating the bushes and seeking the official go-ahead, a teacher at Roland Michener School in Slave Lake is announcing a boys’ football program for 2021.
Taylor Hulme is a Junior High Social Studies teacher, just completing his first year at the school. He grew up in Peace River and played football there.
“I always wanted to coach,” he says. “I came here as a teacher and saw there was no football. I asked around.”
What he found out was it could be done, but somebody needed to take the lead. So he did. He says he’s gotten offers of support from his principal and some of his teacher colleagues, as well as an offer of coaching help from a community member. The two other vital factors for making a football program fly are players and money.
“I sense a lot of the boys would be quite interested,” Hulme (pronounced ‘Hume’) says.
Assuming the fundraising and player recruiting goes according to plan, the idea would be to have a two-week camp in May or June of next year. The main camp would start in the second half of August, followed by a season going into November.
Hulme says there are two options with regard to the type of game: Six-a-side and 12-a-side. Unless there is a really big turnout, he figures to start with the six-person format. There is a league for that type of football, he says. If it goes well, and recruitment is strong, the program could advance to the full, 12-a-side type of game. If and when that happens, he says the Rams would play in the Mighty Peace League, which is the one E.W. Pratt of High Prairie has been competing in the past few seasons.
The poster put out last week says the program is open to boys who will be in Grades 9 through 12 in the 2020/21 school year.