Vote for Nor’West Rebels
London Community News
By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
Like any smart team, the Nor’West Rebels under-10 boys’ squad is coming up with some off-field strategies to take the crown in the national BMO Team of the Week competition.
The local soccer club was chosen as the tenth team in a series awarding youth teams, ages 7-12, weekly for their team pride, spirit, community involvement and passion for the game. In total, 15 teams will be chosen and two more winners are still waiting to be selected in the upcoming weeks, but the Rebels aren’t waiting for their opponents to make their offensive push off the pitch.
The Rebels’, who have yet to win a game this season, were chosen as a Team of the Week for a couple reasons. One of them, said Chris Ferreira, branch manager at BMO Fanshawe Park Road West, is something you notice right away when meeting the players on the club.
“They’re a very close team. You saw when they took a picture and they all had their arms around each other,” he said, on hand at the north end branch Saturday (July 14) to donate a $500 cheque from BMO to the Children’s Health Foundation in recognition of Rebels’ win. “They really support each other, they cheer often and they’re very loud and very eager to be on the field.”
If Nor’West is selected as the BMO contest winner, it will only go to further their contributions to the community—the other reason they were picked.
Over the last year the Rebels have participated in food drives and have contributed funds to the Nor’West Optimist Club. If they claim the grand prize in the national contest it will be their biggest donation yet with the winner receiving a $125,000 refurbishment of their community soccer field and a $5,000 donation to the team’s charity of choice.
“These children will learn the value of volunteering and they will learn the value of giving back to the community they belong to,” said Rebels’ head coach Gabriel Pavez. “I think this is opportunity for educating and not just training and learning skills.”
The Rebels voted on the Children’s Health Foundation as their charity and have yet to officially decide on which field will get the makeover.
The young Rebels parents are kicking in some legwork as well, helping out with everything from the creation of the video and essay that helped Nor’West get chosen as the Team of the Week to attending regular parent meetings to figure out new ways to push the campaign.
“Every parent has a job,” Mary Hughes, Rebels’ team manager and a mother of twins on the team. “We’re pretty organized. We’re going to give it our best shot and we’re going to go for it.”
Voting between all 15 Teams of the Week doesn’t start until Aug. 13 and runs to Aug. 27, but the Rebels are already trying to get fans on board by signing people up to an email and/or Facebook reminder, so people don’t forget to cast their ballot for the team when voting does open.
They’ll have a lot of work cut out for them, up against another London team in the under-12 girls’ Southend United Sharks. With two weeks remaining before all the finalists are selected, London is the only city to have more than one squad chosen in the national contest.
Last year’s winners, the Glenn Shields Sun Devils 2000 Girls, picked about 78,000 votes.
The Rebels team profile can be viewed at http://community.bmo.com/soccer/team-of-the-week/winners.
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