Kevin Anderson

KAPUSKASING – The Kapuskasing Val Albert Motors Longhorns have decided to take a step back from the Timmins Men’s Soccer League this season, in order to foster an effort closer to home.

“We want to try to grow the game here at home,” said Longhorns rep Justin Renaud. “To do that, we’re going to step back from Timmins league and focus our efforts on building a weekly recreational men’s league here in Kap.”

Renaud said the decision to step back from the TMSL had another practical element to it.

“We’ve been playing in the league for a long time and it requires a large time commitment and quite a bit of travel,” he commented. “It was becoming increasingly difficult to get enough people that were able to commit to being there game in and game out because of those factors.”

That being said, Renaud also commented that the Longhorns will play a handful of games against Timmins teams on their home pitch in an effort to continue to support the TMSL.

As it pertains to the Kapusaksing men’s league, Renaud said what format the organization will take will depend pretty much entirely on participation.

“If we have enough guys that are interested, we’d like to have organized teams. If not, we’ll do it ‘pick-up’ style, where we’ll divide whoever shows up into a couple of teams,” he explained. “This isn’t a competitive league. People of all levels of experience and skill are welcome. The idea is just to get people out playing and enjoying the sport.”

Renaud said an early-June target date has been set to start the league. The cost to join will be minimal, with a $20-$30 fee per player, just to cover insurance.

Anyone wishing to join the league or desiring more information is encouraged to call: 705-335-3030 or visit the “Kapuskasing Longhorns” FC Facebook page and leave a message there.