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Wembley football club looking for Dawson Creek players

Remember when the Dawson Creek Penguins football club was a dominate force to be reckoned with? The Wembley Bulldogs are looking to recruit more Dawson Creek players to their Peace Country Bantam Football League team and in a round about way, perhaps
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Remember when the Dawson Creek Penguins football club was a dominate force to be reckoned with?

The Wembley Bulldogs are looking to recruit more Dawson Creek players to their Peace Country Bantam Football League team and in a round about way, perhaps rejuvinate the Dawson Creek Secondary's high school program. 

The bantam team is made up of kids from grades 6 -8.

After West Country Football and Football Alberta agreed last year to expand Wembley's reach across the border, Lionel Robins, an organizer with the Wembley group, said the team was able to pick up one player from the Mile Zero City just by word of mouth. 

"Now he has a couple of friends com in," Robins said. "I'd like to see not only a couple of kids from Dawson Creek, but maybe 20 kids come out and play."

Robins says he can remember when Dawson Creek was once a football hotbed. 

"When I played for Grande Prairie, we hated playing the Dawson Creek Penguins. They were a solid football program. The kids were big and strong and they had a little dynasty with provincial championships for a while."

Robins said that if he can get a few middle school aged kids involved with Wembley's football program, maybe it'll have the spin-off effect of restarting the Dawson Creek high school football program. 

"That'd be great for everyone," he said. 

In anticipation of the upcoming season, Robins is holding a camp for interested Dawson Creek players in Wembley May 24. 

It's meant to be an introduction to football. Players who are new to the game can try it out for four weeks with no obligation to play the whole season.

All players will need to bring with them is their own cleats and the registration fee, the club provides everything else.

For more registration cost and times of the camp, contact Lionel at lrobins@revolutionautogroup.ca.

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