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Club hopes contest will fund clubhouse

Mid-Isle Soccer Club has entered into a video contest with hopes of attaining a $20,000 grand prize to build a clubhouse at Forrest Field in Ladysmith.

Mid-Isle's video is part of Bell's 'Show Some Soccer Love Contest' open to any club affiliated with BC Soccer.

Votes can be placed online and the top three are then judged by an independent panel to determine who wins the grand prize. The video keeps with Mid-Isle's Highlanders theme at the club and sees an enactment of a scene from the famous movie Braveheart starring Mel Gibson. The video was filmed at Forrest Field and sees a number of Mid-Isle players charging towards a goal defended by highland dancers, equipped with swords, from teacher Diena Henry's Brigadoon Dance Academy, which is based in Nanaimo.

Mid-Isle's vice president Mike Rankin says it was Henry who notified the club of the contest. "We had an evaluation session last week where we had about 60 players there and she brought her highland dancers," said Rankin. "The kids had a blast." Henry's son Stirling, 10, has just made the U13 rep team. The $20,000 would see a clubhouse built to hold meetings and store equipment and trophies.

The club also wants to build a memorial wall and establish an annual bursary, named after soccer mom Dawn Sparks, who recently lost her fight with cancer.

Bill Merriman coaches the Mid Isle Highlanders U21 team and believes the clubhouse will be a big asset.

"It's a great opportunity and these days fundraising is not easy," he said. "All the bigger clubs I know down south have a clubhouse and it's a place to bring everyone together." Deadline to vote is June 1 at showsomesoccerlove.bell.ca.

Ross.Armour @nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4230