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    FINAL SESSION: Horsham and District Soccer Club members, from left, Cameron Brito, Nirvan Suwal, Sedat Aytar, Fletcher Hawken, Cadel Haken, Andy Mbati and Dan Ochieng at Dudley Cornell Park. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Dan Ochieng
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    Cadel Hawken and Andy MBati
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    Andy Mbati watched by Cadel Hawken and Fletcher Hawken at Horsham and District Soccer Club training at Cornell Park.
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    Slater Perkin playing Friday night tennis at Horsham Lawn.

Soccer club call for players, coaches, volunteers

Horsham soccer players sneaked in one last training session on Friday afternoon before COVID-19 restrictions suspended all sport across Victoria. 

A State Government move to enter stage four restrictions for five days forced Horsham and District Soccer Club leaders to cancel training sessions this week. 

Club president Jo-anne Bates said she hoped the club could reconvene with plans for a come-and-try day that was also cancelled at the weekend. 

“We’re going to have a discussion to figure out dates with Stawell Soccer Club and Geelong Rangers to see if we can get another date,” she said. 

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Ms Bates said the club was seeking volunteers to help with running the club. 

“Just like most sporting clubs across the region, we have seen an impact on trying to get people back on board,” she said. 

“We are looking to start  pre-season training and we’re also seeking more coaches and volunteers.”

Ms Bates encouraged players of all ages and skill levels to consider trying the sport when restrictions eased.  

“We’ve had a good contingency of senior players and a mixture of younger players, but we’re certainly always looking for more,” she said. 

“Normally, as we get closer to February and people are finishing cricket and tennis you start picking up numbers again.”

Ms Bates said pre-season training for all age groups would be cancelled while stage four restrictions were in place.  

She said she expected a regional competition with Ballarat and District Soccer Association would start in early April. 

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