If there’s not a soccer team, you start one.
At least, that was the attitude of some UTM students who began their own soccer club in the Spring of 2003.
“There were a lot of guys that wanted something a little bigger than an intramural team,” says Kevin Youngblood, President of the Futbol Club.
“There used to be an all male soccer club, but it dwindled out,” Youngblood says.
One year later, the Futbol Club is making a lot of progress in becoming known on campus. They now have over 18 members and are looking to increase their roster number.
But the process of getting this club started was not an easy one.
“We had to play some schools that were already a part of the Southeastern Collegiate Soccer League (SCS),” Youngblood says.
Youngblood says that the SCS includes several schools in the region. “Last year we traveled down to Tupelo and competed there.”
As of now, the club has been admitted into theSCS league on a one year probationary period.
Youngblood says that the team has travels ahead of them. “We’ll likely be going to Vanderbilt for a tournament. We may also go down to Orange Beach, Ala. and participate in the Beach Shootout,” Youngblood says.
According to Youngblood, most of the expenses incured by the club are covered by campus recreation. He adds that the uniform costs for the players is $70.
The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Court Four of the Elam Center. If the weather permits, their practice is on the intramural field at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This club is not just for males either. There are currently females on the team.
For those who want to be a part of the Tennessee Martin Futbol Club, contact Young-blood at 731-514-2648 or Campus Recreation at 7745.