Chris Laxton is the the head coach of the Douglas College Royals Women’s Soccer Team. Over the past year he and the team have come to VSSL practices and provided lunch and much appreciated encouragement and coaching to VSSL players.
1. Tell us about the Douglas College Women’s Royals and your work as a coach with them.
I’ve coached the team since 2014. It has been such a rewarding endeavor getting to interact with such outstanding young women over the last three years. I’m very proud of the work and achievements that this program has attained in a short period of time, including our community initiatives like working with VSSL.
2. What do you love most about soccer?
I love sports because of what it can bring to a community. Sports can be everything from an escape from the everyday to a pursuit of excellence. Soccer is a universal sport that brings people and cultures from around the world together like only a handful of things can.
3. Why did you decide to support the VSSL?
As a team, we decided that we wanted to be more present in the community. I asked our leadership group to figure out what that might look like. After that meeting I ran into Dominique Fall, an instructor at Douglas College and a long-time VSSL supporter and we started discussing the League. I thought it was a great fit for us and the players agreed. We have come to a number of practices over the past year and it has been so positive for our group.
4. I heard you made a lot of sandwiches for the last practice, is that true?
Ha ha! Yes, I made just under 100 sandwiches for our visit.
5. Why should others support the VSSL?
Nothing brings people together quite like food and sport. The VSSL does both and supports people who need it the most. Giving to VSSL is simple – show up, play and bring food. Plus, you get the chance to meet and interact with the outstanding people at practices – participants and volunteers!
6. What was your favorite part about practicing with us?
All of the smiles. All of the participants from Douglas and VSSL seemed to enjoy themselves. In an environment where things can be taken too seriously at times, it is nice to get back to the root of what drives people to play – fun!