Rossland Secondary School is prepping for a school-wide tournament in the next few weeks in the classic old world game of foosball.
The idea for the tournament came from the student council after the donation of two foosball tables in October by the Webb and McKinnon families was met with a lot of enthusiasm.
“They were just given to us to put in the cafeteria for a little something extra for us to do during the lunch hour and breaks,” says student council member Camille Craig. “Everyone got really into it and that’s basically where it started.”
Craig says teams will be signing up until the end of the week and the tournament will begin at the start of the next semester, in two weeks.
“So it will be the first Monday of the new semester which is on the 30th,” she said. “Then it will go for a couple weeks”
Once they have all the teams paired up, they will work out a timetable so each team can play the others.
“So everyone will be playing at different times, when people don’t have classes or at lunch or breaks or after school,” she said. “At the end we’re going to have prizes and then we’re actually working on a trophy right now with the woods class and we also have house teams at the school, so we have different colour teams.”
Throughout the year the house teams can earn points doing different activities and this will be one of them.
There are four different colours for teams and the student council randomly split up teachers and students at the beginning of the year.
Craig said she won’t be playing in the tournament, though.
“I’ll just be judging and watching but not participating,” she said. “I haven’t spent too much time around the foosball table, only watching.”
Vice-principal Mike Vanness said the student council had the idea for a foosball tournament since kids have been playing the two tables non-stop since they arrived.
“The student council runs events in the school and that was one of the ideas they had,” Vanness said about the tournament. “It will be ongoing until we find out who the top foosball players are.”
Vanness said some contenders to watch out for are the German exchange students as well as some of the faculty members.
“They’re tough,” he said. “There’s a few teachers who I think have spent a few hours around a foosball table in their youth that might come on strong as well.”
The tournament includes Grade 6 right up to adults.