Left to right: Gilbert Schotel, president of Quesnel Youth Soccer Association; Simon Turner and Sandra Lewis of Rotary Club of Quesnel; Mary Sjostrom, president of Quesnel Community Association and Tyler Beckman, Make Traxx Recreation show off the Quesnel Youth Soccer’s newest asset. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Quesnel Youth Soccer Association grateful for new ATV

Rotary and Quesnel Community Foundation teamed up with Make Traxx to provide useful machine

Quesnel Youth Soccer Association is getting great use out of its latest tool, a Polaris Ranger.

The all-terrain vehicle was purchased at a reduced cost from Tyler Beckman’s Make Traxx Recreation this spring thanks to the contributions of the Rotary Club of Quesnel and the Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF).

Facility coordinator Shawna Spencer says QCF provided the soccer club with a grant of $5,000 and then the Rotary club helped them out with a couple of their fundraisers.

“They did the Diamond Calcutta and they also did their craft beer fest and between the two of them they raised $6,145 towards the Ranger.”

Ordinarily, the ATV vehicle, which is electricity powered as it needs to work indoors, would cost in the $16,000 range but Beckman at Make Traxx brought the price down considerably for the good cause.

”We really needed to replace it,” says Spencer,” We had a golf cart that Rotary had originally donated to us years ago but it died.”

“For the outside field we’re always bringing equipment out from one side to the other and when we’re painting the lines, we need to haul around large buckets of paint.”

Spencer says the Ranger is a workhorse.

“If we’re setting up 12 fields we need it done efficiently. If we did everything on foot we’d never get it done.

“This thing is amazing, it’s got a big back end on it that dumps and it’s been fantastic for carrying around stuff.

“Hopefully we get lots of years out of it.”


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