American exchange student Sam Frost from Lincoln University is helping establish the university’s first football team. Emily Spink/Fairfax NZ American exchange student Sam Frost from Lincoln University is helping establish the university’s first football team. EMILY SPINK Last updated 05:00, April 15 2015 Full article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/sport/youth-sport/67732689/frost-brings-footie-to-lincoln A group of sportsmen are making history as they try to kick-start a new football team at Lincoln University – complete with rugby jerseys. Colorado’s Sam Frost has been in the country for just six weeks while on a study abroad. “It was kind of astonishing for me to show up to this uni and there be no soccer team.” Denmark’s Soren Sommer was in a similar position when he ventured to New Zealand eight weeks-ago. They’re now two of the 11-strong multi-cultural team, who have every continent covered and who played their first game last weekend. It was a tough start for the fresh team, with players away due to the university term break. But they are remaining optimistic about their future in division six. “All hopes are there for the next couple of games,” says first year student Oscar Talbot. “We’ve got some good players and good tactics and we’ve seen that we can go well.” In their rugby jerseys, the students made their pre-season debut on a rugby pitch, where the goals were “a bit bigger” than normal. “That got the spirit up a bit.” The young men understand they are the first football team for the university in over ten years. They say a strong rugby culture and a high number of international students, who study periodically, have contributed to there never being a team. Talbot, who hails from Geraldine, is looking forward to establishing football at Lincoln and following through with its progress. While registered and associated with Halswell United AFC, players train across different sessions with the club, as well as by themselves. At their first game, one supporter turned out. “It’s only up from there I suppose,” says James Ranstead from Waikato. Rallying players has also been a tricky task. Word of mouth via international students and a Facebook group are helping draw in “as many new members as possible”. Creating structure within the team is something the students hope to work on. “Everyone has their own ability, it’s just working out how to get there,” says Talbot. The high number of international students in the team is advantageous for the team – but it does come at a loss. Frost will leave the country in July. “I’m here to start the programme and start the team and then I’ll say Sayonara.” “It’s a great start for the programme and then the locals can take it over,” says Frost.