Nakusp Minor Soccer wrapped up its season with fun filled friendly matches against the parents and coaches on June 9 and 10.
The 2015 season was the second consecutive year that parents Tracy Smith and Kristi Robins have taken the lead as organizers.
“We are really lucky” Smith shared, “We have a group of women and men who have been involved in Minor Soccer for a number of years and who have established positions and know what they are doing. So it was just a matter of getting everything going and making sure everything was running smoothly.”
Nakusp Minor soccer had over 130 registered participants, which boiled down to three Jr. teams (Grade 5-7), four Pewee teams (Grade 2-4) and four Novice teams (age 4 – Grade 1). This year also marked the first season that included four-year-old-would-be soccer players, a move that Smith was confident the youth of Nakusp were ready for.
“I think with hockey starting at age 4 they already had that idea of a team, and working together and I think they did great with the kindergarten and Grade 1 group,” Smith said.
The organization was also supported on-field by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who were keen on maintaining a community based activity that keeps kids active while promoting healthy lifestyles. Among the ranks of parents and community members was an impressive dose of high school students who either fulfilled high school credit requirements, or were just sport enthusiasts dedicated to the game.
Smith spoke very highly about the group of teenagers who consistently volunteer their time with the kids.
“Without them I don’t think we could run this program. It’s amazing how the kids look up to the high school coaches, they just love it,” she said.
Off the field, the Minor Soccer program was supported through donation and financial assistance from local business and individuals.
“We really appreciate all of our sponsors,” Smith declared. “Their continued support helps make this program a reality by paying for things like the t-shirts, insurance and year-end gifts for the kids.”