Celebrating soccer in North River
CBN Lightning concluding season with banquet, awards night on Friday
The Conception Bay North Lightning soccer association brought the 2010 soccer season to a close on Friday, Oct. 15 with its fourth annual banquet at All Hallows Elementary in North River.
The banquet starts at 6 p.m. for players between the ages of three and eight, and 7:30 p.m. for ages nine to 14.
All players who participated in the winter, spring and summer programs are invited to participate in this celebration of soccer, said Lightning president Bob Tarrant.
Tarrant believes the future looks very bright for the Lightning.
“ This year our numbers exceeded 300, making us one of the largest clubs in this region,” he said.
He said the decision to merge with the Bay Roberts club increased the enrolment at every age group.
“ This created a lot more depth for our teams and gave us a second field which allowed us more flexibility when scheduling practices and games,” he added.
In June 2011, the new field in Bay Roberts is expected to be ready for the start of the summer season, which will further increase capacity, Tarrant noted.
He added: “ The new Everybody Can Play philosophy has helped us remove some barriers for children wishing to play soccer. We will continue to move this program forward over the next four years. This should provide us with the opportunity to expand our program and reach out to individuals with disabilities and our adult population.”
CBN Lightning has also adopted a Program of Soccer Excellence. Tarrant explained: “ This program provides opportunities for players to get involved in leadership opportunities within the club and participate in specialized player development camps. This past season we had expert coaches Ian Marshall and Scott Bettes run soccer camps for our players.
“ The emphasis on skill development, game strategy and leadership raised the bar for our players. This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of players being invited to try-out camps for provincial team.”
He said 11 players were invited to try out for under-13, under-14 and under-15 provincial teams.
Another indicator of success was the improved performance of the association’s entries into provincial tournaments, Tarrant explained.
“ Our under-10 team played a strong tournament at the provincials against teams from St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Conception Bay South. The under-14 boys team was a dominant all summer long, winning three tournaments this summer, including a second provincial title.”
Tarrant said it’s important to celebrate the success, but noted, “the real victory is only measured in the laughter and enjoyment of the children who participate in our program at all age groups. This can only be made possible with the hard work and dedication of our coaches and volunteers, and our sponsors.”
Meanwhile, a photographer will be on hand to take individual and team photos at the banquet. Any player who has not been contacted are asked to send an email to email@example.com to confirm your attendance at the banquet.
Players in the Kindergarten-Grade 1 division battle for ball possession during a scrimmage at the soccer pitch in North River this past summer. The CBN Lightning Soccer Association concludes its fourth season on Friday, Oct. 15 with a year-end banquet and awards ceremony at All Hallows Elementary in North River.