Cel­e­brat­ing soc­cer in North River

CBN Light­ning con­clud­ing sea­son with ban­quet, awards night on Fri­day

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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 ev­ery­body­can­play@hot­mail.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.

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