Soc­cer week­end a su­per suc­cess

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Light­ning sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tion hosted a cel­e­bra­tion of soc­cer on March 26 with its Su­per Soc­cer Week­end. Some events had to be can­celled on March 25 be­cause of a snow storm, but ap­prox­i­mately 80 play­ers braved the weather on March 26 to take part in soc­cer events.

The fo­cal point of this week­end was the 5th an­nual Ir­ish Cup in­door soc­cer tour­na­ment. This four-team club tour­na­ment gave play­ers their first taste of com­pet­i­tive soc­cer for the year. All games were close with both semi-fi­nal games need­ing overtime.

CBN Light­ning Red and CBN Light­ning Black squared off in the cham­pi­onship game with the Red side com­ing away with a 5-3 vic­tory. Mem­bers of the win­ning team in­clude — Luke Cronin, Kyle Power, Kyle Mercer, Jaime McHugh, Noah McHugh, Va­lerie Croke and Pa­trick Tar­rant.

This year, a mini Ir­ish Cup tour­na­ment and skills competition was held for play­ers in grades kinder­garten to three. This three­team tour­na­ment was a non-com­pet­i­tive, fun event. All play­ers thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves while get­ting plenty of ex­er­cise and sharp­en­ing their soc­cer skills.

One fi­nal event which was fun for play­ers and par­ents was the par­ent-child soc­cer chal­lenge. This event in­cluded play­ers ages two-and-a-half to four. The tiny tot soc­cer stars chal­lenged their par­ents to a num­ber of silly soc­cer games. This was more fun than a bar­rel of mon­keys!

This was a fan­tas­tic way to fin­ish up the win­ter soc­cer pro­gram at All Hallows El­e­men­tary in North River. It gave the older play­ers a chance to use their skills and work as a team in a com­pet­i­tive set­ting. This will help pre­pare them for the sum­mer pro­gram when they com­pete against other clubs.

Soc­cer events for younger chil­dren are im­por­tant for build­ing self-es­teem and a sense of be­long­ing with the CBN Light­ning soc­cer fam­ily. All play­ers were awarded gold medals at the end of each event. This sends a mes­sage to each and ev­ery player that they are all win­ners ev­ery time they par­tic­i­pate in a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity such as soc­cer.

We are very grate­ful to the coaches and vol­un­teers who helped run the win­ter pro­gram. The spring-sum­mer out­door pro­gram will be­gin in the mid­dle of May. For more, check out the CBN Light­ning web­site www. league­lineup. com/ cbn­light­ning, or email the fol­low­ing: ev­ery­body­can­play@hot­mail.com.

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