Small Point-adam’s Cove-blackhead-broad Cove focusing on soccer, new playground
For the first time in recent memory, children in the combined municipality of Small Point-adam’s CoveBlackhead-broad Cove will have be able to play organized soccer.
The program will run during the summer and be played at the ball field in Broad Cove.
Tina Bursey is a member of the community’s recreation committee. She said soccer has never been a focal point for youth in the area. In fact, according to Bursey, the world’s most popular sport has never been represented in the area.
It is a huge step for the Conception Bay town of roughly 370 citizens, which is struggling for recreational opportunities for its younger residents.
Just the thought of being able to kick a ball around an open field in the mid-july sun has set off a whirlwind of excitement among the youth of the community.
“The kids are really excited for soccer,” said Bursey.
With the creation of the soccer program, children ages 3-10 will be afforded the opportunity to play “the beautiful game” for two days-a-week.
Although, there is the need for funding. Bursey said Tim Hortons has provided jerseys, soccer balls and medals.
The nationwide coffee chain maintains a Timbits Minor Sports Program that focuses on learning a new sport, making new friends and getting active.
While the program is focused on younger athletes, the committee is hoping that older youth will help everything run smoothly.
“We hope to get some of the older students to volunteer and help out,” said Bursey.
The committee believes students who are looking for volunteer hours in order to gain valuable school credit will come forward to help out.
“If they come down, we’ll sign their sheets,” she said.
The planned soccer program is only one part of a bigger plan to completely retool a recreation program has been severely lacking for years.
The municipality had a playground, but in the years since it’s installation, the facility has fallen on tough times, said Bursey.
When the recreation committee was started in April, restoring the playground to its former glory was a top priority.
“It all started with trying rebuild the playground,” she said.
The committee has plans on infusing vitality into the old grounds with new equipment, a basketball court, walking trail and a memory garden.
Bursey figures breathing new life into the playground will cost upwards of $40,000.
The committee has already raised $3,000 through various fundraising efforts, like cold plate sales and a
to movie night for kids where popcorn and drinks were sold.
“There are also going to be glow dances for the kids,” she said.
With the additions of the court and trail, the playground will shift from somewhere only children can play to a place where the entire community can gather.
“It’ll create interest in the community and it’ll bring everyone together,” said Bursey.
The town council is supportive of the work being done by the group.
“We think trying to revitalize the playground is a good idea,” said Mayor Les Gover.
Bursey said council has its own ideas for recreation facilities in the municipality.
“They’re looking at an outdoor hockey rink,” she stated.
Bursey said the whole community has been supportive of the cause.
“People have been telling us what a good job we’re doing,” she said. “It’s been all positive.”
The municipality is having a come home year in August and there are hopes that the new playground will be finished by then.
“If not then, than we’re hoping by early fall,” said Bursey. “People will be excited.”