Soc­cer unites community

Suc­cess­ful first sea­son for pro­gram in Small Point-broad Cove-black­head-adam’s Cove

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

It’s a Tues­day night in late June and there are some un­fa­mil­iar sights and sounds in the Town of Small Point- Broad Cove- Black­head­A­dam’s Cove.

For the first time, there is a youth soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion oper­at­ing on the field in Broad Cove.

Where an over­grown field once lay, a neatly groomed play­ing sur­face now sits, an in­vi­ta­tion to the young ath­letes of the re­gion to lace up their run­ning shoes and start kick­ing a ball.

Fast-for­ward two months and the pro­gram has just con­cluded its first suc­cess­ful sea­son with a jam­boree. Up­wards of 75 young chil­dren, be­tween the ages of three and 10, took part.

“We fig­ured we would get around 30 kids,” said or­ga­nizer Tina Bursey.

“The year went ex­cel­lent,” she said.

Spon­sored by Tim Hor­tons, the par­tic­i­pants re­ceived balls, jer­seys and medals from the Cana­dian cof­fee gi­ant.

Bursey be­lieves the reg­is­tra­tion fee was a fac­tor in the pro­gram’s suc­cess.

“They had heard we only charge $25, and that re­ally helped out fam­i­lies with more than one child,” she said.

Bursey an­tic­pates an even bet­ter sec­ond year.

Fos­ter­ing an iden­tity

The soc­cer pro­gram in Small Point- Broad Cove- Black­head­A­dam’s Cove is a shin­ning ex­am­ple of an as­so­ci­a­tion suc­cess­fully pulling a community to­gether.

The re­cre­ation com­mit­tee got tremen­dous help from res­i­dents, and when the games were be­ing played, the pro­gram of­fered the adults the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle amongst them­selves.

“For par­ents, it was more of a so­cial thing,” said Bursey. “We had the pic­nic tables here, and they could come here and chat while the kids were play­ing for an hour.

“It’s def­i­nitely brought the community to­gether.”

James Pud­dester is one of the par­ents who is glad soc­cer is on the north shore.

“It’s a lot less travel than go­ing to Car­bon­ear,” said the Western Bay res­i­dent.

For Alexan­der, it’s great to be able to play soc­cer in Small Point-Broad Cove-Black­head-Adam’s Cove.

“I like play­ing here with my friends,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Jes­sica Slade (left), Lind­say White (cen­tre), Ken­dra Slade and a group of their fel­low soc­cer play­ers chase af­ter a ball.

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