Soccer unites community
Successful first season for program in Small Point-broad Cove-blackhead-adam’s Cove
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.
Jessica Slade (left), Lindsay White (centre), Kendra Slade and a group of their fellow soccer players chase after a ball.