Fierce on the field Cold­brook teen se­lected for na­tional soc­cer camp

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA COLD­BROOK ath­omp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Noah Schur­man is no or­di­nary teenage soc­cer player.

The 15-year-old has al­ready cap­tured the at­ten­tion of scouts rep­re­sent­ing na­tional soc­cer pro­grams.

He’s a mem­ber of a se­lect group of Nova Sco­tians trav­el­ling to Hal­i­fax sev­eral days a week to train un­der the Van­cou­ver White­caps Academy pro­gram – an op­por­tu­nity that could even­tu­ally see Noah se­cur­ing a spot with an elite soc­cer squad in Bri­tish Columbia.

“We prac­tice out of Hal­i­fax four times a week and we also work­out with each other at the Canada Games Cen­tre, which is right down the road from where we prac­tice,” the Cold­brook res­i­dent ex­plains.

“The hope is that some of us will be able to go up there and go to school there some­time.”

A stand­out mid­fielder and striker, Noah sel­dom goes a day with­out get­ting his foot on the ball.

A huge com­mit­ment

His weekly soc­cer sched­ule be­gins at 6 a.m. Mon­day morn­ings with an hour-and-a-half long train­ing session at the BMO Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax be­fore the reg­u­lar school day gets un­der­way at Cen­tral Kings Ru­ral High School at 9 a.m.

On Tues­days and Fri­days, the hon­ours stu­dent skips out on last pe­riod at school to train at the BMO Cen­tre from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Tues­days and Thurs­days, he goes to the Canada Games Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for strength and con­di­tion­ing work­outs. Wed­nes­days he gets a break from travel and trains closer to home at the in­door soc­cer dome in Kentville.

On the week­ends, he suits up for the Val­ley United Club Team.

Noah’s im­pres­sive soc­cer re­sume al­ready boasts an ex­ten­sive list of ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing some that saw the lo­cal teen trav­el­ling out of prov­ince to play his favourite sport.

In the last four years, he’s been in­volved with Val­ley United, the Van­cou­ver White­caps Academy train­ing pro­gram, the Nova Sco­tia pro­vin­cial team, two Mon­treal Im­pact Show­case events and the Kings West Soc­cer Club.

And the list of hard-earned soc­cer op­por­tu­ni­ties is ex­pected to grow in 2017.

A promis­ing fu­ture

Noah has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a U15 Cana­dian Na­tional Team ID Camp in Mon­treal in mid-Fe­bru­ary, and a Van­cou­ver White­caps Show­case in April 2017.

“I thought that was a very big deal,” said Noah. “I thought it was a good op­por­tu­nity to im­prove.”

The Grade 9 stu­dent is bal­anc­ing course work at Cen­tral Kings with the de­mand­ing soc­cer sched­ule in hopes of even­tu­ally play­ing soc­cer at the univer­sity level.

To re­main in the White­caps pro­gram, he must main­tain an hon­ours av­er­age.

“Since last fall, Noah has been very fo­cused on soc­cer and this lat­est in­vi­ta­tion (to Mon­treal) con­firms that his hard work is pay­ing off,” said Noah’s fa­ther, Matthew Schur­man.

“He’s prob­a­bly one of the most fierce com­peti­tors that I know. His drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion on the field re­ally sets him apart.”

Schur­man passed his love of soc­cer on to Noah at a young age, and even coached his son for sev­eral years. He jokes that the days he could keep up with Noah, how­ever, are now long gone.

“He’s at a dif­fer­ent level now.”

An in­spi­ra­tional let­ter

Val­ley United coach Cas­sian Fer­latte pre­sented Noah with a hand-writ­ten let­ter to share some words of en­cour­age­ment prior to the young ath­lete’s up­com­ing trip to the na­tional camp.

“They in­vited Noah Schur­man to this ID Camp; so all they want to see is Noah Schur­man! Be yourself and play your game … that is all you need to do,” wrote Fer­latte.

Fer­latte praised Noah as a tact­ful and tech­ni­cal play­maker with a bright fu­ture ahead of him.

“His po­ten­tial in this game is end­less and if he keeps his thirst for im­prove­ment, he will ac­com­plish all of his play­ing goals,” Fer­latte wrote.

Read­ing these words penned by his men­tor – a soc­cer player who has seen suc­cess at pro­fes­sional try­outs and the univer­sity level - meant a lot to Noah.

“My coach has played re­ally high up – he went to the Canada Games,” said Noah.

“I thought it was a great let­ter be­cause he’s one of my big­gest in­spi­ra­tions.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Cold­brook res­i­dent Noah Schur­man, 15, was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a U15 Cana­dian Na­tional Team ID Camp in Mon­treal the week of Feb. 13.

SUB­MIT­TED

Noah Schur­man, pic­tured with the ball, is of­ten praised as a tact­ful and tech­ni­cal player who is al­ways de­ter­mined to suc­ceed.

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