‘It builds team­work’

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOUR­NAL.CA WIND­SOR

Young soc­cer play­ers from across West Hants played their hearts out in an or­ga­nized tour­na­ment on June 10.

The or­ga­nizer of the tour­na­ment, Mick Mur­ray, said it’s all about get­ting the play­ers to­gether for some fun and to de­velop a love for the sport at a young age.

“Ev­ery­body plays in three games, they get a free hot dog and juice and it doesn’t cost the par­ents any­thing,” Mur­ray said, adding that the West Hants United Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion takes care of the costs.

The event had Un­der 8 (U8) teams from Fal­mouth, Wind­sor, Mount Uni­acke, Brook­lyn and U10 teams com­peted as well.

“At that age group, ev­ery­thing is about par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said. “It’s less about try­ing to win a tour­na­ment; it’s about the fun of it.”

Another tour­na­ment is slated for Au­gust, where play­ers will re­ceive par­tic­i­pa­tion medals. to Mount Uni­acke.

U10 teams are in the Val­ley league, play­ing against teams like Hantsport, Wolfville and Port Wil­liams.

“It gets them out of the house and away from the TV; it gets them ac­tive, run­ning around. It builds team­work in them,” he said. “It’s not about do­ing stuff on your own, you have to work as a team.”

Mur­ray said it would not be pos­si­ble with­out the le­gion of vol­un­teers that make the soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion pos­si­ble — adding that for ev­ery player there’s prob­a­bly two vol­un­teers be­hind the scenes, Most of­ten, these vol­un­teers are par­ents.

Mur­ray said they don’t keep the scores at that age.

“The kids love it; they think it’s ab­so­lutely great. They look for­ward to it ev­ery week,” he said. “They’re with their friends and mak­ing new ones.”

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