Kids soccer camp in Fort St. John underway

Myron Mayne


Young athletes in the Peace Region are getting the opportunity to 'bend it like Beckham' at a soccer camp, organized by the University of Victoria.

Earlier this week, a five-day soccer program kicked-off for kids in Fort St. John, to give them the opportunity to train with players and coaches at a higher level.

More than 50 youth gathered on the field at Dr. Kearney Middle School.

The young athletes, between the ages 7 and 16, then split into two groups based on their age.

Head Coach of the men’s soccer team at University of Victoria, Bruce Wilson, says a soccer camp in the Peace Region is important, as it can be a game changer for the kids' future.

 “If they had an opportunity to go to a college or university and go to the University the Academics Side of things number one and the soccer side is number two, is a perfect situation for them,” said Wilson.

Wilson hopes the program will do more than just feature kids watching from the sidelines and aims to get the ball rolling to help them reach their fullest athletic potential.

Wilson says the players and coaches look forward to coming to Fort St. John every year to teach the young stars.

“I never have trouble getting our coaches to come up here. We have the same coaches, couple – three of the coaches have been up here before. They really do enjoy it,” said Wilson.

Wilson and the men’s soccer team will head back to Victoria this weekend to begin their pre-season games.

Coach Wilson also mentions kids in the Peace Region have the potential to be the best on the field, referring to 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, Alphonso Davies, who just finalized a record-breaking transfer to German football club, Bayern Munich.

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