A young striker practicing his form before the Panago Mini World Cup.

Great gathering for Quesnel soccer jamboree

Pizza, hot dogs and many prizes were on the line at the season ender

Young soccer players as well as their parents and coaches were spread out across Sull Field as far as the eye could see on Saturday (June 23).

The Quesnel Youth Soccer Association threw their twelfth spring jamboree on the grounds to celebrate the end of another successful season.

The younger kids aged five to eight took part in a series of fun drills that involved everything from colorful parachutes being waved up and down to giant soccer balls being jumped on to relay races.

The future Messis and Ronaldos wore colorful jerseys emblazoned with the Tim Hortons logo.

Tim Hortons also provided medals for all the children as well as a soccer ball to take home at the end of the day.

Once they had tired themselves out after a couple of hours and many exhausting stations, a hot dog was provided courtesy of Save-On Foods, Safeway and Extra Foods.

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The older children had considerably more on-the-line for the day.

Kids aged 9 to 12 were all competing in the Panago Mini World Cup.

Each division, which was separated by boys and girls teams, participated in a series of 15 minute long round robin games with the winning team from each division scoring themselves a pizza party courtesy of Quesnel’s Panago Pizza.

The remaining players were still able to enjoy consolation hot dogs.

Coaches also handed out Most Sportsmanlike awards to one player from each team and each player received a water bottle.

It was impressive how smoothly the whole operation seemed to work considering the mass of screaming humanity on the grass.

“What you’re looking at is mostly parents,” Shawna Spencer, facility coordinator with Quesnel Youth Soccer Association says.

“Every team has at least one volunteer parent and quite often two of them.

“Altogether we have 56 parents volunteering their time to coach and just for the event itself there are about 12 volunteers.”

Door prizes were awarded at the end of the day for all the adults hard work.

She says the season was a great one.

“We run it for eight weeks, so it’s just energy from beginning to end and this is such a fun way for the kids to finish it.

“They love the jamboree.”


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