The Quesnel Youth Soccer Association and the Quesnel Denny’s Strikers played host to U12 soccer teams from Williams Lake and Prince George on the weekend.
Judging from the smiles, everyone had a good time.
About 80 players took part in the soccer festival which offered many players a first-time experience at playing competitive soccer, coach and organizer Gilbert Schotel said.
“It was a thrill for them and their parents,” Schotel said.
Williams Lake and Prince George were thrilled to be able to play in our facility.
Teams from Williams Lake and Quesnel played with equal ability, but the teams from Prince George did display better organization with respect to positional play.
Nonetheless, Iain Brown, coach for the boys U12 Strikers team, noted his players were equally adept in terms of individual ball handling skills.
For his part, Schotel, observed his U12 Strikers girls played with intensity and when faced with the strong play of the Prince George team, stepped up their game.
Because the weekend’s soccer festival was supported by a grant from BC Soccer no one kept score as per the U12 soccer mandate.
The Rep soccer season kicks off with practices beginning March 26 and a tournament scheduled for Quesnel, April 20 – 22.
QYSA is also hosting the European Football School in Quesnel March 18 – 20. This is a three day camp open to all players U-9 and up. For more information visit www.qysa.ca.