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Nelson rep soccer registration opens

Nelson Youth Soccer is now taking registrations for its rep program. The Nelson Selects season gets going next month. - Bob Hall photo
Nelson Youth Soccer is now taking registrations for its rep program. The Nelson Selects season gets going next month.
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Snow still covers the Lakeside pitch, but it’s time to start thinking soccer.

Nelson Youth Soccer has opened its registration for the Nelson Selects rep program. Those interested in taking their game to a higher level have until January 31 to register.

The Selects program is open to players aged 11 to 18 (birth years 1995 to 2002). Tryouts generally get underway in mid-February and last until April.

“We at Nelson Youth Soccer hope we are making kids love the sport and making them not only players while they are young, but hope we are making players for life,” says NYS rep director Lua Gerun. “A child may also be able to challenge themselves to a higher level of soccer by trying out for leagues on the coast, or even possibly getting a university scholarship in their future.”

Rep soccer registration is on the rise in Nelson, having increased five per cent in the last two seasons. Gerun says the most important aspects of trying out for rep soccer are a positive attitude and commitment to your team.

The rep program requires athletes to practice twice a week and attend tournaments. Players in U11 to U14 must also play house soccer (players U15 and up have the choice to play both).

This season the provincial championships (U13 to U18) will be held from July 4 to 7 in Vancouver (girls) and Prince George (boys). Other tournaments outside the community take place during the spring and fall.

The big local event is the annual Terry Walgren Tournament which will be held on the May 24 to 26 weekend. The tournament will feature boys and girls teams from U13 to U18. There will also be a jamboree for the U12 teams.

The Nelson Selects program is always looking for extra volunteers that may be interested in helping organize the upcoming tournament or other various jobs throughout the year, if anyone is interested please contact nelsonselects@hotmail.com.

 

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