On May 6 and 7, the Pemberton Youth Soccer Association (PYSA) will host its first "Soccer Jamboree" event at the new Den Duyf fields near the Sunstone development. More than 100 youngsters between the ages of 6 and 15 are signed up. Both current players and PYSA alumni are welcome.
Three coaches from the European Football School (EFS) will also be part of the Jamboree, putting on age-specific sessions for Spud Valley youth of varying skill levels. Furthermore, there will be an adult clinic for the 24 parents who serve as PYSA volunteer coaches.
The EFS is a respected Vancouver-based organization known for athlete development. Members of EFS include founder and former professional soccer player Saibo Talic, UEFA-certified coach Amar Talic, and former Canadian women's national team captain Michelle Passant.
Proceeds from the Jamboree will be donated to the Pemberton Food Bank.
"Not only will children learn some useful soccer skills, but also have a lot of fun, connecting with their peers, gaining physical literacy and a love for the team sport of soccer," said Christine Cowin, a member of the PYSA's community engagement and event planning team.
“Pemberton Youth Soccer is grateful for their amazing community partners and sponsors of this event, including Pemberton Valley Lodge, Mount Currie Coffee Company and Pemberton Valley Supermarket.”
More information is available on the PYSA website.