CBN Lightning kicks into winter

Nicholas Mercer
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Club set to start ninth season

Athletes with the Conception Bay North Lightning soccer club are set to get their kicks as the club opens its 9th season on Jan. 26.

CBN Lightning under-18 player Willy Hayes rips a ball during provincial play in this Compass file photo. The Lightning are set to kick off its 9th season this winter.

For this season, the club will be running its winter program out of two sites in the region — All Hallows Elementary in North River and Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniard’s Bay.

“The significant increase in the size of the club has made it impossible to operate at one site,” said president Robert Tarrant. “So, a second site had to be used to take care of the large number of players interested in playing soccer.”

The Lightning saw a 33 per cent increase in enrolment last season, making it one of the fastest growing clubs in the province.

Tarrant attributes this growth to three factors. First is the large “human and financial resources” invested in high-quality player development.

“This involves training and certification for all coaches and bringing in some of the best soccer coaches … to run soccer camps and onsite training for our coaches,” said Tarrant.

Other factors include the opportunity for players to receive game experience in house league, metro league and provincial mega tournaments. This immersion in experience has allowed club teams to be competitive at the provincial level.

“Parents have recognized the importance of having their children engaged in physical fitness activities that promote a health lifestyle,” said Tarrant. “Many of our players use soccer to increase their level of cardio-fitness which helps them excel in other sports.”

 

Challenges

The Lightning expects to see even further growth over the next couple of season in both its winter and summer program.

However, expansion brings with its own set of challenges.

The biggest of those is bringing new coaches and volunteers into the fold. Another is providing facilities to meet the demand of a growing program.

“We are very grateful to the principals in both our host schools, who are very supportive of healthy and active living activities that benefit the children in this region,” said Tarrant.

The president also thanked the communities of Bay Roberts and North River for providing the club’s spring and summer facilities.

“This spring we are very pleased that the new soccer pitch in Bay Roberts will be opened,” said Tarrant.

If any parent in the CBN region would like their child to participate in the winter program, registration is scheduled for Jan. 21 at All Hallows Elementary from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per player, with a maximum charge of $80 per family.

If you have any questions, you can contact Tarrant (786-1417) or Chris Bartlett (589-5788). Information on schedules and the registration form can be found at www.cbnlightning.ca.

 

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Geographic location: North River, Bay Roberts

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