CBN Lightning ready for ninth season

Nicholas Mercer
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Registration set for May 1

The CBN Lightning soccer club is set to kick off its ninth season with its upcoming spring-summer sessions.

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 spring.

The CBN Lightning soccer club is set to kick off its ninth season with its upcoming spring-summer sessions.

A parent information session will take place at 6:30 p.m. on May 1 at the cafeteria in All Hallows Elementary located in North River.

Registration will take place following the meeting and will continue until 9:00 p.m.

CBN Lightning President Robert Tarrant is very optimistic about the future of the club.

“This is the ninth season for the club and we are very humbled by the tremendous support we have received from parents, municipalities, service groups and businesses in recent years.  This support has enabled us to provide a high quality program that creates opportunities to play soccer for players at all skill levels and age categories.  We have players from age three to fifty who play soccer at one of our facilities in North River, Bay Roberts and Spaniard’s Bay,“ he said.

The Lightning program has seen continuous growth in the past two years. Tarrant contributes this to the new CSA player development model.

“This has brought about a change in how we train our coaches and approach the game,” he said. “We introduced a longterm model for professional development for our coaches which will have them certified at the Pre B provincial level by the start of the 2015 season.

“Some of our coaches have already completed the first four levels of this CSA program. The increase in certification for our coaches is paying dividends on the field as we see a tremendous improvement in the skill level of our players.”

 

Other factors

A second factor that has contributed to an increase in our numbers is the expansion of an All-Star program.

Any players looking for stiffer competition can look to the Metro League system. It is a league that includes teams from St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay South, North East Avalon, Paradise, Southern Shore and CBN Lightning. 

Last season, the Lightning entered seven teams in Metro and are anticipating between eight and 10 entrants this season. 

“In Metro League play last season all our teams had winning records and had no problem competing with the larger clubs,” said Tarrant.

In the 2014 season we have identified coaches for the following teams;

• Under-8 boys, girls;

• Under-10 boys;

• Under-12 boys, girls; and

• Under-14 boys;

In most of these age groups, there will have two or three teams. Players in under-16 and under-18 will participate in Avalon Cup and Provincial mega tournaments. 

“CBN Lightning has always introduced new and innovative ways to grow soccer in this region,” said Tarrant.

This season, the club will begin offering a one-week soccer camp in July run by a team of professional coaches.

Along with this, the Lightning host two national CSA Soccer-Fest weekends with our first session on May 31.

In addition the soccer field at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex in Bay Roberts is ready to going May.

This field will have field lighting installed over the next two years.This will be the only soccer pitch in this region with field lights.   

Tarrant is predicting further growth in soccer over the next five years.

“In 2013, we had an increase of 33 per cent in our enrolment over the previous year making us the fastest growing club in the province,” he said. “We are anticipating an increase in registration again this year and expect this trend to continue over the next five years.”

A tentative schedule has been drafted for the spring program. All sessions will take place at the Bay Roberts field located at Wilbur Sparkes Sports Complex next to Amalgamated Academy.

Tuesday:      

• Under-10 boys, under-12 girls — 6 p.m. -7 p.m.;

• Under-12 boys, under-14 boys/girls — 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.;

Thursday:     

• Under-4 (pre-school) — 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.;

• Under-6 and under-8 (Kindergarten-Grade 2) — 6:15 p.m.- 7 p.m.;

Sunday         

• Recreation soccer (under 14-18, adult) — 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.;

There will be two sites to run the association’s summer program — Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex and the Spaniard’s Bay Field — with the schedule to come next month.

For more information, visit www.cbnlightning.ca or Facebook.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca 

Organizations: CSA, Metro League, Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex Amalgamated Academy

Geographic location: North River, Bay Roberts, Mount Pearl Conception Bay North East

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