Live your Goals Grassroots Soccer Festival participants pose for a photo after a few hours of fun and learning.

Soccer skills acquired through fun

Kootenay South Youth Soccer hosted a BC Soccer and FIFA Live your Goals Grassroots Festival

Kootenay South Youth Soccer hosted a BC Soccer and FIFA Live your Goals Grassroots Festival on Saturday. Sixty players between the ages of 5 and 8 from Castlegar, Trail, Rossland and Beaver Valley worked on their skills in a fun and engaging environment.

‘It is nice to get the young kids involved,” said local organizer Rob Voykin. “There’s always lots of things for the bigger kids to do, and not so much for the little guys.”

Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association received funding from BC Soccer to put on the festival. Two BC Soccer Reps were on hand to work with local volunteers to teach skills like agility, passing and team play in a no pressure environment focused on learning through fun. The idea appeared to be successful as the soccer fields were filled with smiling faces.

BC Soccer Grassroots tutor Rick Erickson explained the philosophy, “We let the game be the teacher, let them have fun. Let them explore through their creativity.”

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