Festival participants will have the opportunity to work on their soccer skills.

Youth soccer festival coming to Castlegar

Castlegar will be hosting a BC Soccer and FIFA Live your Goals Grassroots Festival on September 19.

Castlegar will be hosting a BC Soccer and FIFA Live your Goals Grassroots Festival on September 19. The event is open to players between the ages of 5 and 8 and is being offered at no cost.

Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association has received funding from BC Soccer to put on the festival.

Andrew Haines, Grassroots Development Officer for BC Soccer said, BC Soccer is excited to be working with Castlegar Minor Soccer and Kootenay South Youth Soccer in hosting a grassroots festival for children in the area. Not only will this festival provide a great opportunity for boys and girls to play soccer and develop their skills, but it will also allow local coaches to continue their on-going education in providing engaging activities for players.”

Two BC Soccer Reps will be on hand to work with local coaches to provide a fun learning environment with no pressure. They will use a rotation through skill stations and small sided games to meet the goal of allowing the participants to play against as many other players as possible. 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.”

Even though the event is free, registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration can be made online at www.kootenaysouthsoccer.com. Organizers are also looking for more volunteers to help with the festival.