Lillooet’s Just Do It soccer teams having been hitting the pitch regularly in recent weeks to practise for this weekend’s tournament at Conway Park.
Just Do It facilitator Roger Adolph says five teams are expected to compete in the Under 10 category, with another five signing up for the Under 13 age class. In addition to the two local teams, squads from Mt. Currie, Squamish and Ashcroft have registered for the tourney.
Games will be played Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until approximately 4 p.m.
The Just Do It Sports Society’s soccer program resumed this month and runs into the fall before taking a winter hiatus and starting up again next spring. Almost 50 young soccer players are enrolled in the program in three different age categories – 16 and under, 13 and under and 10 and under.
The kids are coached by Butch Bob, George Napoleon, Murray Adolph and Roger Adolph and supported by a dedicated group of parents and volunteers, including fund-raising bingo organizers Susan Saul and Belinda Adolph.
Established in March 2009, the Just Do It Sport Society also runs a boxing program. This past year, 63 youths between the ages of 10 and 20 participated in the program, which runs September to June. The coaches are Richard Edwards, Brian Barker and Roger Adolph.
Just Do It board member Steve Alain told the News the society recently purchased basketball and fastball equipment and will add those two sports to its roster of programs for youth 20 and under. Other members of the board are Butch Bob, Roger Adolph, Stephen Thorne, Richard Edwards and Oliver Williams.
Last year, the society received $40,000 in funding from the First Nations Health Council to purchase equipment and hire a facilitator to co-ordinate the programs. Alain said the group also received a $1,000 grant from the Lillooet Community Foundation as well as support from individual local aboriginal bands, its bingo fund-raisers and other sources.
“It’s basically for everybody, all kids under 20 years old,” said Alain. “My involvement hasn’t been huge, but some of the guys have put a lot of sweat equity into this. I think they’ve done a wonderful job for Lillooet. It’s an up-and-coming group that’s done a good job in the last couple of years.”
Following this weekend’s tournament, Just Do It players and coaches will focus on a tournament in Ashcroft at the end of this month.