(September 15, 2017) – Nearly 200 players from rural Alberta met in Ponoka last weekend to showcase their skills in the hopes of being invited to to the upcoming Alberta Soccer Winter Training Program.
Male and female teams, featuring players of distinction from Central Alberta, Lakeland, Foothills, Northwest Peace, Big Country, Fort McMurray, and Medicine Hat Soccer Associations, enjoyed a weekend of exposure to Alberta Soccer’s Provincial Level programming. Participants took part in educational presentations, training sessions, and competitive games.
The presentations, which were led by members of Alberta Soccer’s technical team, were streamlined for players, parents, and coaches. They focused on:
- Players – the AB Player Pathway and player characteristics
- Parents – how to effectively support a child through sport
- Coach – current coaching challenges as well as different initiatives that could help grow the game in their respective districts
The showcase games, coaches said, “showed a high quality of play displayed with tons of enthusiasm and fun.”
Here are the All-Star teams from the weekend:
|Girls Team of Distinction||Boys Team of Distinction|
|Player Name||District||Position||Player Name||District||Position|
|Kendra Metz||Big Country||Goalkeeper||Colton Burkard||Foothills||Goalkeeper|
|Indira Germain||Northwest Peace||Defender||Joshua Richardson||Northwest Peace||Defender|
|Autumn Carr||Big Country||Defender||Kelton Flaig||Medicine Hat||Defender|
|Chloe Gauthier – Schaub||Lakeland||Defender||Ethan Hartt||Big Country||Midfielder|
|Sydni Fedoruk||Lakeland||Midfielder||Zachary Shortt||Big Country||Midfielder|
|Mariika Meadus||CASA||Midfielder||Lewis Neenan||Medicine Hat||Midfielder|
|Medea Chiba||Northwest Peace||Midfielder||Cooper Lockyer||Foothills||Midfielder|
|Meaghan Bielecki||Fort McMurray||Midfielder||Kurt Hymanyk||Foothills||Forward|
|Ariha Tahir||Fort McMurray||Forward||Parker Aldrich||CASA||Forward|
|Emma Smith||CASA||Forward||Wyatt Davis||Medicine Hat||Forward|
|Alyssa Lutz||Northwest Peace||Forward||Liam Eppleston||Foothills||Forward|
Alberta Soccer will notify the players who have been selected to attend the 2017-18 Winter Training Program by email on October 16.
Thank you to Central Alberta Soccer Association (CASA) and Ponoka Minor Soccer for hosting this exceptional event!