STRAIT AREA: Based on its first night of registration, all indications suggest the Strait Area Soccer Club ought to see a whole lot of players take to the field this season.
“Usually, the first night we have between 40 and 50 at registration, but last night [April 5] we had over 60,” said vice-president of the club, Drew MacQuarrie. “That’s a good start.”
Registration continues on April 7 at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 10, at Felix Marchand Education Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MacQuarrie encourages any youth in the area to sign up. There will be teams at the U13, U15, and U17 levels. Considering how well Strait Area Soccer did last season, it’s a good bet young people in the area will want to keep the ball rolling in terms of the club’s winning streak.
“Last year, we had a really successful season on the competitive side,” MacQuarrie said. “We hosted provincials at the U15 girls level, so we had a team there, and we also had a team at the U13 girls provincials. Both of those teams won provincials.
“In 2010, we had a U14 team win, and the next year we saw a huge increase in registration at U16. Between those two teams winning last year, we’re hopeful that we’re going to see a big spike, especially on the girls’ side.”
Strait Area Soccer has a very large percentage of female players, as more than half of last year’s players were girls.
The club won’t be fielding a senior team this summer as league play isn’t available in the area; however, the club is looking at setting up an in-house recreational league in Port Hawkesbury.
“We’re in the early stages on that, and we’ll get more information on that by the end of the month,” MacQuarrie said.
The club also offers an opportunity for kids under 10 to get on the field.
“The mini-program runs for ages U4 to U10, and we’ve been running that for a number of years now,” MacQuarrie said. “In past years, we’d begin in early June and run to the end of August, but this year we’re condensing that. We go from early June to August 1, and it’ll run twice a week at TEC.
“The idea, based on feedback from players and parents and coaches, is that the season was a little too long, and there wasn’t enough focus on games. Now, you’ll get there and do a Monday night session of technical work, and every Wednesday will be strictly for games.”
The club has lots of returning coaches, but volunteers are always welcome – especially with the mini-program. A coaching course will be offered for first timers, and session plans are provided. Anyone interested in helping out can contact the club via Facebook.