4 Elementary schools went head-to-head in the Inter-City School Soccer Tournament today.
The Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA) teamed up with Integris to start an intercity after school soccer program for lower-income neighbourhoods in Prince George. “We had a meeting with School District 57 and asked which ones were most in need,” says Caitlin Lamble, the Sports Administrator at PGYSA. “It’s [the program] to give them an extra hour each day of activity, to keep them in schools so they are not going home if both parents are working, and kind of alleviate aftercare for parents.”
About 200 kids in 7 elementary schools have benefited from the program since January. Lamble says the kids are benefiting from more than just the physical activity. “Social skills. It is a huge part of athleticism. Just being in a team, playing with that team spirit, shoulder-to-shoulder…they’re passing, it’s not just those lone superstars anymore, they are definitely working as a unit.”
Quinson, Peden Hill, Nusdeh Yoh and Westwood wrapped up the season with a tournament this morning, with Westwood bringing home the cup.