Players in the Fort Frances Youth Soccer leagues had a chance to learn and work on their soccer skills from members of the Thunder Bay Chill last week, as members of the team hosted a two-day clinic at the Struchan Gilson pitches on Wednesday and Thursday.
“This was a good opportunity for us to come to Fort Frances, as it was something that he wanted to do in the past, but were never able to do so,” Chill youth director and academy head coach Saverio Lento said.
“Finally, we were able to get in contact with Sarah Faragher and everyone else involved with Fort Frances Youth Soccer, and they were able to get us over here to host the clinic,” he added.
A lot of things that were worked on during the camp, which was also held in Dryden on Friday and Saturday, were more on the fundamental aspects of the game, as players from the U8 to the U16 levels were split up into separate groups.
“We are working on a lot of skills like ball handling, passing, and shooting,” Chill leftback Paul Dillon said.
“What we are trying to do is help these kids out, which can hopefully be beneficial for them as they continue to play soccer and allow them to enjoy the game more,” Chill centreback and team captain Nolan Intermoia added.
It wasn’t just the players who were enjoying the experience of learning from the players in the Chill organization, as those involved with Fort Frances Youth Soccer felt the that opportunity to have players and coaches in from Thunder Bay was a great one.
“We’re just excited that they wanted to come into Fort Frances, and they said that they would love to run this program for a variety of ages,” board member Sarah Faragher said.
“I think everyone really appreciates it, as we sometimes sing the small town blues about not getting these types of services like our big brother does in Thunder Bay.
“So to have the Chill put on things like this and to have them offer these types of programs for our youth is awesome, and they have already expressed and interest in coming back annually,” she added.
The Chill players noted that they felt very welcomed by those involved with the camp in Fort Frances, especially with those that participated over the two days.
“We have had nothing but positive feedback from the young men and women that are here, and they have a smile on their face while working hard and having a good time, which is always an important thing,” Intermoia, who is one of the coaches on the Chill’s academy team, explained.
“Learning about the game was something that we were lucky enough to have when we growing up, and passing it forward is something that is very important to us,” Dillon added.