James McCarthy | Monday, August 31, 2015
Gearing up for Greenland
NWT - Registration is now open for the NWT Soccer Association's 2016 Arctic Winter Games regional development camps which will run in five communities Oct. 2 to 4. The camps are the first stage of the selection process ahead of territorial tryouts and offer participants the opportunity to develop skills and network with players and coaches. Each camp will be led by a winter games coach.
Registration closes Sept. 25.
Camps will be held in Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells and Inuvik.
The 2016 games will be held in Nuuk, Greenland March 5 to 12.
Fun playing footie
HAY RIVER - Youth in Hay River were honing their skills in a week-long British Soccer camp Aug. 17 to 21.
Participants ranging in age from three to 13 years old came out to Tri-Services Park and the gymnasium at Harry Camsell School to learn some basic soccer skills including ball control, passing, dribbling and game tactics.
Instructors were in town from U.S.-based organization Challenger Sports - the largest youth soccer coaching program in North America. University students from the University of Central Lancashire in England were also there and they have had a busy summer hosting camps in Indiana, Miami, Ontario, Edmonton and Yellowknife.
Slo-pitch season wraps up
INUVIK - Inuvik's slo-pitch season came to an end last weekend with Just Call Vince beating out the Aklak Air Falcons in the final game.
Just Call Vince won 12-7 against the Falcons on Aug. 23. Just Call Vince had been in first place in league standings for the entire season, said league spokespersonDonald Hendrick. The Falcons finished third in the regular season standings.
A wrap-up banquet has been planned for all players at the Legion Aug. 29, at which time awards will be presented.
Soccer season wraps up
IQALUIT - The Iqaluit Minor Soccer Association celebrated the end of another fun season Aug. 26 with a barbecue and family night at the AGW arena featuring a bouncy castle, games and activities. City of Iqaluit recreation programmer Paul Dainton said the program had a successful season with players aged four through 14 participating in six groups.
"Players were challenged by our minor soccer coaches each turf session, learning new skills and building off previous ones," he said. "Certificates of completion were give to all of our participants this year and we saw a lot of improvement with not only each group, but each player."
He said next year they hope to give players more time on the turf and organize a local tournament.
Dainton said, as always they are grateful for the hard work of parent volunteers and coaches.
Hurrah for hockey
IQALUIT - The regular hockey season doesn't start until October but those hoping to get a little ice time to brush up on their skills can do so starting Sept. 4 every Monday and Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost will be $10 per skate.
Deadline to register for the 2015/16 season is Sept. 26. A general meeting to discuss the upcoming season will be held that same day in the Arnaitok Arena lobby at 3 p.m.
Mass registration coming up
IQALUIT - This year's mass registration event will be held at the Inuksuk high school Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is a chance for the community to come out and see what kind of recreation activities will be offered throughout the fall and winter. Most of Iqaluit's clubs and organizations will be there to chat with people, take registrations and answer questions. Those wishing to participate should contact the recreation department to book a table.
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