Bruce Wilson is in his entering his 27th year of coaching with the Vikings and notes that there is a lot of talented players taking part in soccer in Fort St. John.
“We like coming up here. The kids up here are very, very good. They’re very well behaved and soccer wise they’re very good as well. It’s nice to deal with soccer people specifically. It’s a great opportunity for our coaches who are UVic [University of Victoria] athletes and teachers down the road to get the experience working with kids,” he said.
He adds that the coaches now expect to see talented players from Fort St. John and that the children like to be coached and learn how to improve their game.
“It’s not a surprise anymore. I have never had a problem getting coaches to come up here. It’s a day and a half drive coming up which we don’t have a problem with. Our coaches like working with the kids up here. They’re different. They’re very workable and they love to be out here,” he explained
Along with wanting to give back to grassroots soccer, the program also gives UVic staff a chance to do some early recruiting for those that have potential to play soccer at the university level.
“Eventually we’d like to see one or two players end up on the Vikes team. There’s no question about that. There’s certainly one or two girls in the older group that may come down to Victoria for school for grade 11 and 12 which would be a huge bonus,” he admitted.
The camp has been running all week and will conclude tomorrow.