Men’s head coach Bruce Wilson and a number of players from the University of Victoria Vikings are in Fort St. John this week to work with young soccer players in the community. This year marks the eighth year the Vikings have come to Fort St. John as they focus on soccer fundamentals and scrimmages.
Wilson said this year’s camp has been the most successful one up to this point this year, and that the Fort St. John stop is always the most productive camp they run all summer.
“I can honestly say it’s the best week of camp that we do. The kids here are fantastic. They work hard, they like to be here. This is a record number for us we have 93 kids this week.”
He added that the sport is the most popular in the country in terms of numbers in young children, and those enrolled in the camp are easy to work with.
“Soccer, especially at this age level is still the most popular game in Canada in terms of participation. There’s more kids playing soccer than any other sport by a long way and I think it shows when you come to a place like Fort St. John. The kids are very enthusiastic. They like to be here and they are a pleasure to coach.
The Vikings originally started their camp in Dawson Creek, but as participation numbers started to decline the Fort St. John Soccer Club helped bring the event further north.