Soccer, or ‘football’ as it’s called in some parts, is one of the world’s most popular sports.
But for a long time soccer wasn’t really seen in the Roberts Arm area.
That changed three years ago.
Soccer wasn’t organized in the Roberts Arm area for over 40 years.
Three years ago Kayla Short started a soccer program in Roberts Arm for the Green Bay South area. With three solid seasons under its belt, this minor soccer program is now a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association. It has dedicated volunteers and an Executive Committee, who clearly work hard at both squeezing in practices and games between bouts of Newfoundland weather, and building up the number of players and the support network.
The soccer association in Roberts Arm is open to the whole Green Bay South area. It is providing the children an opportunity for fresh air, social interaction, and improved soccer skills.
Kayla said the kids really enjoy it.
This year the kids travelled to Grand Falls-Windsor for games too. And Kayla reported the kids played with their hearts, tried their best and displayed true sportsmanship.
And a positive experience like that is really what its all about.
Kayla said 8-10 people were involved this year in keeping the program going: volunteers and summer student employees of the Town of Roberts Arm.
The group in GBS also supports its soccer playing through fundraising events like the car wash and BBQ they did this summer.
Kayla wanted to extend thanks to Roberts Arm Recreation, business sponsors, and to the parents for their dedication.
This year’s Green Bay South soccer season is now over. The closing ceremony was held on August 17th. But 2018 is waiting. And area interest is growing.
Growing interest is not surprising. The positive attitude connected to this sport in GBS is clear, shown in various ways and also through a few choice words sitting quietly in a social media post by one of the association’s volunteers:
“…please try and be on field by 6:00….. remember to bring water, cleats, socks and a smile!!“