TRURO, N.S. – Winning aside, the CC Riders soccer program has given club president Steve Lindsay another reason to be proud.
“The winning is great; that’s really great, but after provincials I received emails from other coaches, managers and even parents from other clubs in the province saying how respectful our players are and their good sportsmanship, and that makes a person even more proud,” said Lindsay. “The wins are great, but when you hear that, that says something about the CC Riders organization.”
The Riders’ success on the pitch this summer speaks for itself. All eight competitive teams qualified for provincial tournaments with U13 boys, U15 boys and girls, U17 boys and U21 women winning Nova Scotia titles. Also, the U21 men captured silver and the U17 girls nabbed bronze.
“It speaks pretty highly of the talent of athletes that we have here in Truro,” said Lindsay.
Almost 700 athletes played in the association this summer. Lindsay, along with other dedicated board members, took the organization in a new direction and focused on instilling “Rider pride” in players. The result was friendships made and successes shared.
“The camaraderie is great; it’s awesome,” said Lindsay. “The kids love playing together. We have a lot of players here who could leave to go and play at the triple-A level but they chose to stay here, play with their friends and they all get along great. It’s really fun to watch right from our U12s, U10, right up through.”
Lindsay also credits the grassroots program in the Truro area for the club’s success.
“Our mini program, you see the fields every night of the week – there’s 100 kids running around; that’s where it starts,” he said. “It’s those volunteer coaches, and better training for our coaches. All of our competitive coaches have training, they’re all certified coaches and we’re trying to get as many as we can in the mini program. It’s better coaching, which in turn gives better teaching on field.”
Lindsay, himself, previously coached in the association, but this season focused on overseeing the organization on a full-time basis. He spent time at soccer fields nearly every day of the week this summer and had the opportunity to see every team in the club in game action.
“It’s just a lot of fun; you go and you see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the helpful volunteers and it was great. On the field it was awesome, getting out and seeing everybody play … pretty proud.”
Lindsay said a small, but dedicated group of eight board members made it all possible.
“They did yeoman’s work and without them this wouldn’t have happened,” he said. “Anything that was asked of them, they went above and beyond. I just can’t speak highly enough of them. They did it all, they did it without complaining – from ordering uniforms, from doing the year-end jamboree, I just can’t say enough; they did great.”
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Winter programs being offered
The CC Riders are gearing up for winter league action.
Last year, the U15 girls were the lone Riders team that competed in a winter league at the BMO Centre in Halifax. The Riders enjoyed great success, playing 16 games and winning silver.
This year, the local association expects to offer winter soccer for teams from U13 to U21.
Also, the Riders will host winter skills sessions at the Cougar Dome in Truro for U6 to U12 athletes.
For more information and registration for Riders winter programs, visit the association’s website at riderssocer.ca or its Facebook page.
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Did you know?
The CC Riders switched colours this season, going from traditional maroon to Manchester City-like blue. The association also created a new logo.
*See the next edition of the Truro News for photos of all major award winners from the CC Riders closing banquet.