Regional youth soccer program in the works

The Fort Frances Youth Soccer Association is preparing for the 2004 season and will meet to finalize details on Monday (March 1).
One of the new initiatives this season is a regional program put together by the Ontario Soccer Association.
According to the OSA, the mandate of the new program is to “maximize the development potential of young players in Ontario from grassroots through to provincial and national team selection.
The regional team leader for Northwestern Ontario is David Colistro of Thunder Bay, who says his role involves not only helping to improve youth soccer skills but also working to enhance coaching and individual club development in the region.
Colistro has been organizing meetings and identification camps in Fort Frances, Dryden, and Kenora in the past few months, with the specific goal of identifying top-level soccer players born in 1991 and 1992.
He will be in Fort Frances this Wednesday (March 3) from 7-8:30 p.m. to assess the skill levels of any players born in ’91 or ’92 who come out to the St. Francis School gym.
This will lead to a district team being formed, with Colistro working with the district coach to prepare players for the regional team.
Teams from Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, and Thunder Bay then will come together for a tournament in September.
From these teams, the best players will be identified to the regional player pool and begin development for a tournament next year in Toronto. The Toronto tournament will serve as a provincial team identification process.
Fort Frances Youth Soccer president Rick Chambers, who is serving as the local contact for the program, says it is a great step forward for youth soccer development in this area.
“We’re looking forward to having Dave Colistro here next Wednesday, and hoping that local girls and boys born in ’91 or ’92 come out and show off their skills.”^Chambers also noted the district team will not conflict in any way with the local youth soccer season.
“We’ll run it after the youth season is finished and work towards the September tournament in Thunder Bay,” he remarked.
For more information about next Wednesday’s session, call Chambers at 274-6335.