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Comox Valley United offers free camps for girls new to soccer

The Comox Valley United Soccer Club is hosting a pair of free camps for girls five to 12 years old, available only to girls not registered with the club.

The camps will be held at the 19 Wing base gym from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 7. The coaches will be women.

Experience is not necessary — just the willingness to try the sport and have fun doing it.

The camps have been made available under BC Soccer’s Female Grant Initiative, which helps CVUSC to encourage more girls to try out ‘the Beautiful Game.’

George Mrsic, technical director at CVUSC since last August, said the organization wants to increase the number of young female players in the club.

“We have to increase the female side of our game, so I approached BC Soccer on how best to attract more players, especially females, to the game of soccer,” said Mrsic, a member of the 1989 men’s national soccer team that won a gold medal at the Francophone Games. The left midfield was also a member of the 1989 CSL champion Vancouver 86ers.

“We can have around 30 to 50 (players), maximum, in the gym at one time, but if we had between 15 and 25 for this camp, we’d be happy with that,” he added.

The camp will focus on fun and involve a theme, culminating with a game at the end.

Only those players not registered with CVUSC, or who have never played the game, are allowed to sign up. Everyone looking to participate must register to be included.

For more information on the camps, visit www.cvusc.org/feel-free-to-try-it

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