"Every kid dreams of having the chance to step on the field, stage, or into the spotlight and play the game they love with their idol. This dream came true for the AVYSA development team on Saturday, October 20th. The team, coached by Travis Cross, were invited to the VIU Mariners soccer game and were asked to join the varsity team on the field. Our youth ran out onto the pitch with the players, sang the National anthem and were included in the team huddle.
During half time, the development players scrimmaged at center field with the fans cheering them on. At one point, development players were joined by members of the VIU team on the pitch. Port Alberni's youth played hard with huge smiles on their faces at all times.
All in all, it was an exciting experience and memorable day for the Alberni Valley's youth soccer players."
Written by Natasha Mayes
AVYSA Technical Director
Alberni Valley Youth Soccer Association
4200 Wood Ave. Port Alberni, British Columbia
V9Y 7S6 Canada