Ryan McQuillan, Highlanders Communications
June 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Highlanders youth development teams travel to Skagit River Park, located in Burlington, Washington for the 19th Annual Skagit Firecracker, June 14th. The tournament runs from the 14th to the 16th and is one of the longest running soccer tournaments in the Northwest.
The Highlanders have nine youth teams heading to the tournament with the U-15 and U-16 boys being coached by the Highlanders’ First Team’s Wes Barrett, while fellow teammate Blair Sturrock will be coaching the U-18 Boys. Neil Sedgwick, men’s Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Development, will coach the girls U-16’s and U-17’s.
“It’s a life experience for them,” said Sedgwick. “They play a lot of soccer growing up but it’s these trips, these tournaments, that they remember most. Every time they travel they learn a lot about themselves. It’s another opportunity in their long term development.”
Groups represented by the Highlanders are the boy’s U-13’s, U-14/15’s, U-16’s, U-18’s and girls U-13’s, U-15’s, U-16’s, and U-17’s.
The play will take place on 24 grass fields with festivities including fireworks and music. It’s a great opportunity for children to grow as players and socialize. Each team is guaranteed at least three games which will allow for plenty of play time for every player involved.
The Highlanders FC has 250 kids enrolled this year and provides additional training and playing opportunities. It allows training for players who want to develop year round.