(ISN) – (Vancouver, BC) – Local Youth Players will serve as Vancouver Ball Crew for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ this coming June. The North Shore Girls Soccer Club was awarded 28 positions for the Vancouver Venue Ball Crew. This marks the first opportunity for youth soccer players to be involved in this summer’s tournament in Vancouver.
The North Shore Girls Soccer Club will send 28 youth players between the ages of 15-17 to engage pitch-side in all nine of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches at BC Place in Vancouver. Ball Crew Members are responsible for ensuring one ball is kept in play for as long as possible during the course of a match. The Ball Crew position supports the players and match officials and is a critical role for maintaining the flow of the game.
“Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be a game changer for the sport of soccer in Canada,” said Rita Rogers, Vancouver Venue General Manager, National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. “We are excited to engage young female athletes from the local community for this opportunity. These youth players will be inspired by the world-class athletes participating in the tournament and this experience will help them reach their own goals.”
“Seeing first hand the world’s best female soccer players in action is a tremendous opportunity for these youth players, some of whom will go on to represent the province and even the nation as our future soccer stars,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “What a great way to ignite passion and spark dreams.”
“We are extremely honoured and excited about the opportunity to provide the ball crew for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™,” said Tony Bacchus, President of North Shore Girls Soccer Club. “This is going to be an unforgettable experience for these young ladies. We are so pleased that they will be given a chance to experience such a world-class event in this way. As a soccer club, one of our goals is (the ability) to provide experiences to our players that create strong ties to the wonderful sport of soccer. We cannot think of a better way to do this.”
Vancouver match play kicks off on 8 June with a Group Stage doubleheader featuring the reigning world champions Japan. It all wraps up with the Final Match on 5 July 2015 where the greatest prize in the sport will be awarded.