By Tara Copeland
My name is Tara Copeland and I am a recent graduate of Lord Bing Secondary School. I coached soccer under JBST Soccer Academy from January to July 2013 during which I acquired coaching, mentorship, and leadership skills. Because I enjoyed this experience so much I accepted the offer to coach children again this summer.
I am currently a student at the University of Scotland where I am doing my Bachelor’s degree in History. In Scotland, soccer is as popular as hockey is in Canada. I would like to transmit the same passion the Scottish have for soccer to our young Canadian brothers and sisters.
Working at the JBST soccer camps at Elm Park during the first week of July 2013 has been a memorable experience filled with lots of laughs and smiles. As a coach, I can’t help but feel proud as I watch the children improve and their enthusiasm for the world’s favourite sport expand. It is so rewarding to see their excited faces when they score a goal or how proud they are of themselves when they show me how many times they can juggle the ball.
Seeing the children enjoy themselves while they play is what I will remember from this week. It is their giggles and effort while kicking the ball up and down the field as well as their love for playing that keeps the game alive.
I realize that camps where children can learn the sport and have fun (such as ours) play a very crucial role in helping children discover and cultivate their love for the beautiful game of soccer. I will look back on this week with joy, for this is a week that epitomized why I love to coach.