The seventh annual Clash of the Titans soccer tournament will return to Invermere this spring.
Between May 24th and 26th the Columbia Valley Football Club for youth soccer will host 100 games for children from Grade 6 to Grade 12 at the fields located at JA Laird, David Thompson Secondary School and Mount Nelson Park.
“We have about 70 teams that play at the tournament from B.C. and Alberta,” said Rhiannon Tutty, Clash of the Titans spokesperson, adding the tournament is so popular, almost all the divisions have had waiting lists since February.
“They come with their families, so it’s more than 1,000 people that come into the valley for it… it’s going to be awesome, just like previous years. Our club itself this year has nine teams from Grade 6 through 12.”
In addition, the U12 (under 12) tournament will take place at Windermere School over the weekend.
But this year, there will be soccer scouts from colleges on-site to recruit talent for their schools.
“Quite a few of our players have received scholarships and have gone to college to play, so now the scouts are paying attention to our club,” she explained, noting two athletes off the top of her head.
Not only does the Columbia Valley’s invitational soccer tournament promise to offer families a competition to remember, it also offer many youths the opportunity to evolve as athletes, while helping the club generate revenue to cover operating costs for the coming year.
“It’s our number one fundraiser of the year,” she added. “The club revenue comes from the fundraiser. The remainder comes from registration fees and grants. We’ve been really lucky this year.”
Ms. Tutty offered a special shout out to Panorama Mountain Resort for offering to host referees at no cost for the tournament to run since 2016. That means, any additional money that might have been spent on accommodations will now be funneled directly back into the club.
Grants to help run the soccer program have come from Columbia Basin Trust, BC Community Gaming, Columbia Valley Community Foundation, the District of Invermere and the Regional District of East Kootenay.
“This funding helps up to run our club including buying new equipment. And when our equipment is replaced, we donate the used equipment to the schools in the Valley,” said Ms. Tutty. “As well, we have sent equipment, and jerseys down to other countries, such as into Mexico, when people travel, and provide for players who otherwise don’t have anything.”
While the schedules are not available until closer to the date, Ms. Tutty indicated that Clash of the Titans 2019 will run between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
To learn more about the competition, please visit: http://www.cvsoccer.ca/tournament.php for registration and contact information.
If anyone in the community would like to contribute to the team swag bags (with coupons on flyers etc) that each team gets or to donate prizes for Player of the Game, or if you want to be a volunteer, please contact Chair Rhiannon Tutty at her office at Sun Life, or call her office at 250-342-9052.