STELLARTON – The Northern Nova United Soccer Club saw record numbers and many successes in the 2012 soccer season.
In the 2012 year, the club set a record for players’ number in the mini and recreational program, which Club President Korey Avery says bodes well for the future of the club.
“The U-4 and U-6 groups were particularly strong with approximately 170 players per age group,” said Avery. “In total we fielded over 60 teams from U-4 to U-16. The move back to a spring-fall season from the spring/summer appeared to attract better numbers.”
The club’s Tier II teams became reputable powerhouses with Northern Nova team’s winning six of the nine Highland Soccer League Divisions. The success continued on into the provincial tournament, where the club captured four medals, including a gold medal in the U-12 age group. The teams showed continued success throughout the season with various tournament medal standings over the course of the spring and summer.
“It is incredible to see where some of our teams ended up in regular standings to where they placed in the Highland Soccer League Playoffs and then provincials,” said Avery. “For example our U-14 Boys finished fourth in the regular standings and then earned gold in playoffs, and our U-12 Girls finished third in the regular standings, and then received gold in both the league playoffs, and then provincials.”
Avery attributes the success of the Tier II program in 2012 to the combination of experienced managers and new enthusiastic young people. The club also successfully introduced Tier II Standards, a defined set of expectations for players, parents and coaches, which enabled a more consistent experience for all teams in the club.
The club board held its Annual General Meeting in early January, and was pleased with the outstanding achievements and developments made in the 2012 season.
“We’re looking to build on our successes and further this club’s goal and initiatives to support our players, coaches and their families,” said Avery. “We have a few fun ideas up our (jersey) sleeves to bring some fresh ideas to the area, including hosting some tournaments and also finding ways to engage our club members in the global game.”