Sport

Junior soccer players enjoying winter competition in Cobram

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Junior Soccer Association is mid-way through the winter competition, with more than 300 children playing in 34 teams across under-7, under-9, under-11 and under-13 age groups.

‘‘We’ve just completed another round of competition and it’s been fantastic to see so many kids and their parents, grandparents and friends, getting out there and thoroughly enjoying their matches each Cobram Junior Soccer Association president Mario Pardo said.

‘‘Our competition has a real focus on having fun and we love that the kids of any age and ability can get involved on an equal basis, develop their skills and make new friends.’’

This year, the association, which also incorporates teams from Finley and Yarrawonga, modified its age groups to better align with the miniroos national playing format.

‘‘We have introduced a new under-5s age group program, which involves a skills session followed by a series of games, which has been incredibly popular and also very entertaining to watch,’’ Pardo said.

‘‘The girls under-11 competition is also stronger this year, with the nine-a-side format really helping the girls develop their skills and increasing the enjoyment of the game.

‘‘We’ve got lots of first time players in this competition and mixing more experienced players with newer players into sides has helped make games more competitive.’’

The under-7 and under-9 competitions have also grown, with more teams helping players to maximise game time and there is also a new under-13s format.

‘‘With the season around half-way through, the players have been having fun but also working to develop their individual skills, their team-based play and sportsmanship and we are looking forward to an even better second-half of the season,’’ Pardo said.

●Information about Cobram Junior Soccer Association can be found on the club’s Facebook page or by emailing the secretary at [email protected]