Youth soccer program signups begin

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KINGFIELD – Children interested in an introduction to soccer and a chance to meet other local classmates can now sign up for the Western Mountain Youth Soccer Association.

Organizers intend to model the league after a similar program in Farmington, which is run through the local recreation department, but more accessible to kids and parents living in Strong, Kingfield, Phillips, Avon, Eustis, Stratton and other northern Franklin County communities. The focus will be on developing skills, learning to work as a team and meeting other children in the same general geographical area. Coaches and organizers are all volunteers.

The program also is an opportunity for kids to learn the skills that will help them be competitive when they enter MSAD 58’s excellent soccer programs in junior high school and high school.

Three age groupings; a Kindergarten, Grade 1 through 3, and Grade 4 through 6 will be available. The first session will be on Sunday, September 7, at Mt. Abram High School. The first two age bracket groups will begin their practice at 12:30 p.m., with the Grade 4 through 6 grouping beginning at 2:15 p.m.

There will be seven sessions in all, with jerseys issued on the second session. The sessions will be followed by a grade-school playoff tournament. The membership fee covers the cost of equipment, associated fees with Soccer Maine and the jerseys. The fee is $25 for a single player, $45 for two children and then $15 for every additional child beyond the second.

Sign up sheets are available through local schools. Questions can be emailed to WMYSA at soccerforkids@tds.net or through any Mt. Abram High School soccer coach.

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