Prince George to host boys soccer provincials in July

Terrol Russell, Prince George Youth Soccer Association club manager. Bill Phillips photo
Terrol Russell, Prince George Youth Soccer Association club manager. Bill Phillips photo

There will be plenty of soccer action in Prince George this summer, especially from July 4-7.

That’s when the Prince George Youth Soccer Association will be hosting the 2019 Les Sinnot Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup.

Mayor Lyn Hall announces the city will host the 2019 Les Sinnot Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup in July. Bill Phillips photo
Mayor Lyn Hall announces the city will host the 2019 Les Sinnot Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup in July. Bill Phillips photo

More than 2,000 participants, spectators, and officials will descend on Prince George for the competition.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase this facility,” Mayor Lyn Hall said in announcing the championships at the PGYSA indoor facility on Winnipeg Street. “And to showcase what I think are the best grass fields in the province.”

The newly refurbished Masich Place Stadium, with artificial turf, will also feature prominently.

“That’s going to bode well for this tournament and I’m really pleased to have it up and running,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to get out and see some top-notch soccer in our community.”

Terrol Russell, PGYSA club manager, said the association is currently going through a five phase development plan and the championships fit right in.

“We’re planning on building the club over the next five years to reach a certain level within the province and within Canada by 2023,” he said. “We’re currently working on a number of initiatives for athletes, coaches and officials … This initiative is a very important aspect of our planning … It’s going to set the groundwork of where we want to go.”

The event will involve 48 teams, which means about 1,100 participants in six different age groups.

“This is the largest soccer tournament at the redeveloped stadium,” said Annie Doran of Tourism Prince George. “We are expecting about 2,000 visitors to our city.

According to Tourism Prince George and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM), this event is expected to bring over $1.3M in economic impact for the city, and over $1.5M for the province.

PGYSA President Kerrie Secor says hosting this event is about more than economic impact, the benefits for the club are substantial.

“Hosting provincials in our community allows us the opportunity to showcase the fantastic facilities and amenities our city has to offer, but this is also a chance for our players to compete in front of their family and friends at an exceptional level,” said Secor. “We have many qualified coaches, referees, and players in our area and are looking forward to offering a great tournament and experience for all involved.”

The championships will take place at Masich Place Stadium, Rotary Soccer Fields, and the Prince George Soccer Association Fields. For more information, visit www.pgysa.bc.ca.