U7 Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association player Darby Hamar of the team Yellow Minions throws the ball in to her teammates Friday evening at the Esler Lake Ex fields during jamboree action.

U7 Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association player Darby Hamar of the team Yellow Minions throws the ball in to her teammates Friday evening at the Esler Lake Ex fields during jamboree action.

Mini Jamboree ends season on high note

Roughly 500 soccer players laced up their cleats last week at the U6 to U10 Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association Mini Wind Up Jamboree.

Roughly 500 soccer players laced up their cleats last week at the U6 to U10 Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association Mini Wind Up Jamboree.

Games began Thursday evening on downtown fields and stretched throughout the weekend, finishing Saturday at the Esler Sports Complex.

A testament to how many families are involved in Williams Lake youth soccer was a 30 minute traffic jam that backed vehicles up a kilometre in each direction, leaving soccer players to leave their parents behind to park vehicles while they ran off to their respective games.

“It shows you how many kids play soccer in Williams Lake,” said WLYSA mini director Christina Lambe. “It was a good turnout, and the weather was great.”

Lambe thanked all of the volunteers who helped make the season successful.

“Williams Lake youth soccer wouldn’t run without all the great volunteers to coach and to phone parents, and to the parents who bring their kids out every single Saturday and during the week for practices,” she said.

The senior (U11 to U18) windup starts today, June 17, with games wrapping up Saturday, June 20, at the Esler Sports Complex soccer fields.