IOC may have taken the trophy against Cliffs Natural Resources for the 2nd annual Iron Ore Cup, but at the end of the day it was Labrador West Minor Soccer who won.
The fun charity event was held last Sunday, where employees took part in a friendly match followed by donations of $5,000 from each company.
Tony Reccord, LWMSA president, said the donations are helpful in giving the league flexibility in next year’s planning.
“Issues like grants for student coaches, where we're not always certain what we'll get, this gives us the confidence to get them in place.”
Donations also help representatives travel to meetings held by the league’s governing body, the NLSA. Early next year, NLSA technical staff will also be brought to Labrador West for a coaching clinic and player developmental camps.
“It’s all things to help improve our association as a whole,” Reccord said.
The idea was initiated last year over a casual discussion with the manager of Cliffs, he said.
“It started as a very informal conversation, and I threw it to IOC and they liked the idea and it got traction immediately. Within a two or three week period of discussing it we were playing the game.”
This is the first year female players took part in the tournament. Reccord said by the time the question was raised last year the teams were already picked and it was too late.
“But this year we said why not. I coach a lot of minor, and the girls can really play soccer. So I was only happy to bring them in.”
See more photos from the event on pages B1 and B2 of The Aurora.