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week-long youth soccer tournament. Brauen Morris, Noah Larocque, Noah Colbourne and Justin Potvin are heading to Londonderry, Ireland to play in the largest youth soccer tournament in the world as part

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Brauen Morris (à gauche), Justin Potvin, Noah Larocque et Noah Colbourne se préparent à représenter Clarence-Rockland au sein des Ottawa Gloucester Hornets lors des plus grands tournois compétitifs de football pour jeunes en Irlande. —photo Joseph Coppolino



of the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Under-17 soccer team. The O’Neill’s Foyle Cup has run for three decades and attracts hundreds of teams from around the world every year, making it a highly competitive tournament. “You have to qualify to even enter,” said Troy Morris, Brauen’s father and member of the coaching staff heading to Ireland. “They don’t just take anyone. It’s a privilege to be able to go.” The four Clarence-Rockland teens joi- ned the Hornets three years back when Rockland’s competitive youth team was unable to field a team and the boys sought higher competition. Now the players will be representing their home town on the international stage, showing European and other international youth clubs that Canadian soccer players can compete with the best of them at the highest levels. “It’s important we don’t make a bad impression of people from here,” said Col- bourne. “We want to represent our club and Canada well.”

“It is cool to know that being from Rockland, a small town, we are able to go to this big tournament and represent the club.” added Potvin. The boys are not ignorant to the chance they are being given to travel abroad and play a sport they love, recognizing they are lucky to participate in something so big. “We are really excited, it’s a great oppor- tunity,” said Laroque. “Not everyone gets to go to Europe for a soccer tournament.” However, the boys are not free of nerves. The team will be playing with just 12 players and several call-ups from the younger age group, Potvin included. Brauen knows they just need to keep their heads down and work hard for the best possible result. “The chemistry won’t be the same without our whole team there,” said Brauen. “We just need to play our game and have fun.” The tournament runs from July 18 to July 23 with the team of 12 boys heading across the pond on July 14. Education values our strong relationship with the Upper Canada District School Board,” said Donna Lahache, AMBE Director of Education. “The ongoing collaboration and open communication with the CCVS and AMBE Team continues to enhance services and opportunities for Akwesasne students.” Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, the UCDSB puts a strong focus on Indigenous education. At CCVS specifically, there is a Mohawk Lan- guage course, a for-credit lacrosse program, and a for-credit Thompson Island cultural camp experience. “This partnership is more than just a service agreement. It’s a commitment from the Upper Canada District School Board to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about themselves, and the culture around them. All students benefit from this agreement and I’m looking forward to what is to come in the future,” says UCDSB Chair John McAllister.

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