Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club Soccer for life!

Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club Soccer for life!

Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club

Posted by Lindsay on September 12, 2017

This summer, four CMFSC players (Mikey Dale, Nicolas Barabash, Lucas Cavasin, Domenic Tomassetti) had the opportunity through sponsorship from the Rise and Shine Foundation, Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC, and Soccer Express, to attend the Rise & Shine Captains Camp.

The Rise and Shine Captains Camp is based on the platform that every kid should have dreams and aspirations they can believe in, whether they are sport-focused or related to other passions; for arts, music, academic studies, health & wellness... the sky is the limit.

Former professional athletes and founders of Rise & Shine Retreat, Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit, recognize the valuable life lessons and sense of empowerment that can come from sports and recreation. They appreciate the contribution sports make to overall emotional, mental, and physical health and the essential role sport plays in creating ambitious, high functioning members of society. Participation and engagement in sports can be very powerful in helping youth gear up for real life. Even beyond sports and recreation, this is about pursuing passions, and leading a well-rounded, healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

The Rise & Shine Retreat provides youth with opportunities to improve their athletic skills through a variety of sports and activities, while also teaching them how to grow into successful adults. They focus on important life skills like cooking & nutrition, public speaking, social media best practices, and unique strategies for dealing with team dynamics and coaching staff. Participants will go on adventures in the wilderness and then sit down by a bonfire for discussions on leadership, or for other character-building exercises.

More than just a sports camp, this is an all-encompassing life-skills camp. Participants will leave with their eyes wide open to their true potential, and with a strong drive and ambition to be the best version of themselves that they could ever be. For more information regarding the Rise & Shine Captains Camp, please view their website -

Reactions and comments from the attendees:

"I just wanted to thank you so much for nominating me and sponsoring me to attend the Jay DeMerit Captains Camp last week. I learned a lot from Jay, Terry and all of the mentors. It was a great experience and one that I will always remember. "

"The purpose of this email is to thank Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club for sending me to the Rise & Shine program. I learned soccer skills. Learned how to be a leader on and off the soccer field. I also got to go on cool adventures with my new soccer friends. I just wanted to share a little about what I learned and to say thank you again for sending me to the Rise & Shine program. It was the highlight of my summer."


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