BEDFORD – North Lawrence Community Schools’ soccer program for boys and girls will be extending to add middle school teams following a vote on Thursday from the district’s board of trustees.
The program will be led by Orbit board member and coach Brian Banks. It will not be officially run or funded by NLCS, though the corporation will support them by helping to promote it to students and allowing them to utilize their fields and equipment, Bedford North Lawrence Athletic Director Jeff Callahan told the board.
Teams will compete in the Southern Indiana Junior High Soccer Conference, along with other nearby schools including Barr-Reeve, Eastern Greene, Washington, Bloomfield and others.
All Lawrence County students in grades seven and eight that will eventually attend BNL are eligible.
According to a proposal to the board from Banks, who will coach the middle school boys team, preparation will take place from April-June. Players will begin participating in conditioning in July, with practices and games beginning in August.
The aim of the program is to provide additional opportunities for students, while better preparing them to play at the high school level.
“It just it seems like the time is right. So we’re thrilled to help grow the soccer offerings in Lawrence County with the addition of these middle school soccer teams, both boys and girls for seventh and eighth graders. So, the program will work hand-in-hand with the BNL men’s and women’s soccer programs to create a seamless transition from middle school into high school,” Banks said.