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Fury FC Coach to Visit Nunavut

June 15, 2017 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Ottawa 67's News Release

OTTAWA - First Assist Initiative and Canada Soccer have announced upcoming soccer clinics in Whale Cove, Nunavut that will run from June 15-18. The clinics will be run by Ottawa Fury FC Elite Girls Program head coach and Fury F.I.T. Program coach Audra Sherman with assistance from Canadian Women's National Team Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallists, Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan.

"I'm both honoured and excited to be part of this experience," said Sherman who has spent more than a decade working with youth players. "This game has given me so much - as a player and a coach - and is such a valuable learning tool. I look forward to working with Ashley and Kadeisha to share our experiences and knowledge with the youth in Whale Cove."

Whale Cove is an Inuit community located in the Kivalliq Region of the Canadian Artic, 72 km south of Rankin Inlet. The primary language is Inuktitut with 67% of the 427-person population under the age of 25. The soccer clinics are designed for youth aged 9-16.

Whilst in the community, Lawrence, Buchanan and Sherman will experience all the adventures Whale Cove has to offer, including beluga whale watching, visiting Inuglak School, and participating in a community feast where they will be the guests of honour. The players will also be available for autograph and photo sessions following their clinic.

In addition to being the head coach of the Fury FC Girls Elite Program, Sherman also leads the bourgeoning Fury F.I.T. Program (Fanatics In Training). Launched with the goal of creating new partnerships with soccer clubs in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, F.I.T. has proven to be both successful and popular with the local clubs as Fury FC players and coaches work in collaboration with club coaches to design and execute professional development programs that meet the needs of each club. The F.I.T. Program offers Skills Centres, Team Training, Goalkeeper Training, Soccer-Specific Conditioning Clinics, Girls Only Clinics, Volunteer Coach Clinics, One Day or Full Week Clinics and Camps.

"We're so thrilled with the early success of the F.I.T. Program," said Sherman. "To provide clubs with an opportunity to partner with a professional club and work alongside coaches and players that bring so much experience and passion to the game is a great benefit to the players of tomorrow that are developing in our communities."

To view photos of this exciting forthcoming event, please visit First Assist Initiative's Facebook page (@firstassistinitiative), Twitter (@first_assist_) and Instagram (@firstassistinitiative).

First Assist Initiative is a non-profit that seeks to engage high school youth living in First Nation and Inuit communities who have demonstrated perseverance and/or commitment in their formal education. We aim to help these youths in realizing, understanding, and ultimately taking advantage of the opportunities available to them, both on and off their home reserves with the goal of attending a post-secondary institution.

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