LETHBRIDGE: The Lethbridge Sport Council is celebrating some positive returns this year. The group is gaining momentum with two successful national events in the last six months. Both the 2011 Football Canada Cup and the Under 16 National Soccer Event, hosted in Lethbridge, finished off in the black financially.
The soccer event made $3,500, while the football event made $32,000. Mal Clewes, the host committee chair for the Canada Cup, explained the surplus will go toward programs to support future events and athletes in the city.
"One option is the enhancement of facilities, the other is setting up a fund to assist local athletes in competing in future Football Canada Cups," he told Country 95 News Monday of the event that saw upwards of 3,000 people in attendance and drew an estimated $1.4 million worth of revenue to the Lethbridge area. Either way, he added, such successes prove Lethbridge's ability to hold similar events in future.
"The Lethbridge Sport Council has demonstrated that they can put forward bids to host almost any kind of competition in our city and expect them to be successful," he said. "That's Lethbridge. We've got a sport-conscious community and we're very fortunate to be here."
The Lethbridge Sport Council is now gearing up for the 2012 Alberta Summer Games, which will be hosted in Lethbridge this July.