The South Dundas Soccer season got underway on Saturday with just over 400 soccer kids taking to the fields.
This year’s program is offering action in five age categories with eight teams in each of the U-6, U-8 and U-10 categories, six teams in the U-13 and four teams in the U-18.
Our numbers are about the same as last year, says association president Phillip Blancher.
“We have just over 70 coaches and 20 volunteers who are helping with the canteen and field maintenance. We opened on a beautiful morning, and had a great turnout and we are looking forward to a really good season.”
Although the canteen was open Saturday, it was not at full capacity. Thanks to two volunteers who have come forward to run it there will be expanded items available this Saturday, and “definitely some coffee”, says Blancher with a chuckle.
The association is pleased with the answer to the call that went out early this spring for more volunteers, but Blancher says a few more are still needed to help with field maintenance and the end of the year tournament in July (both for organizing and implementation of both the Friday night parade of nations and the Saturday soccer.)
Anyone who can help out can call Blancher at 543-2168.
The 2014 program got rolling Saturday with few changes with the exception of the teams at the higher age levels.
The U-12 was increased by one year to U13 to allow enough kids 14 to 18 years to make up a U-18, four-team division.
With this change a time adjustment was also made allowing for 90 minutes, 30 minutes for skills work and full 60 minutes for games with referees.
“We cut one team out, but we’ve enhanced the experience for the older kids,” says Blancher. “We got a lot of positive responses from this and also acquired a few new sign ups because of it.”
Blancher says the Association is absolutely delighted with the number of sponsors this year which include from Morrisburg: Tim Hortons, Home Hardware, Giant Tiger, Riley’s Valu-mart (sponsoring both sweaters and canteen), The Building Centre and Sports Fix; from Iroquois W.O. Stinson.
“Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to keep the costs down and our registration fees at $40,” says Blancher.