JG Sports Media spoke with Northumberland Soccer Club president Ryan Goodall to get an update on the organization.
Late May would normally be the time of year the Northumberland Soccer Club would hold meet-and-greets for players and coaches in their recreational house league programs.
Competitive teams in the club’s rep program run almost year-round now as they host off-season workouts during the winter on the indoor turf at the Baltimore Recreation Centre. A number of teams were, in fact, training prior to March, but that came to a halt.
Everything, obviously, is on hold for now as the organization awaits direction from Ontario Soccer, Goodall says.
As of May 19. the Ontario government did allow some outdoor sports facilities, including soccer fields, to open for recreational purposes.
Goodall noted the fields aren’t open “to organized amateur sport, but allowing up to five people just informally go and play out on the fields. So what that means is we can’t have our coaches going out with the kids, but parents can now take their children out and play on soccer fields, social distancing obviously in place, but still get out there and start kicking a soccer ball around, which is a great first step.”
If deemed safe, Goodall said the club is hopeful for a start in early July with rep and house seasons stretching into September.
Goodall said there were about 1,700 registered participants last year from around Northumberland and they are the biggest association in the summer.
So far there are around 1,000 players signed up for this summer.
“We told anyone basically sign up, you don’t have to worry about paying (at that time), if we run a program we’ll ask for payment then. Our development rep kids were already signed up anyways because we do our tryouts in September.”
Click the play button above to listen to the full interview, which also includes Ryan speaking about what programs the Northumberland Soccer Club has to offer for both children and adults.
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