BROCKTON – The soccer fields in Brockton are busy most evenings, whether it’s adults playing a match or Timbits practising their skills.
This year, Walkerton FC (Football Club) has 280 registrations, including people in the adult program.
Sarah Coleman, the club’s acting president, noted many other clubs in the area decided not to run a program this summer.
Walkerton decided to go ahead, and follow COVID protocols. The number of people registered show it was the right decision.
“It’s definitely a healthy year despite COVID,” Coleman said.
Next year promises to be even busier for the local soccer community, since Walkerton’s Sacred Heart High School will be hosting OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) boys soccer the first weekend in June 2022.
The soccer fields are a real asset to the community, and Coleman said she’s looking forward to seeing improvements the municipality has been discussing.
The Walkerton FC program couldn’t run without volunteers – coaches, assistants, and people to serve on the executive. Coleman said the executive right now consists of six dedicated people, all of whom would welcome new members to share the workload.
It isn’t necessary to have children in the program – Coleman doesn’t. All it takes is a desire to give back to the community, and help children who want to participate in the most popular sport in the world.
“Kids learn life skills and teamwork they couldn’t learn anywhere else,” Coleman said.
Programming takes place at the fields Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Anyone who’d like to be part of the Walkerton FC team of volunteers should email email@example.com.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times