Council turns down Wingham Minor Hockey request

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WINGHAM – North Huron council received a letter, signed by the Wingham Minor Hockey Association executive, requesting that they reconsider the ice rates or consider some support for the upcoming season.

The letter said, “we respectfully write this letter to bring to your attention the challenges we are having to fund our upcoming 2021-22 season. Given the impact of COVID in the previous season, we, and our significant sponsors, were unable to fundraise in effort to maintain our current registration rates,” states the letter.

“I am not sure if you are aware but on an annual basis the Silverstick Committee donates $15,000 to our organization. We use these funds to support our younger youth in a lower registration rate, skills development and to help offset our ice rates.”

The letter says Wingham Minor Hockey’s registration rates have declined and are continuing to decline almost daily due to the mandatory vaccine requirement for eligible players.

“We currently sit today at approximately a 12 per cent decline in registration,” states the letter.

The letter referred to neighbouring township’s utilization of COVID relief money, saying, “we understand that the Township of Minto has provided their Minor Hockey Association with a $12,000 COVID relief payment. We also understand that Listowel Minor Hockey will approach their town council (on Sept. 13) to request support. We feel that minor sports has such a positive effect on the community as a whole and our children in it.”

Councillors were sympathetic to the association’s troubles but could not provide any financial assistance at this time.

The current issues that North Huron’s community centres are having financially were cited as the main reason for the township being unable to support the minor hockey association.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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