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On June 29, members of the Kincardine Minor Soccer organization gathered to present Municipality of Kincardine representatives and mayor Glover with a cheque for $60,000, money raised by the club to assist in covering the cost of upgrading washroom, concession and storage facilities at the Bruce Avenue soccer fields.
President Stuart Killan provided background information on the history of the fields, starting with a plan the club developed in 2005 to sell property to developers building new homes, and to use the profits to develop the soccer fields.
“There are 250 homes built with tax revenues in the region of $1.25 million,” said Killan. “Soccer is good business.”
The club embarked on an ambitious fundraising plan to fund the three-phase development. When money ran out in 2008, they presented their proposal to council. They would return to council over the coming years as they continued to fundraise. One of the directors at that time, Gord Kemp, was thanked for his efforts hosting successful fundraisers over the years. Killan mentioned the Ford Drive 4 Your Community event in 2003 that raised over $5,000.
Killan said “if at first you don’t succeed… try… try again,”and we did.
KMS already has its eye on future projects, with Killan mentioning the addition of a picnic shelter, player benches or shelter, some bike racks and a playground.
It’s been a difficult year for organized sports, with pandemic restrictions holding up the opportunity of players and coaches to return to the field. Killan says soccer the largest sport in town, with just under 600 players registered for the 2021 season.
“Our club, in consultation with the Ontario Soccer Association, the municipality and health department, has made plans to have the beautiful game return to Kincardine fields this summer,” said KMS PR director John Adams. “While it has certainly not been an easy journey, it is one we have undertaken in the hopes of getting our area youth back into some physical activity, as well as providing them the opportunity to connect and socialize with real people, instead of a digital face on a flatscreen.”
Ann Marie Ruthven, who volunteers as registrar for KMS, says “soccer isn’t just about winning; soccer is a union of players working towards the same goal. You may not win that game, but you gain knowledge and skills with every opportunity to work together with a new set of people and skills. Some of winnings you experience and gain are not measure in goals or medals but in personal skills and personal challenges and growth- The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
“My father used to tell me ‘you’ll learn a lot about life with the balls of your feet , in sports and life skill is the art of turning limitations into virtues’. With so many things uncertain lately, COVID has taught us that we don’t accomplish anything without help from someone else.“
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent