Youth soccer returns to East Ferris and Callander

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Youth aged 4 to 12 will soon return to the fields of East Ferris and Callander as soccer registration has opened for the June to August season. All games will be played at the Vrebosch Park in Corbeil and at Yarlasky Park in Callander.

The deadline to register is May 13, and forms are available on East Ferris’ and Callander’s websites, or you can pick up a copy at each town’s library. The cost is $75 per child, but that fee drops to $70 for each additional child in the same immediate family. The goal of the league is to get the kids out for some fun and exercise. It’s a non-competitive league.

And the four-year-old kids don’t play with the 12 years old ones. In the past, there have been three divisions, and the municipalities plan to follow suit again this season, depending on registration numbers. Division one is for those aged four to five. The six- to eight-year-old players fall into division two, and the nine- to 12-year-old kickers are in division three.

See: West Nipissing Soccer gearing up for the pitch

In the past, around 200 children participated in the league, which allowed for quite a few teams. “It’s our most popular program by far,” explained Greg Kirton, East Ferris’ director of community services.

Each team needs a coach, so the municipalities would appreciate anyone interested in volunteering to lead a team to reach out.

“We are always looking for coaches,” said Kirton. Usually, parents will step up to help, but it is also a good opportunity for older high school students to volunteer, especially with coaching the younger ones. A police check is necessary to coach, but the municipality will reimburse the cost. Call the East Ferris recreation department at 705-752-3566 if you would like to volunteer, or e-mail

Kirton mentioned that youth in smaller municipalities outside of East Ferris are also welcome to register if those municipalities do not have their own soccer program, such as Chisolm and Bonfield.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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