Redeemer soccer fields will benefit wider community, says MPP McMeekin

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A $2.6 million grant for new soccer fields at Redeemer University College is money well spent as far as MPP Ted McMeekin is concerned.

Mr. McMeekin said he fully supports the plan that will allow community access to two refurbished artificial turf soccer fields at the private Christian liberal arts university. The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $1 million in infrastructure funding, on top of the $600,000 pledged by the federal government on July 2. Funding will allow the university to refurbish an existing field with artificial turf and build a second field with a dome cover and field house.

In an interview, Mr. McMeekin responded to recent criticism of government grants awarded to private schools. He said the project is intended as a community based facility. Mr. McMeekin said soccer is the country’s fastest growing sport.

He said the Redeemer partnership is an effective use of public money because it eliminates the need to purchase additional land. Redeemer will also address the field maintenance.

“I was asked to support it and I had no hesitation in doing so,” said Mr. McMeekin. “It’s more cost-effective to have it maintained by Redeemer.”

Bill van Staalduinen, Redeemer’s vice-president of advancenment, said the project has been a community based partnership from the very beginning. The fields will be used by the Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer teams during the academic year, but the facilities will be available to the Ancaster Soccer Club throughout the summer for evening games.

Mr. van Staalduinen said the university applied for government infrastructure funding in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

He said he is disappointed by the recent criticism of government infrastructure funding for faith-based schools.

“It’s disheartening to me that they would take that tact,” said Mr. van Staalduinen.

The additional $2 million funding was quietly announced in a federal ministry of energy and infrastructure news release on July 7. A formal announcement was held yesterday.

An online petition by Collingwood resident Lorne Kenny criticized the federal government for providing a $523,000 grant to the private Pretty River Academy in Collingwood.

The petition, which makes no mention of Redeemer, nonetheless ignited a media debate about government funding for private institutions.

Redeemer soccer fields will benefit wider community, says MPP McMeekin

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A $2.6 million grant for new soccer fields at Redeemer University College is money well spent as far as MPP Ted McMeekin is concerned.

Mr. McMeekin said he fully supports the plan that will allow community access to two refurbished artificial turf soccer fields at the private Christian liberal arts university. The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $1 million in infrastructure funding, on top of the $600,000 pledged by the federal government on July 2. Funding will allow the university to refurbish an existing field with artificial turf and build a second field with a dome cover and field house.

In an interview, Mr. McMeekin responded to recent criticism of government grants awarded to private schools. He said the project is intended as a community based facility. Mr. McMeekin said soccer is the country’s fastest growing sport.

He said the Redeemer partnership is an effective use of public money because it eliminates the need to purchase additional land. Redeemer will also address the field maintenance.

“I was asked to support it and I had no hesitation in doing so,” said Mr. McMeekin. “It’s more cost-effective to have it maintained by Redeemer.”

Bill van Staalduinen, Redeemer’s vice-president of advancenment, said the project has been a community based partnership from the very beginning. The fields will be used by the Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer teams during the academic year, but the facilities will be available to the Ancaster Soccer Club throughout the summer for evening games.

Mr. van Staalduinen said the university applied for government infrastructure funding in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

He said he is disappointed by the recent criticism of government infrastructure funding for faith-based schools.

“It’s disheartening to me that they would take that tact,” said Mr. van Staalduinen.

The additional $2 million funding was quietly announced in a federal ministry of energy and infrastructure news release on July 7. A formal announcement was held yesterday.

An online petition by Collingwood resident Lorne Kenny criticized the federal government for providing a $523,000 grant to the private Pretty River Academy in Collingwood.

The petition, which makes no mention of Redeemer, nonetheless ignited a media debate about government funding for private institutions.

Redeemer soccer fields will benefit wider community, says MPP McMeekin

News Aug 28, 2009 Ancaster News

A $2.6 million grant for new soccer fields at Redeemer University College is money well spent as far as MPP Ted McMeekin is concerned.

Mr. McMeekin said he fully supports the plan that will allow community access to two refurbished artificial turf soccer fields at the private Christian liberal arts university. The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $1 million in infrastructure funding, on top of the $600,000 pledged by the federal government on July 2. Funding will allow the university to refurbish an existing field with artificial turf and build a second field with a dome cover and field house.

In an interview, Mr. McMeekin responded to recent criticism of government grants awarded to private schools. He said the project is intended as a community based facility. Mr. McMeekin said soccer is the country’s fastest growing sport.

He said the Redeemer partnership is an effective use of public money because it eliminates the need to purchase additional land. Redeemer will also address the field maintenance.

“I was asked to support it and I had no hesitation in doing so,” said Mr. McMeekin. “It’s more cost-effective to have it maintained by Redeemer.”

Bill van Staalduinen, Redeemer’s vice-president of advancenment, said the project has been a community based partnership from the very beginning. The fields will be used by the Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer teams during the academic year, but the facilities will be available to the Ancaster Soccer Club throughout the summer for evening games.

Mr. van Staalduinen said the university applied for government infrastructure funding in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

He said he is disappointed by the recent criticism of government infrastructure funding for faith-based schools.

“It’s disheartening to me that they would take that tact,” said Mr. van Staalduinen.

The additional $2 million funding was quietly announced in a federal ministry of energy and infrastructure news release on July 7. A formal announcement was held yesterday.

An online petition by Collingwood resident Lorne Kenny criticized the federal government for providing a $523,000 grant to the private Pretty River Academy in Collingwood.

The petition, which makes no mention of Redeemer, nonetheless ignited a media debate about government funding for private institutions.