Redeemer, Ancaster Soccer Club make pitch for new domed field

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

A fundraising drive is now underway for Redeemer University College’s new domed soccer complex, in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking event marked the official kick off for the domed artificial turf field and field house expansion at the Christian liberal arts university. The total project cost of $4.8 million has been offset by provincial and federal government grants totaling $2.6 million.

The city’s audit and administration committee unanimously approved a $1 million interest-free loan for the project on Wednesday. The agreement includes a 50 per cent community use agreement for the facility.

Fundraising campaign director Trish Mongeon said the remaining money will come from a mixture of individual and corporate donors.

“We’re starting to make those calls,” Ms. Mongeon said. “There’s a lot of excitement already.”

Ancaster Soccer Club recently appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as technical director and honourary chair of the capital campaign.

Barbara Gardiner, branch manager of Meridian Credit Union Ancaster, said donations for the soccer project can be made at the local branch in Duff’s Corners at 1100 Wilson St. W. Donations are tax-deductible.

The soccer expansion includes two articial turf fields. One field will be covered from November to April by an air-supported dome, while the other will remain uncovered year-round. Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. The domed field will have limited seating.

Redeemer president Dr. Justin Cooper said the complex will include two entrances, one for the community with access along Kitty Murray Lane and another for students, facing the residence buildings.

“We’re here to support the community and to reach out to the community,” Mr. Cooper said.

Redeemer athletic director Dave Mantel said the new soccer complex will give the school a premier sports venue. Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only school in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The soccer complex will host Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer games during the academic year. Ancaster Soccer Club and other community groups will have primary use of the facilities during the late spring and summer.

“In the summer, we have very little need for the facility,” Mr. Mantel said. “That’s why we worked out an agreement between Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer for community use.”

Redeemer communications director Tim Wolfert said the complex could also be used for conferences and special events.

Ancaster Soccer Club president Jim Bethune said the new fields will allow the annual Heritage Days soccer tournament to invite an additional 20 teams. Using virtually every soccer pitch in Ancaster, the annual June tournament welcomes about 5,000 soccer players to town. Interest in the tournament is so great that organizers must turn teams away. Ancaster Soccer Club is also growing its membership numbers, Mr. Bethune said, with an estimated 2,500 players, making soccer Ancaster’s number one participation sport.

“We strongly believe that we are going to buildagreatlegacyfor allofourkids,”Mr. Bethune said.

Youth soccer player Rachel Webber, 13, said her involvement in soccer has improved her self-confidence and sense of well-being.

“I wish every young person in our community had the opportunity to experience this –to be part of something that helps you grow in so many ways. And I think this new facility will really help me. For me, as a rep player, the opportunity to practice year-round is great.”

Field construction is slated to begin this fall. The goal for completion is fall, 2010.

Redeemer, Ancaster Soccer Club make pitch for new domed field

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

A fundraising drive is now underway for Redeemer University College’s new domed soccer complex, in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking event marked the official kick off for the domed artificial turf field and field house expansion at the Christian liberal arts university. The total project cost of $4.8 million has been offset by provincial and federal government grants totaling $2.6 million.

The city’s audit and administration committee unanimously approved a $1 million interest-free loan for the project on Wednesday. The agreement includes a 50 per cent community use agreement for the facility.

Fundraising campaign director Trish Mongeon said the remaining money will come from a mixture of individual and corporate donors.

“We’re starting to make those calls,” Ms. Mongeon said. “There’s a lot of excitement already.”

Ancaster Soccer Club recently appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as technical director and honourary chair of the capital campaign.

Barbara Gardiner, branch manager of Meridian Credit Union Ancaster, said donations for the soccer project can be made at the local branch in Duff’s Corners at 1100 Wilson St. W. Donations are tax-deductible.

The soccer expansion includes two articial turf fields. One field will be covered from November to April by an air-supported dome, while the other will remain uncovered year-round. Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. The domed field will have limited seating.

Redeemer president Dr. Justin Cooper said the complex will include two entrances, one for the community with access along Kitty Murray Lane and another for students, facing the residence buildings.

“We’re here to support the community and to reach out to the community,” Mr. Cooper said.

Redeemer athletic director Dave Mantel said the new soccer complex will give the school a premier sports venue. Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only school in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The soccer complex will host Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer games during the academic year. Ancaster Soccer Club and other community groups will have primary use of the facilities during the late spring and summer.

“In the summer, we have very little need for the facility,” Mr. Mantel said. “That’s why we worked out an agreement between Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer for community use.”

Redeemer communications director Tim Wolfert said the complex could also be used for conferences and special events.

Ancaster Soccer Club president Jim Bethune said the new fields will allow the annual Heritage Days soccer tournament to invite an additional 20 teams. Using virtually every soccer pitch in Ancaster, the annual June tournament welcomes about 5,000 soccer players to town. Interest in the tournament is so great that organizers must turn teams away. Ancaster Soccer Club is also growing its membership numbers, Mr. Bethune said, with an estimated 2,500 players, making soccer Ancaster’s number one participation sport.

“We strongly believe that we are going to buildagreatlegacyfor allofourkids,”Mr. Bethune said.

Youth soccer player Rachel Webber, 13, said her involvement in soccer has improved her self-confidence and sense of well-being.

“I wish every young person in our community had the opportunity to experience this –to be part of something that helps you grow in so many ways. And I think this new facility will really help me. For me, as a rep player, the opportunity to practice year-round is great.”

Field construction is slated to begin this fall. The goal for completion is fall, 2010.

Redeemer, Ancaster Soccer Club make pitch for new domed field

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

A fundraising drive is now underway for Redeemer University College’s new domed soccer complex, in partnership with Ancaster Soccer Club.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking event marked the official kick off for the domed artificial turf field and field house expansion at the Christian liberal arts university. The total project cost of $4.8 million has been offset by provincial and federal government grants totaling $2.6 million.

The city’s audit and administration committee unanimously approved a $1 million interest-free loan for the project on Wednesday. The agreement includes a 50 per cent community use agreement for the facility.

Fundraising campaign director Trish Mongeon said the remaining money will come from a mixture of individual and corporate donors.

“We’re starting to make those calls,” Ms. Mongeon said. “There’s a lot of excitement already.”

Ancaster Soccer Club recently appointed former professional soccer player Lou Nagy as technical director and honourary chair of the capital campaign.

Barbara Gardiner, branch manager of Meridian Credit Union Ancaster, said donations for the soccer project can be made at the local branch in Duff’s Corners at 1100 Wilson St. W. Donations are tax-deductible.

The soccer expansion includes two articial turf fields. One field will be covered from November to April by an air-supported dome, while the other will remain uncovered year-round. Washrooms and change rooms will be located within the field house. The domed field will have limited seating.

Redeemer president Dr. Justin Cooper said the complex will include two entrances, one for the community with access along Kitty Murray Lane and another for students, facing the residence buildings.

“We’re here to support the community and to reach out to the community,” Mr. Cooper said.

Redeemer athletic director Dave Mantel said the new soccer complex will give the school a premier sports venue. Redeemer will join Algonquin College in Ottawa as the only school in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association with a domed facility.

The soccer complex will host Redeemer Royals mens and womens soccer games during the academic year. Ancaster Soccer Club and other community groups will have primary use of the facilities during the late spring and summer.

“In the summer, we have very little need for the facility,” Mr. Mantel said. “That’s why we worked out an agreement between Ancaster Soccer Club and Redeemer for community use.”

Redeemer communications director Tim Wolfert said the complex could also be used for conferences and special events.

Ancaster Soccer Club president Jim Bethune said the new fields will allow the annual Heritage Days soccer tournament to invite an additional 20 teams. Using virtually every soccer pitch in Ancaster, the annual June tournament welcomes about 5,000 soccer players to town. Interest in the tournament is so great that organizers must turn teams away. Ancaster Soccer Club is also growing its membership numbers, Mr. Bethune said, with an estimated 2,500 players, making soccer Ancaster’s number one participation sport.

“We strongly believe that we are going to buildagreatlegacyfor allofourkids,”Mr. Bethune said.

Youth soccer player Rachel Webber, 13, said her involvement in soccer has improved her self-confidence and sense of well-being.

“I wish every young person in our community had the opportunity to experience this –to be part of something that helps you grow in so many ways. And I think this new facility will really help me. For me, as a rep player, the opportunity to practice year-round is great.”

Field construction is slated to begin this fall. The goal for completion is fall, 2010.