AMSA looking for new players


Terry Sawchuk

Terry Sawchuk

By Haley Rose

Bring your A game to town this season.

People are always looking for new ways to stay healthy and exercise, so why not kick in the new year by dribbling your way down to the Libro Centre to sign up for Amherstburg’s soccer league?

Soccer is fun and affordable for all ages, and will give kids the healthy boost of exercise they need. Roughly, 520 kids signed up to play in the leagues last year and this year Amherstburg minor soccer is hoping for even more participants.

The leagues are available for ages 4-18 and they also have some developmental teams starting to form which will be looking to grow in the coming years. Terry Sawchuk, the president of Amherstburg Minor Soccer Association, elaborated on the perks of being involved with Ontario Soccer Association, saying “there are several, like being able to travel and play in other member locations throughout Ontario and South Eastern Michigan. As a parent I want to ensure that my child is participating in a safe and fair environment, and being a member of OSA allows our officials to be trained and make the experience a fun and fair one. Also being a member of OSA allows our children to be covered under their insurance should an issue arise.”

Not only are members being asked to sign up but coaches are needed as well.

Sawchuk says, “Most parents want to get involved but maybe don’t know the game or are unsure of what to do. We are here to help and show you it’s not as difficult as it may seem. A coaches clinic will be held later this spring, where our technical director, Niels Kristensen, will provide first time and seasoned coaches the tools to make it a successful season. For the senior levels, it’s often hard to find coaches. This level is not so much coaching, it’s about support and making sure everyone gets a fair chance to play.”

The deadline for registry is fast approaching. The last chance to register is Feb. 1 at the Libro Centre (formerly known as the UCCU Complex), from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Online registration is also available 24/7. Uniform order will be placed by Feb. 15, and once all places are filled you will have to wait until the following year to register. Make your goal for the new year one that counts.

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