The North Bay Youth Soccer Club is ending this year.
“After serving the youth soccer community in North Bay and area since the early 1970s, our board has reached the difficult decision to end our program,” says Sue Knight, President of the North Bay Youth Soccer Club. With most of the board in their mid-70s, she says they were having difficulty recruiting younger members.
Knight also says with the Nipissing District Soccer Club now registering youth players they felt comfortable that their players would have a place to go.
“We wish to take this opportunity to thank the countless volunteers who made it possible for us to run successful youth soccer leagues for boys and girls for so many years,” Knight says.
Officials say multiple North Bay Youth Soccer players went on to play at the professional, university and collegiate levels while many young players became highly successful leaders and community builders.
“There is no doubt that some of the values instilled in them by their youth soccer coaches played a significant role in their development and achievements as adults,” says Paul Cook, head coach.
Along with working with the city to develop and maintain soccer fields in North Bay the club says it contributed to many projects over the years.
They include the West Ferris Trojan Alumni Complex, the turf field at Nipissing University and half a million dollars for the Omischl Sports Complex.
Several community groups, many with a focus on youth and youth sports will be receiving donations from the board later this year.
The club is also sending its best wishes to the Nipissing District Soccer Club as they continue to provide opportunities for young people in North Bay to play soccer.
Registration for youth ages 4-16 is taking place online at the following link: