Desperately seeking volunteers

Derek Montague
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Minor Soccer Association hoping more parents will ‘step up’

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association is looking for more volunteers to help out the kids, like young Joshua Dyson,for the upcoming season and beyond.

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association is desperate for volunteers to step forward and help out with the upcoming soccer season and beyond.

Trevor Paine, who has been spearheading the soccer program in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for nearly 30 years, says that, even though the season is a few months long, the program needs year-round support.

“It’s a seasonal thing, so people get involved April time, just before the start of the Shriners (indoor) program. For the most part they stay on the executive until September when the season’s over,” said Paine.

“But soccer is now a year-round program. Things have to be done offseason. Throughout the winter, there’s a winter program, there’s fundraising that can be done for different things.”

Soccer has long been one of the most popular sports in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, especially amongst youth. That won’t be changing anytime soon. According to Paine, around 600 children between the ages of 3-16 will be registered for a soccer program this season.

The number of programs and events that the minor association needs help with reads like a grocery list. There’s the senior Labrador Cup, junior Labrador Cup, Shriners indoor program, pro camp, soccer festival, and more.

“We’ve taken over the two (soccer) fields now. So, we’ve got great support from the town, but we’re basically looking after those, making sure they’re in great shape. So that’s a job that needs to be done this summer,” said Paine.

“You got eight all-star teams traveling. They all need managers, they all need coaches, they all do fundraising, so there’s a heck of a lot of work that needs to be done.”

Right now, there are six people committed to volunteering for programs and committees throughout the whole year. But Paine said that’s only half of what’s needed.

Paine is hoping that the association’s annual meeting, scheduled for March 25 at the College of the North Atlantic, will stir some interest. Attending the meeting, said Paine, is the best way for potential volunteers, and potential coaches, to get an idea of what minor soccer is all about.

“We need more people to step up to say, ‘yes, I’m going to help out the program, because my kid is involved,’” said Paine.

“You need other people (besides us) to keep the program going. Some of us aren’t getting any younger, and I’ve been doing this for 29 years now. And I’ll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy it. More than anything else, it’s a great volunteer job.”

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association is asking those interested in volunteering, or coaching, to attend the meeting or call Pat Loder, Paul Motty, Gail Rowsell, or Trevor Paine at 896-7251.

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

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Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association, Shriners

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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