DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Changes could be coming to the Uxbridge Soccer Club in the near-future, including upgrades at the Fields of Uxbridge.
At council’s meeting on the morning of Monday, Dec. 14, Club President Grant Oliver outlined the changes in the works for the local club, which includes more than 1,000 local players.
With several challenges facing the local club, most notably including declining registration, increasing costs and a lack of infrastructure at the Fields of Uxbridge, the club is preparing for operational changes in the coming years.
Mr. Oliver noted that the club is currently engaging with a consultant to help improve the efforts of connecting local players with opportunities to be involved with soccer. Among the measures currently being explored include a potential merger between the Uxbridge Soccer Club, the Scugog Soccer Club and North Durham United FC, the local representative organization, as well as consolidating all of Uxbridge’s soccer pitches into one location at the Fields of Uxbridge, on the site of the former St. John’s Training School at the corner of Main St. North and Ball Rd. To accomplish this, the club proposed to transition the current fields from Herrema Fields in the Barton Farms subdivision, requiring a new senior pitch and two mid-size fields and lighting to be installed at the Fields of Uxbridge, which would also aid the club’s ongoing security concerns at the site.
“We want the Fields of Uxbridge to provide a facility that fits the needs of the Uxbridge Soccer Club for the next 20 years within the updated Master Plan,” explained Mr. Oliver, who also added that the location would fulfil the club’s projected future needs based on population data.
Under the plan, as Mr. Oliver noted, soccer pitches would utilize the northen portion of the Fields of Uxbridge, leaving the south of the property open to further recreation projects such as a new aquatic centre, tennis courts and the proposed pump park.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor noted that should Herrema Fields be relocated to the Fields of Uxbridge, it would mean the property would become surplus, enabling the township to sell the property to offset construction costs. As well, the mayor noted that several local youth sports organizations are currently seeing a downward trend in registration numbers.
“Registration seems to come in peaks and valleys. We seem to be in a valley right now with all of our youth sports, the arena is down for hockey and our camps are also down.”
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