Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The snow is finally gone, the ice has melted and the grass is green again. With the spring weather comes the beginning of another exciting soccer season for the boys and girls of North Durham. I want to thank The Standard for their support of local soccer, and for running this column in their sports section for a third year running.
North Durham United Football Club, which is the rep soccer organization that provides teams from U8 to U18 for both boys and girls, is entering their 7th season. An anticipated 15 different teams will be playing in the Long Term Development Program (LTPD) schedule for ages U12 and under, the newly formed Durham Regional Soccer League (DRSL) for the U13 and competitive teams, and in various League Cup matches.
The teams will also be representing their home club in tournaments throughout Ontario and in local Festivals. One of the big events of the year is the 5th Annual Summer Soccer Festival, which is hosted by North Durham United FC, running on the weekend of July 8th and 9th, at the Scugog Soccer Fields in Port Perry. The event will include soccer games, a BBQ, skills contents, ball jugglers, a silent sports memorabilia auction, and plenty more for the kids and parents.
The big news around the local soccer community is the press release of a possible merger of NDUFC with the Uxbridge and Scugog Soccer Clubs. There is still a lot of work and organization to be done, but the hope is for amalgamation to occur in time for the 2018 outdoor soccer season. The benefits of uniting the three clubs into the North Durham United FC umbrella are that it would make for a much stronger pool of players for the rep programs, along with promoting youth soccer at all levels and ages.
There are still a few teams looking to round out their rosters for the 2017 and the board is always looking for more volunteers. There are also spring tryouts set for the 3 or 4 remaining roster spots on the U17 Boys team (born 2000 & 2001), with dates of April 18th & 24th in Scugog. You can contact coach Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or NDUFC for more information. For information on all the teams, coaches, and news, visit northdurhamunited.com, email at email@example.com or call 905-982-8777.
Good luck to all of our young athletes as they represent North Durham with their usual fast-paced and aggressive brand of soccer, which is always complimented by a true spirit of sportsmanship and team unity.