GUELPH, ON – On Saturday, Guelph Soccer welcomed local youth and coaches to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the addition of new goal posts and nets at Castlebury Park. Local MPP Liz Sandals and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Grant Review Team member David Murray were on hand to congratulate the local non-profit soccer club on the work done as a result of receiving a $19,800 grant earlier this year.
“Our government supports the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the important work they do to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. With the OTF as a partner, Ontario is helping Guelph organizations maximize their ability to better our community. This funding will help Guelph Soccer deliver the best possible experience to our youth.” - Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph
The new, permanently installed equipment that was purchased with the grant, has replaced old, worn out pop-up nets which volunteer coaches struggled to set up week after week in previous years.
The fields are used for Guelph Soccer’s U11-U12 age groups and by the community at large for formal league play as well as pick up soccer.
Thanks to the OTF grant, the community has access to top quality equipment for practice and play.
"This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will be instrumental to retaining volunteer coaches for our 11 and up age divisions,” said Ted Gendron, Executive Director of Guelph Soccer. “Our coaches don’t have to spend time struggling to put up nets any more. They can focus on giving our young athletes the best possible experience in soccer.”
Guelph Soccer is committed to preserving this equipment and ensuring that it remains accessible for many community activities for years to come.
For more information on Guelph Soccer and the programs it offers, please visit: www.guelphsoccer.ca
ABOUT ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.