Youth soccer players aged four to 14 gathered at Virgil Sports Park this weekend for the NOTL Soccer Club’s Year-End Festival.
Though it wasn’t “business as usual,”, club president Ted VanderKaay was pleased with how the season developed.
“We had over 340 players,” said VanderKaay, “which isn’t too far off our usual number. We started a bit later than usual, but I think we had a longer and more meaningful soccer season than a lot of other clubs around the region and elsewhere.”
Though medals were distributed to all the Timbits (age 4-5) players, Saturday was primarily a day to celebrate getting back onto the field successfully after a 2020 without soccer. Coaches reported that many kids and their parents thanked them this weekend for providing them a chance to get back to having fun on the pitch this summer.
VanderKaay was quick to add that none of this would have happened without the support of all of the sponsors who stayed with the club during some uncertain times, and the many parents and community members who stepped up to coach the kids.
He says the club is hoping that 2022 will see a return to a full season of soccer, starting as it usually does just after the May long weekend.