What will the city do to ensure 1,400 youngsters continue to play soccer?


Posted by Ian:
We call him Mr. Soccer because no one has done more to build any one sport in St. Thomas than Bob Luft. His passion for delivering the beautiful game to young players in the city and surrounding area has never faltered, despite bouts of apathy and unfulfilled commitments on the part of various editions of St. Thomas.

I will declare my bias right up front … I have coached for many years at the house league level and have enjoyed watching many of my players grow, not only as players, but now as young adults actively contributing to the fibre of St. Thomas.

Below are the responses to a new concern raised by the St. Thomas Soccer Club and put forth to all candidates in the Oct. 25 municipal vote. What is most disappointing is the trickle of input received to date.

Here is Bob’s request for comments:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am writing because I am concerned about the future of the Central Elgin Soccer Complex, which is located East of the Regional Health Centre and North of the Ontario Provincial Police Station.

The Ontario Realty Corporation is leasing the property to the Municipality of Central Elgin on a yearly basis. As far as I know the agreement can be cancelled on a one year’s notice. This leaves the house league operation of the St. Thomas Soccer Club in a vulnerable position, because at present there is no replacement location
in sight.

1,400 boys and girls from the City of St. Thomas and the Munipalities of Central Elgin and Southwold are using the fields from early May to the middle of August from Monday to Thursday evenings.

I would like to know what your plans are for the future of soccer fields in the City of St. Thomas.

Regards,
Robert Luft

Here are the responses received so far by Bob:
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