With the weather turning warmer (well for the most part), it feels like spring has finally arrived. Around our house that has long meant trading blades for cleats, foul-smelling hockey equipment for even-worse smelling lacrosse gear, and volleyballs for baseballs and soccer balls.
Soccer is one of the more popular sports here in Durham Region and around the world. It’s a sport that is accessible for people of all backgrounds and abilities. We’re proud of programs in Durham Region, like the Pickering Soccer Club’s “All Abilities” program for children and youth and the Oshawa Kicks “All Abilities” league for children, youth and adults, that offer individuals with intellectual or physical abilities an opportunity to learn and play soccer.
Thousands upon thousands of soccer games will be played on hundreds of pitches across our region this summer, from house league to rep to semi-pro. And it seems as if there will be tournaments played on just about every weekend too.
One of the biggest soccer tournaments in Durham Region kicks off (pun intended) in Oshawa this weekend. Oshawa Kicks will host 155 girls’ soccer teams for the 14th annual Frank Sobil Spring Classic from May 7 to 8. Then, 233 boys’ soccer teams will compete from May 14 to 15.
The soccer players are not the only ones scoring during this huge tournament. The boost to local spending is significant. If you’re part of a local business and you see a customer in out-of-town soccer paraphernalia, please welcome them to Durham Region and ask how their team is doing.
Thank you to the organizers, officials, and volunteers of the Frank Sobil Spring Classic. Thank you also to everyone involved with all the other soccer tournaments and leagues this season in Durham Region. And good luck to all the players. Have fun.
– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair