City’s minor soccer program to go with just one professional coach

Dave Kearsey
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CORNER BROOK   The Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association has devised a plan to enhance its programs for budding players.

Association president Bruce Keating said one of the first tasks for the new executive was a thorough review of the group’s programs and its financial position so that a plan could be put in place that would ensure the programs being offered allows for players to grow and develop over the next five years.

As a result of the review, and considering both the cost and utilization of two professional coaches in the past few years, Keating said the executive has opted to move to just one professional coach on staff for the 2014 soccer season.

“We were the only soccer association in the province, and maybe in Atlantic Canada, to be fortunate enough to have two professional coaches for the past few years,” Keating said. “However, upon review, the board concluded that employing two staff coaches was neither feasible or necessary to deliver the same quality of programs to our players.”

Keating believes the programs will be just fine given technical minor soccer director Doug Sweetapple’s vast knowledge of the game.

“The association, with the guidance of its technical director, is confident the quality of the soccer programs will be maintained and improved by using technical resources in different ways,” he said. “Offering more training for coaches and by encouraging more parent volunteers to be involved both on and off the soccer pitch.”

The executive, according to Keating, believes its major role is operating the association as a community-based, non-profit organization ran by committed and involved volunteers.

The association will continue to cater to the needs of those immersed in the game, allowing boys and girls the opportunity to play the game for recreation if that’s their desire or give them the tools to advance their skillset and development for the pursuit of playing at an elite level if they see that in the cards.

Last year, according to Keating, the association made great strides in improving its adminstrative procedures and overall communications both within the group and with its players.

“The coming year promises to be another year of growth and improvement as the new executive works through its program planning and fulfilling its commitment to the Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association players and members,” he said.

For those who want to get involved in a volunteer role with minor soccer in the city all hands welcome. For more information contact the association by emailing

Organizations: CORNER BROOK The Corner Brook Minor Soccer Association

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Corner Brook

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