Soccer looks to bounce back after twin disasters

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Published on January 16, 2009

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Published on January 16, 2009

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Published on January 16, 2009

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Published on January 16, 2009

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Published on January 16, 2009

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Published on January 16, 2009

The indoor soccer pitch that was under construction in Pleasantville collapsed late Wednesday following a day of extremely high winds and snow. Investigators will try to determine the exact cause over the next few days.- Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on January 16, 2009

The indoor soccer pitch that was under construction in Pleasantville collapsed late Wednesday following a day of extremely high winds and snow. Investigators will try to determine the exact cause over the next few days. Here co-owner of the building, Jim

Published on January 16, 2009

Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on January 16, 2009

Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on January 16, 2009

Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on January 16, 2009

Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on January 16, 2009

Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Redmond says sport needs to show its resiliency after collapse of indoor facility, flood damage to KGV

Provincial soccer supporters, players and executives are a resilient bunch, says Newfoundland Soccer Association (NSA) president Doug Redmond, and they'll need that resiliency after the twin disasters over the past two months that have set back the sport's training and development programs.
A planned $7.1 million indoor soccer facility adjacent to the softball fields at the Caribou Complex in Pleasantville was basically reduced to rubble when the steel fame collapsed Wednesday night as a result of a winter storm that included very high winds. The facility, originally scheduled to open in March, won't be available for use until at least next fall.
Only a month ago, the two-year-old FieldTurf surface at King George V Park was destroyed following heavy rains that flooded the $3.5-million pitch.
While Redmond said the setbacks are "hard to take," he feels there is nothing for the soccer community to do but "keep going."
"It's a setback, but no one is giving up," he said. "It's going to make it a little bit harder to get our programs in place. We've just got to make sure the programs run as efficiently as possible, that's all."
Redmond said it was tough to look at the heavily damaged indoor facility, especially coming on the heels of the damage to KGV.
"I know (indoor facility co-owners) John Breen and Jim Buckingham have taken this hard because when they talk about helping the kids it comes from their hearts,' said Redmond. "They are the sort of dedicated volunteers and soccer supporters that help develop the game at the grass roots."
The NSA president pointed out the indoor facility was going to be the "backup" for King George V Park. Soccer players have been able to get on the FeildTurf in April the past two years, but the facility won't be available until June.
"We'll have a bit of scrambling to do," Redmond admitted. "April to June is going to be hard on all our programs, including the local league.
"Losing both facilities will have a big impact on the players' training and it will have a physiological impact as well."
However, there is some reason to be a little optimistic, according to Redmond.
"The FieldTurf people we are dealing with have been very co-operative and we'll be relying on city council to have our grass fields ready a little earlier. The city has been very good to us over the years."
The loss of the FildTurf and the indoor facility will affect the Canada Games trailing program as well as various all-star programs and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) clinics.
Redmond pointed out the CSA has held various clinics in St. John's the past two years because the FieldTurf was available in April.
The male and female Summer Games soccer teams, which have been preparing for the competition in Prince Edward Island in August, are scheduled to travel to England for a 10-day training program during Easter holidays. Redmond points out that, under ideal circumstances, they would have been able to return and use the indoor facility just before getting on the FieldTurf in April without a break in their training program.
"Not having the indoor facility is going to have an impact on those sorts of programs, for sure," said Redmond. "It's put a lot of extra pressure on the coaches in terms of finding that training time. You can practice indoors in school gyms, but it's not the same as getting on a field. The players will tell you that. It's a totally different game.
"The NSA technical committee is going to have to look at where our programs are now and how do we recover quickly."
jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland Soccer Association, FieldTurf, Canadian Soccer Association Canada Games

Geographic location: King George V Park, Pleasantville, St. John's Prince Edward Island England

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  • Rick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    There is something you can do for them Kathie from USA, send them money. Money is what they want.

  • Kathie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Thats very cynical of you Rick. I am sure the idea of this facility was to make them millionaires...I doubt that..don't you?

  • Kathie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I know Jim and John will do everything they can to make sure this place opens. They are sincere in their objectives of having a place for children and athletes to go to play soccer. I just wish there was something I could do for them.
    Keep the good fight going, we are all rooting for you.

  • Rick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    There is something you can do for them Kathie from USA, send them money. Money is what they want.

  • Kathie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Thats very cynical of you Rick. I am sure the idea of this facility was to make them millionaires...I doubt that..don't you?

  • Kathie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I know Jim and John will do everything they can to make sure this place opens. They are sincere in their objectives of having a place for children and athletes to go to play soccer. I just wish there was something I could do for them.
    Keep the good fight going, we are all rooting for you.