TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY, BC — September 6th, 2022 — Eric Woodward and The Contract with Langley Team will build a new youth soccer campus for Langley youth soccer to be completed in 2025, endorsed by Langley United Soccer Association.
By numbers, Langley United Soccer Association is the largest youth organization in the Township of Langley. LUSA has tripled in size in the last five years alone. The organization was already facing a struggle to access facilities to keep up with demand.
LUSA offers programming starting at the U-4 division to programming for seniors. Soccer continues to be one of the most financially accessible sports for Langley's youth, adults and families. However, the chronic lack of facilities will now seriously affect the future of Langley’s youth and the missed opportunities that are inevitable without a solution to meet the needs and growth of the community.
The CWL Team will build a new youth soccer campus next to planned 2nd high and 3rd middle schools in Willoughby: four new synthetic turf fields, one fully indoors for all-weather training and play, and, with financial contributions from LUSA, a new head office with meeting rooms, storage, and classrooms for players and coaches.
"Soccer is critically important to our community. It’s an outlet for kids and adults to get out and get physical, to be part of a team sport, be active and have fun. It teaches values. We’re really stewarding young minds and creating culture in the Township of Langley,” said Mike Thomson, President, LUSA.
"Without a proper plan to keep growing our facilities as we grow our community, eventually we’re going to have to turn away players. At some point very soon waiting lists are going to turn into denial lists," he added.
"What stands out about the Contact with Langley and Eric Woodward, no one else has knocked on our door. No one else has come and sat down for multiple meetings. Eric identifies problems and comes up with viable, realistic solutions, to be deployed now, not things that will take 8 to 9 years before that solution might even begin to be engage," said Marcel Horn, Executive Director, LUSA.
"In my discussions with Marcel, Mike and Mark at LUSA, I have learned a lot about what they need, older youth leaving the sport because of 9 or 10pm practice times, huge increases in demand, waiting lists for the first time ever. Without a new plan for our growth, Langley kids that want to play won't be able to. That's doesn't work for me,” said Eric Woodward.
"Having coached youth sports for over a period of 40 years, I have seen first hand the importance of youth being involved in sports. It teaches responsibility, positive interaction with others and cooperation. The health benefits of sports help prevent childhood obesity. Sports also leads to lifelong friendships and having support networks when they are needed. The positive influence sports has on youth helps to keep vulnerable kids out of gangs and other activities that can lead to criminality and poor societal situations. We have to fix this," said Tim Baillie, Contract With Langley Council Candidate, and long time youth sports coach and mentor.
"Lack of accessibility to facilities or financial barriers should never stand in the way of kids being able to have fun and play sport, being physically active. Locating a new youth soccer campus with a new middle and high school is a great plan. Renewed support for youth sports is now more critical than ever with the reality that some kids in Langley will never have a backyard to play in," said Holly Dickinson, Contract With Langley School Trustee Candidate.
Without a new plan for our growth, Langley kids that want to play won't be able to. That doesn't work for me.— Eric Woodward
A CONTRACT WITH LANGLEY
Renewed support for youth sports is now more critical than ever with the reality that some kids in Langley will never have a backyard to play in.— Holly Dickinson
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A CONTRACT WITH LANGLEY
Having coached youth sports for over a period of 40 years, I have seen first hand the importance of youth being involved in sports. We have to fix this.— Tim Baillie
A CONTRACT WITH LANGLEY
With close to 100 years of soccer history within the community, Langley United Soccer Assoication offers an ever evolving and growing hub in the community providing Soccer for Life for all ages and abilities. Learn More...
The Contract With Langley is a registered elector organization with Elections BC. It is endorsing 1 Mayoral candidate, 6 Council candidates and 3 school trustee candidates in the October 15th local locations.
Media contact for Contract With Langley is Eric Woodward, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604.725.3810.
The Contract with Langley Team will save and expand Active Beyond the Bell recreational program.
Yesterday morning parents were notified that the Active Beyond the Bell program that they rely upon was cancelled at three schools in Aldergrove and one in Murrayville with only a few days notice before the start of the school year. The CWL Team feels that it's unacceptable, and that this recreational program needs to be developed and expanded in partnership with Langley School District 35.
Sarb has been a federal public servant for 22 years, has three school aged children who all attend school in Langley.
An incumbent Township of Langley Councillor serving for his 8th term, Steve Ferguson will be running for re-election with fellow Councillor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward and the Contract with Langley team in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, municipal election.
Steve is well-known throughout the community and has had a long history of community volunteering and community service.
AJ Cheema will be running with Councillor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward and the Contract with Langley team in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, municipal election.
Following his application for his Otter Trail Winery and Bistro, he made the decision to run for Council after experiencing the current permitting process for construction for new businesses in the Township of Langley.
Barb Martens will be running with Councillor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward and the Contract with Langley team in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, municipal election.
Barb has worked in public service for 29 years, spending the last 20 years as a Constable with the Vancouver Police Department.
Misty Van Popta will be running for Township of Langley Council with Councillor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward and the Contract with Langley team in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, local municipal election.
Misty is a life long Langley resident construction manager with years of construction management experience that will be invaluable on Council.
Joel Neufeld will be running with the Contract with Langley team for School Trustee along with Holly Dickinson in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, local elections.
Joel ran in the 2021 school trustee by-election. Joel is a first responder with the Surrey Fire Department and has a daughter in Grade 1 in the Langley School District.
Holly Dickinson will be running with the Contract with Langley team for School Trustee along with Joel Neufeld in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, local elections.
Dickinson is long-time Langley resident and elementary school teacher in Surrey. Dickinson ran in the 2021 Trustee by-election last Feburary, 2021.
The Contract With Langley team today announced that it will build and open a new indoor pool, community and youth centre at Yorkson Community Park in Willoughby. The team confirmed that will be completed and open within 2025.
"Today, we have committed to build a great new facility in the geographic centre of Willoughby within walking distance of tens of thousands current and future residents, " said Eric Woodward, a current Township of Langley Councillor and Mayoral candidate. "Depsite the long-term projection of 100,000 residents, or more, there is currently no plan for one at all. We will fix it." he added.
Rob Rindt will be running with Councilllor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward and the Contract with Langley team in the upcoming October 15th, 2022, municipal election.
Rob announced his candidacy in May of this year and is looking forward to being part of a team that can get things done with a real plan for Langley’s future.
Tim Baillie to run for Township of Langley Council with Councillor and Mayoral candidate Eric Woodward, officially joining the Contract with Langley team.
Tim first announced his candidacy in May of this year. Tim’s extensive experience only solidified his decision to run with the team to actually affect the reform, infrastructure and initiatives for real progress needed in Langley.
Eric Woodward today announced that he will be running for Mayor along with a team for Township of Langley Council and the SD35 Board of Education in the upcoming municipal election set for October 15th, 2022.
The team will run within a new Elector Organization under the shared banner of a Contract with Langley that will propose an ambitous Plan for Progress and A Plan for Schools. The team will be announced over the coming next few weeks. The team's full platform will be released in September.