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, email@example.com, 604.725.3810.