- Last Updated on 08:51 AM 11/14/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The Halifax Soccer Club is seeking funding and a tract of land on which to build four soccer fields to serve as the home base for the program.
“Trying to find land in this area is tough,” said Halifax Soccer Club Director Mat Robinson.
“Either its cost or location doesn’t meet what we need. Being a new program, money isn’t there. We have asked for help finding it, but again, we usually run into a wall. Without the land, we can’t build the fields that are needed to grow the program.”
Up to this point, the Halifax Soccer Club, which is concluding its third season of operation, has used fields at Halifax County Middle School and at the former Washington-Coleman Elementary School site in South Boston.
The club will be losing the use of the Washington-Coleman field this coming spring.
“They have another use for that field come then, so we are in need of another field come spring,” Robinson pointed out.
Robinson said the Halifax Soccer Club appreciates having had the opportunity to use the fields it has had access to in the past.
“The Halifax Soccer Club can’t thank the Halifax School Public Schools enough for allowing us the use of their fields,” Robinson said.
“We greatly appreciate all the support the school system has shown us. We also thank the Town of South Boston for the use of the Washington-Coleman field as well.”
Having fields to play on is a key element of the Halifax Soccer Club.
“Without the fields, we risk losing the program,” Robinson noted.
“Having the fields is one thing, but the key to it all is having the players. Without the players we don’t grow, period. It’s kind of a catch twenty-two here. Without the players we cannot afford the fields, but without the fields we don’t have the fields needed to practice or hold games on.”
In addition to seeking funding and land upon which to build four soccer fields, the Halifax Soccer Club is looking for more players to become involved in the program.
“We need players of all ages,” the club director noted.
Robinson said a successful Halifax Soccer Club program will benefit the community.
“Should the program grow to where we would like to see it be, we would be able to offer so much more to the community,” he pointed out.
“Once fields have been a established, we want to bring weekend-long tournaments to the area. That will bring revenue to the area, by filling up the local hotels, restaurants, gas stations and so forth.”
Robinson said any help from the community would be appreciated.
“Any help from the community would greatly be appreciated at this point,” he noted.
“The teams have proven themselves as a force to be dealt with on and off the soccer field. I’m really hoping that the town and community will stand behind them and the rest of the club and watch them take on the next level.”