South Delta United has made some exciting additions to its grassroots program to enhance the overall experience.
With the fall season just days away, SDU will continue with its successful U5-U8 “Matchdays” which replaced the old jamboree format, where all the players from each age group practice mid-week and then participate in a game format all at the same place and same time.
This improves parent mid-week and weekend planning, increases the ability for the SDU technical staff to provide assistance while also creating a fun and vibrant atmosphere for the players and parents.
In addition to “Matchdays,” SDU will be adding a new six-week fall program focussing on players in the pre-school ages.
“The move to centralized ‘Matchdays’ for our youngest players was a big move last year compared to what had come before. With parents and kids schedules becoming increasingly complex, we have done our best to simplify their soccer lives.” explained Assistant Technical Director and SDU Grassroots Head Coach Jon Rogers.
“That said, we are also always looking to provide avenues into the sport that fit those busy schedules. For a number of years, we have run a spring program for those younger kids looking for a shorter, sunnier experience. This year we have added a six-week fall program for pre-school kids, for those parents and kids who may feel a seven month season is a bit too long.
“We will continue to look at ways to engage kids in soccer and sport in general.”
The club has also done an excellent job beyond the pitch with projects that benefit the community. These will continue in the coming campaign and will be part of the focus of grassroots’ “Matchdays.”
“Every season, SDU has connected with local groups such as Deltassist and the BC Guidedogs. The families attending Matchdays have helped fundraise thousands of dollars at our concession stands along with the generous donations of food and toys around the holiday season,” said Assistant Technical Director and SDU Player Development Coach Russ Heggie. “Club-community-culture has been our motto and this will continue to grow by spreading awareness amoungst our players of the importance in giving back.”
SDU General Manager and Technical Director Mark Rogers is looking forward to the new additions, as well as continuing to solidify current popular programs at SDU.
“We at SDU are excited by the new additions to our programs such as our Preschool program and South Delta school visit program that we ran last June and want to continue to evolve.
“Adding on from successful programs such as the SDU Academy (where kids get hands on coaching from our technical staff) as well as the grassroots match day program, we are looking forward to the start of the 2019/2020 season!”
For more information on South Delta United and to register for the coming season visit the club's website.