Celebrating Sarnia FC and City of Sarnia Partnership
L-R Front Jay Noszenko, (Sarnia FC President), Jim Foubister (City Councillor), Andy Bruziewicz (City Councillor), Rob Harwood (City Staff)
L-R back Sarnia FC member Pam Foster, Dean Troinia Tournament Director, Alex Palmika Sarnia FC Vice President,
Brian McKay (City Staff)
The Waters Edge Classic Festival got underway on Friday evening with a celebration and cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the partnership with the City of Sarnia. On hand at the celebration were dignitaries from the City of Sarnia that included City Councillor Jim Foubister and Andy Bruziewicz, City Manager Margaret Misek-Evans, Brian McKay, Director of Finance and Rob Harwood, Parks and Recreation.
Sarnia FC has been working to improve soccer in Sarnia over the years and approximately 18 months ago Club executives met with the city and created a partnership with the City of Sarnia. The Sarnia FC Club contributed $250,000 for a 3 part partnership with he first step in the partnership, the installation of artificial turf at Alix Field in Norm Perry Park.
"Part of the problem in the past is we practice in the spring and summer" Sarnia FC President Jay Noszenko said. "Conditions wouldn't let us do much more so now we can practice and train 3 seasons out of the year spring summer and fall with thanks to our partnership with the City and City Staff.
The second part of the partnership was the upgrading of the fields at Germain Park with the addition of drainage and other improvements.
"The final goal for Sarnia FC is working with the city for an indoor facility that means 12 months a year, 4 seasons a year playing soccer." Noszenko said.
Acting Mayor, City Councillor Jim Foubister spoke on behalf of the City. "I am happy to be here on this great occasion to celebrate this public/private partnership that brought this about and hopefully it will lead that Germain Arena becoming an indoor facility.
Foubister added "I want to say thanks to everyone of the Sarnia FC people that put all of their dedication and all of their sweat equity and certainly their money to make it happen and bring Alix field back to it's glory days. Twice the Grey Cup was played on this field and this field means a lot, it is now the crown jewel of the parks in Sarnia,"
Waters Edge Classic Festival
The Waters Edge Classic is now in it's 4th year. The Soccer Festival has grown from having just 6 teams in it's first year to 41 teams participating in 2014. Included in this years participants is one girls team from London, with other visiting teams coming to Sarnia from Guelph, Windsor, LaSalle, Belle River, Dorchester, Brantford, Paris, Chatham, Petrolia and the GallaDevs soccer academy of Sarnia.
"We are at capacity because it is very difficult scheduling all the teams. Tournament Director Dean Troiani said. "It's grown quite predominantly in the last 2 years and we hope to expand it even more next year. Our Ultimate dream is to have both boys and girls and we want to expand divisions next year to accommodate U13 - U14 and under."
"It's difficult to go higher because we just don't have the field availability. We need fields to host more division and I would love some day to utilize every field in this city, including the Sarnia Girls Soccer Club. That would be most awesome if we could work together and co-host the tournament together." Troiani added
The Water Edge Festival will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday with games being played at Alix Field in Norm Perry Park and at Germain Park. click here for schedules