Pickering Soccer Club Announced in a Select Group of Inaugural National Youth License Awardees

Pickering Soccer Club is extremely proud to be among a select group of Clubs and Academies from across Canada to be awarded the Canada Soccer National Youth License.

As one of only 24 Canada Soccer licensed clubs in Ontario, the progress of the Club to reach this milestone started many years ago with the entry into standards based leagues including OPDL and League One. This complimented the Clubs well established recreational and competitive programs and more recently was supported by the opening of our fully accessible Pickering Soccer Centre that now underpins year-round programming, community use, and our commitment to the City. During the assessment process, our innovation in new programming and specifically our All Abilities program for athletes with a disability were described as ‘nation leading’.

“Canada Soccer and its provincial bodies have worked tirelessly to implement strategies across the country as a means to elevate the profile of the Canadian game to meet global standards and successes. The Pickering Soccer Club has established itself as a community leader; our range of program offerings has garnered us the reputation as a forward thinking and successful Club in the province of Ontario. This Canada Soccer designation as a “National Youth Club” further validates that success by now being one of only 39 clubs across the country to share it.  We feel very privileged to be part of this announcement and we will continue to reach beyond the borders of our community to enrich the lives of those within it” stated a very proud President Corrado Roccasalva this afternoon.

Executive Director Matt Greenwood recognized that “An extensive list of volunteers and staff began this process back in 2007 when we jumped wholeheartedly into the Ontario Soccer Club Excellence Award and maintained Gold Level every year until the evolution of that program from a Provincial award to this new National License. I would sincerely like to thank all those board members, staff and coaches who helped us get to this point and look forward to what the future brings as a leading edge Club. We take our role as a soccer club very seriously and greatly value the members we serve every day.”

Pickering Soccer Club is one of 600 soccer clubs in Ontario and one of 24 to receive this license. The Club offers Recreational, Competitive and High Performance programs from our Club operated facility in the City of Pickering and annually we serve over 2000 players, coaches and match officials in their development and in growing their love for the game.

For more information contact:

Matt Greenwood, Executive Director | 905-831-803 x 202

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