Soccer in Fort Erie needs volunteers to coach in order to keep season alive

Soccer for some youngsters could potentially be cancelled.

The start of the soccer season for children is in jeopardy due to a lack of volunteer coaches, according to Daniel Gignac, who sits on the board of directors for the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club.

“We have enough kids for eight full teams, so we need a minimum of eight volunteers to coach these kids this summer,” Gignac wrote in an email to parents in reference to the U10 house league division.

“Please reach out via text or email if you can make the time so we can complete field assignments and get these kids playing.”

Gignac emphasized that coaches do not need previous soccer experience.

“Even if you don’t know the game, I can teach you enough to make it a good summer for your kids,” he wrote. “I will help out as much as possible.”

John Sansano, president of the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club, expressed similar concerns in a separate email.

“We only have 13 coaches for 24 teams,” he wrote to parents in reference to the U6 season start.

“Despite reaching out to everyone I know personally, I have not been able to fill the positions. I am sorry to have to do this at this point, but we cannot have soccer without the volunteers. This is the first time in 20 years that we have been unsuccessful in finding coaches.”

The club has postponed the start of the season in hopes of finding the necessary help.

Sansano urged parents and grandparents to step up and volunteer to ensure their children can enjoy the soccer season.

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