Soccerfest a kicking good time

by Joseph Coppolino - EAP
Soccerfest a kicking good time
Young soccer enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the end of the season at the Clarence-Rockland arena’s soccer field over the weekend, raising money and support for next year’s teams. (Photo : supplied)

On the eve of Spain’s women’s soccer team coming away with a surprise victory at the World Cup on Sunday, Clarence-Rockland’s aspiring soccer greats spent their weekend at Clarence-Rockland Arena’s field to wrap up the season.

The Rockland United Knights hosted their annual Soccerfest, welcoming hundreds of residents to the event.

“Seeing over 600 visitors and participants having a blast really warms our hearts,” said Julie Coté, Rockland United Soccer Club’s office administrator. “It’s fantastic to hear that the kids had such a great time, and we’re thrilled that the parents loved it too.”

Rockland United Soccer Club (RUSC) also offered a tip of the cap to their dedicated coaches, who “stepped up as incredible leaders and teachers for all the kids throughout the season,” according to Coté.

“Your dedication is inspiring, and it’s heartwarming to know that young soccer enthusiasts are already looking forward to next year. It’s a testament to the positive influence you’ve had on them.”

Apart from a weekend filled with running, jumping and scoring, several local vendors attended to celebrate with local soccer fans. Café Joyeaux, Frozen Flamingo, M&M Meat Shop and Crunchy Creations set up booths in the arena parking lot.

“A special thank you goes out to our generous sponsors who contributed a portion of their weekend sales to the club,” said Coté. “Your support goes beyond just the event. It helps us continue to grow and provide amazing experiences for our community.”

Event organizers also thanked Gold Sponsors MVP Trophies and Portage Insurance, as well as the City of Clarence-Rockland for providing their facilities to the young soccer players and their families.

“It’s all about unity, fun, growth, and gratitude,” said Coté. “Soccerfest isn’t just about the game, it’s about creating memories, fostering teamwork, and bringing people together. We’re thrilled with how things turned out this year, and we can’t wait to make the next one even more amazing.”

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