Syrian refugees who are settling in West Ottawa will have an opportunity to participate in soccer activities at West Ottawa Soccer Club. Up to 2,000 Syrian refugees will be moving here in the coming weeks and months. As part of the WOSC Way and in keeping with the True Sport principle “Give Back,” the Club is offering newcomers who resettle in West Ottawa the opportunity to participate in soccer activities free of charge during their first year.
Former WOSC board director Stephanie Potter was instrumental in developing the WOSC Refugee Program.
“We are working with our suppliers and our existing participant base to provide gently used or new equipment to these players.”
If you or someone you know is sponsoring a refugee family in the West Ottawa area, and you would like more information about WOSC’s offer to support the integration of these newcomers into our soccer community, contact Stephanie Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You can also register a newcomer with one of our programs, or make a donation to purchase new equipment.”
To drop off gently used equipment, please place your donations in the marked bin at the West Ottawa Soccer Club offices on Richardson Side Road.
This is a new initiative for WOSC this year. So far, six families with a total of 13 players joined this summer.
“All received their registration into our rec league free of charge. We also provided all with soccer cleats, shorts, socks, shin pads, jersey and a ball. All equipment pieces were donated by WOSC or our WOSC community.”
“WOSC is made up of so many giving people. Many stepped up to donate items that we could offer to the refugees joining our club. It was extremely rewarding to meet the families and players and to work with them to offer the children an opportunity to play soccer in their new home.”
WOSC held its first annual Cleat Exchange April 23 at the WOSC main building. Players donated over 120 pairs of cleats that were resold to other players, raising almost $950 to support the WOSC subsidy program. The subsidy program helps players in our programs who need financial assistance still be able to play soccer with WOSC.
“It was a great morning with a fabulous turnout. We have many generous people in our soccer community who helped make this event a success. We look forward to holding the Cleat Exchange again and that it will grow moving forward.”
For more on WOSC programs, go to www.WOSC.com online or call 613-831-1135.
Foley General Manger
West Ottawa Soccer Club is pleased to announce that John Foley has joined the club as General Manager. John is well known and respected in the Ottawa soccer community. He has 15 years’ experience with WOSC and West Carleton Soccer Club (WCSC).
"I look forward to reacquainting myself with club staff, players, parents and our partners in soccer,” said John.