By Alicia Dziak
As the school soccer season winds down, SGI’s die hard soccer players are left wondering what to do in the off season. For many, that means training with a club/travel program. In the past, these kids had to join other teams in other towns to continue with their soccer, but now, SGI students have the opportunity to play for the newly-formed Springville Soccer Club.
“After coaching for Holland’s travel program this past summer, we realized that Springville is one of the only towns in WNY that doesn’t offer a travel program for their kids,” said Hannes Dziak, president of the Springville Soccer Club. “This will give the more serious players a chance to play in the spring and summer leading up to the school season, which starts in August.”
In order to be a member of the Buffalo and Western New York Junior Soccer League (BWNYJSL), the club had to go through a lengthy application process and were just recently approved.
The club will be offering four teams for the 2018 season: U14 and U16 for both boys and girls. “We feel these age groups best fit the current interest levels in Springville,” Dziak noted, but added that “We hope to grow this program and offer more age groups in the future.”
The club season will run from late April to late July, with home games in Springville and away games throughout WNY.
“Club soccer is not the same as rec soccer,” Dziak explained. “This will be much more competitive, and also be separated into boys’ and girls’ teams, not co-ed like SYI rec soccer is.”
Students born in 2002-2005 are encouraged to sign up by visiting www.syionline.org. There is a maximum number of players per roster, so tryouts will be held if needed. Sign up by Nov. 30.
For more information, contact Dziak at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716)983-7342.