The Red Deer City Soccer Association says it hopes to return to play in July and August, provided it is safe to do so. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)

Red Deer City Soccer Association, Westerner Park rekindle partnership

The Red Deer City Soccer Association and Westerner Park are re-entering a multi-year partnership.

Exhibition Hall will be leased out to the association starting in October 2022. The lease will see the association lay down a state-of-the-art indoor turf that will be multi-sport capable, allowing for sub leasing opportunities.

For Red Deer Renegades soccer players, it will be a place to call home as the turf can be used as a 9v9 field or two 7v7 fields.

Prior to entering the COVID-19 pandemic, RDCSA and Westerner Park had a 13-year long partnership.

This partnership started off inside the Stockmen’s Pavilion with one turf field. A growth in the needs of the soccer organization resulted in the purchase of two new turf fields and the rental of both the Agricentre West and Agricentre East facilities.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for the indoor facilities diminished and the long-standing partnership between Westerner Park and the RDCSA was put on hold.

With restrictions being lifted, the association is seeing a record-high number of registrations, even surpassing pre-COVID figures.

“It is great to see families getting back into sport kids need sport in so many ways: physical exercise, mental wellness, teamwork skills, building friendships and having fun. We look forward to providing the best possible experience for as many kids as possible, said RDCSA president Stephen Kelly.

Exhibition Hall houses four changing rooms.

“Our parents and fans will love the second-floor spectator area where they can watch the games while sipping on their favourite beverage,” said Kelly.

“Our new world class turf has built in padding and a Velcro system that makes the field virtually seamless. It also has no infill (rubber pellets you see on most turf) which gets to be quite a nuisance.”

With the increased size of the facilities, RDCSA will look to bring their other soccer programs to Westerner Park.

“We plan on getting all our players in this facility, grassroots all the way to our elite Renegades teams,” said Kelly.

The association is extending an invitation to other sports organizations within the community.

“We are planning on implementing an online booking system where anyone can go online and reserve a time slot,” said Ado Sarcevic, RDCSA general manager.

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