Thanks, soccer volunteers

Letter on the soccer merger between Golden Ears and Pitt Meadows

Editor, The News:

Re: Soccer merger voted down (The News, April 11).

I would like to thank the directors of Golden Ears United Soccer Club for all the years of volunteering their time. Many of them have contributed more than a decade of service and commitment to develop our community soccer.

Considering that many of these directors no longer have children playing in the club, I cannot help but think this has provided an objective guidance and foresight to the future. I believe their goal was to develop skills and sportsmanship in our youth.

On a personal level, I have witnessed their dedication. My husband has been a member for the past 14 years, helping coach or manage various teams.

So it saddens me when a few ‘friends’ put so much effort into maligning volunteers. Had they stepped up in the past, they could have been part of the process.  It would then be more transparent to them.

While Mike Smith and his Friends of Golden Ears Soccer are basking in their 15 minutes of fame, I hope that they will be able to provide their members with the experience and dedication provided by the past board of directors.

At any rate, it would be nice if some of the ‘friends’  would engage in the sportsmanlike like behaviour we would expect from our members.

I look forward to the success of West Coast Auto Football Club. While there may be bumps in the road, I am certain this merger will serve both communities well into the future generations.

Thanks to all the members and coaches who have served so willingly and shared their time, wisdom and experience. There have been so many and they all deserve our gratitude.

Kathy Andrews

Maple Ridge