Rockland United welcomes the Ottawa Fury

These kids are our future, whether they are future fans or future players.» The Fury’s outreach program tries to cover all parts of the field, from sending players out for meets-and-greets with local youth soccer clubs to taking part in motivational speaking sessions at schools or community service clubs. It’s not always about how to better play soccer. «A lot of what they talk about is what it takes to set goals and to achieve them,» said Ivory. The pre-season training camp for the Fury begins later in February to get the players all warmed up for the April 4 start of the 2015 NASL season. The Fury has its first home match in mid-April at TD Place. More information on the Fury’s schedule and the club’s community outreach program is available at


If their youngest fans cannot get to see them in action during the regular season, then the Ottawa Fury will send out their best players for meets-and-greets with their fans and potential future recruits during the off-season. That’s why kids in the Rockland United Soccer Club had two very special assistant coaches during their latest indoor skills training and practice night session at the Rockland District High School gym. D-Corps de texte. DrewBeckie andMason Trafford of the Fury spentThursday evening during the first week of February on the road to Rockland to join the RUSC coaching staff in helping soccer players of all ages improve their dribbling skills, master the quick pass, and otherwise enjoy playing soccer even more than they already do. Graeme Ivory, Fury communications di- rector, explained during a later phone inter- view that it is all part and parcel of being a good community partner for the NASL club. «The key word is ‘community’,» Ivory said. «It’s really important that we’re able to ce- ment our roots, not just in the City of Ottawa but also east of Orl éans. Voyageurs Major Midgets are playoffs ready The CIHA Voyageurs Major Midget squad is set to square off for a championship title shot in the OEMHL. «We’ll make the playoffs for sure,» said Coach Alain Raymond. «We have three games left, and they’re important games.» As of the end of January the Voyageurs Major Midget hold a third-place spot in the league standings with a 13-11-1 game record. The toughest challenge for the Voyageurs has come from the Ottawa Senators Major Midget squad. «We’ve played four games against them,» said Raymond, noting that the first three have finished 4-2 for Ottawa while the last one saw the Sens slip by with just a single point lead on the Voyageurs. Coach Raymond had a fast answer to the question what has proven CIHA’s strong point during the current season. «Their speed, for sure. And they’re being very consistent. They’ve been applying the (game) system. We’ve also got a lot of play- makers, and the goaltending has been very good.» Emotional control on the ice has also ser- ved the Voyageurs well during several games. «We’re one of the least-penalized teams in the league,» Raymond said. The Voyageurs won two of their remaining games and tied the last one. They now face the Ottawa Jr. 67s in their opening game of the playoffs series on Wednesday, Feb. 11. GREGG CHAMBERLAIN

DrewBeckie (left) andMason Trafford of the Ottawa Fury dropped in as guest trainers during the latest indoor soccer training session of the Rockland United Soccer Club. 1 888 751-2617 613 632-2114 TOLL FREE SANS FRAIS

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