Rockland Servivors win silver

The Rockland Servivors, in their second year of practice and play, took home the silver against the MarkhamWildcats, in girls U17 competitive volleyball, at the McGregor Cup TrilliumD tournament inMarkham, over the Jan. 28 weekend.The Servivors are a group of players fromacross EasternOntario, includingmembers fromRockland, Hawkesbury, Maxville, Casselman, Embrun, Limoges, and Orléans. Pictured with their silver medal souvenirs are Claudia Sleigh (front row, left), Emily Quinn, Sofie Leduc, coach François Leduc (back row, left), assistant coach Darquise Leduc, Mélanie Lanthier, Alexandra Blair, Angélica Cusson, Janelle Grégoire, and Sloan Hall. Absent for the photo shoot were Caroline Pasquier and assistant coach Simon Leduc. —photo provided

Soccer club works on marketing game plan

and keeping a reserve fund intact for any “unexpected expenses”. The RUSC must pay game referees. The club also reimburses its coaches for registra- tion fees when their own children sign up for soccer. Rudeen noted that perk helps encourage local parents to volunteer as soc- cer coaches. “The club is doing its best to keep costs down,” Rudeen stated, “but it is a tough battle.” Rudeen noted that budget planning has cut RUSC’s Internet and phone service costs in half. The club also bought

growing community, and soccer is still one of the cheapest forms of summer entertain- ment around.” He noted the sport is affordable for all ages, requires little equipment, and is a good

way for both children and parents of families new to the area, to meet and make friends. “We hope to seemore people, both youth and adults, playing soccer this summer,” Rudeen stated.


Early registration opened for this year’s youth soccer season. Officials with Rock- land’s community soccer club have also begun brainstorming ways to boost the profile of both the club and soccer with the goal of buildingmembership numbers. Duane Rudeen, president of Rockland United Soccer Club (RUSC), outlined the club’s present situation in an email to lo-

cal media. Rudeen noted the RUSC had to decide about raising some fees. “This year, only the volunteer fee was increased,” Rudeen stated. “However, anyone volunteering four hours of club-ap- proved service is refunded this fee. We are still lower

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L’inscription a commencé pour la saison de soccer de cette année. Pendant ce temps, le Club de soccer unifié de Rockland cherche des moyens de réduire ses coûts d’exploitation, de stimuler le nombre de joueurs et d’attirer davantage de commanditaires, ce qui permettra de réduire au minimum les frais d’inscription.

re-useable signs that the City of Clarence-Rock- land sets up in various locations.That eliminat- ed the annual expense for buying several por- table signs. One goal in the RUSC’s strategy for the future is getting more sponsorship to keep operation costs down and also help promote


than the City of Ottawa’s (soccer) clubs, though our cost structure is similar, but we would like to be even lower.” Rudeen noted that the biggest portion of the club expense budget consists of “fixed costs”, which remain the same regardless of player registration numbers. Fixed costs include labour and materials to mark out playing fields, and maintenance expenses like mowing the grass or providing lights for evening and night games. “These two items alone cost us almost $25,000 annually,” stated Rudeen. The RUSC has “variable costs” like the annual registration fees to the Eastern On- tario District Soccer Association (EODSA) and the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA). There are licence fees and credit card fees for online applications and payments. Other expenses include two part-time staff for of- fice administrator and technical director,

soccer. Rudeen noted that the RUSC does not have a huge budget and that “a sizeable do- nation would go a long way to keeping our registration fees down.” Tim Hortons, through its Timbits ama- teur sports funding assistance program, is a big sponsor of community youth soccer across Canada.The RUSC’s biggest corporate sponsor is the local TimHorton’s franchises through the corporate program, providing uniforms and soccer balls for the “mighty mite” four-to-six-year-old teams. Rudeen noted other local businesses have provided sponsorship aid and in return the RUSC has put the names of those businesses on player jerseys and posted sponsorship banners and signs on site during the club’s annual Soccer Fest. “I think we need tomarket our clubmore,” Rudeen stated. “Clarence-Rockland is a

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