• Jim Mosher

Gimli Soccer Club debuts online registration

Youngsters enjoy soccer. It's a healthy sport that involves plenty of fresh air, camaraderie and skills training, among other draws for growing minds and bodies. Here's a picture of one of the teams that participated last year in games organized by the Gimli Soccer Club.

— Photo courtesy Jay Boaz

By Jay Boaz

Organized soccer has seen a number of changes in Gimli since the Gimli Soccer Club took ownership of organizing the beautiful game for the community. A new line painting machine, player benches, and restructuring the field layout are just a few of the on-pitch projects the Club has tackled.

This year, however, the biggest change will be off-pitch as the club will be offering online registration and payment.

“We wanted to make things more convenient for parents to register,” said club president Wellington Dankochik. “At the same time, processing paper registrations also takes many, many volunteer hours, so if we can shave that down, too, it’s a win-win.”

Parents will be able to pay online with a credit card or via e-Transfer. If an online payment can’t be made, cash or a cheque can be dropped off during business hours at the Gimli Recreation Centre. “Paper registrations will be available at the rec centre but we really would like as many people as possible to use the online option!” added Dankochik.

The club is offering an additional incentive to register online; all families that register online will be entered into a draw for two tickets to the inaugural home opener of the new professional soccer team in Manitoba, Valour FC, on May 4.

Online registration is available now at https://gimlisoccer.eventbrite.ca and will be open until April 4 at midnight. The club will also be at the spring registration night at the Gimli Rec Centre, also April 4.

In addition, the club is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways.

“As always, we’re looking for coaches and referees, for whom training will be provided,” said Dankochik, “but there are a number of other ways in which people can help out. We could use everything from new members to the board to odd job helpers for things like sorting soccer jerseys. If you’d like to help, we definitely have something for you to do!”

Questions about registration can be sent to gimlisocceroffice@gmail.com and volunteer inquiries can be sent to gimlisoccerclub@gmail.com.

Games in the Interlake Soccer Association are scheduled to begin, weather permitting, May 6.

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