The Newmarket Soccer club has finally opened the doors to a reliable indoor facility for many years but now have finally opened the doors to a fully functional complex.
“The size of the building hindered us from making a full pitch like Aurora has but we feel that the two smaller fields will help for the players on our rep teams to learn more of the technical aspects of the game, like passing and using empty space on the field, which always helps.” said Doug Dunn, who works at the Soccer Centre as the coordinator explains the set-up of the new centre
The complex is located on 680 Newpark Boulevard. The building was donated by the Magna Corporation, an automotive parts supplier, last year and was renovated to allow the teams out of Newmarket to have a good facility to practice in during the winter.
While having two small fields allows for two teams to be booked for practice at the same time, some patrons have had reservations with the layout.
“I mean it’s great to have a real field to play on, last year we were practicing in a school gym and it’s hard to teach the players in that kind of place, but here it looks and feels like a real field so the boys can get into practice more, but if it was fully sized it would be much better,” said John Pirri is the coach for the 1998 boys soccer team which represents Newmarket in that age group and has some mixed feelings about the centre.
The centre is not only used for the rep teams that play out of Newmarket but also hosts men’s and women’s over 18 leagues run on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 pm.
“It’s great, I’m happy they opened this place up, I can come out and play a fun game of soccer with my friends and with it being a small field I don’t have to do as much running,” said Steven Azevedo plays on Friday nights and explains what it is like to be on the field.
The opening of the Newmarket Soccer Centre is a foot in the right direction for the club and is one of a growing number of indoor facilities opening up all over the country.