I wanted to give you an update regarding Byron and NorWest Soccer Clubs. Byron and NorWest have been developing a relationship over the past couple of seasons to more effectively and efficiently offer the highest quality soccer programs possible for all ages at the Recreational, District Competitive and Regional Competitive levels.
To that end, in the summer of 2018, the two organizations will be coming together as Byron-NorWest Soccer. It is borne out of necessity as much as out of being able to leverage each other's strengths to deliver high-quality programming for all of our kids at the best price possible. It is quite an undertaking running clubs of our sizes and the resources it takes – financially and otherwise, is very significant. Additionally, Canada Soccer and Ontario Soccer will be instituting more requirements for clubs that will require even more resources. To ensure we can continue to offer a program at a level that players, coaches and parents have come to expect of both Byron and NorWest and meet these new requirements, we feel this is the best direction to take to ensure continued success.
Our goal is to deliver the best value for the money and give each player the best experience possible – no matter their age or level. To do this we will be sharing resources like fields, equipment, staff coaches, and a technical director. We will be having combined tryouts/assessments, common uniforms, and playing under one banner in 2018 – Byron-NorWest Soccer. GPS and Byron-NorWest will maintain their current partnership and GPS will continue to be actively involved with programming.
We are excited at the opportunity in front of us but we understand that for some there will be hesitation and worry. Please know that all kids – Byron and NorWest - will have a place to play, fees will be fair and competitive, and that there isn’t going to be dramatic changes. We believe that these changes will positively influence player and team development for all ages and will significantly enhance programming for all skill levels.
An email to all parents will be sent out shortly with more details and a list of FAQ'sis linked here. There will also be parent information sessions held in January and February where there will be ample opportunity to find out more about what to expect in 2018 and beyond.
We appreciate your support and patience during this time of transition and will continue to share more information as details become finalized. We are all looking forward to a very successful 2018 outdoor season. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, David Brule, President Byron Soccer, at