Coaches, match officials and administrators will be coming from far and wide for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017.
Tickets have only been on sale for three weeks and already the response from the club and district community has been overwhelming, as groups look to take advantage of the early bird pricing.
Oakville Soccer Club, one of the largest clubs in North America, has stepped forward to purchase 50 tickets for the March 3-5, 2017 event.
"We at the Oakville Soccer Club are committed to the growth and development of our coaches, at both the Representative and Recreational levels” said Dave Harris, Oakville's Executive Director. “This summit allows our coaches the opportunity to grow from both a practical as well as a theoretical standpoint, ensuring that they are acquiring the necessary knowledge to successfully develop our players and get them to the next level.”
Chris Grierson, Oakville's Senior Technical Director, echoed those sentiments.
“The Ontario Soccer Association have done a great job in offering all people involved in Soccer an opportunity to come together and learn. We view the Ontario Soccer Summit as an opportunity for all members to continue their personal development.” Grierson said.
The South-West Regional Soccer Association (SWRSA), last year's host district for the Ontario Soccer Summit, is also getting in on the act, as they registered to purchase 60 tickets for their community.
"SWRSA is investing into the future of soccer within the district. By supporting our coaches, match officials and administrators with additional training at the Ontario Soccer Summit we hope to better the delivery and quality of services to our youth, make clubs more profitable and deliver more upgrading officials to the province as an end result," said Ian Morrell, President of SWRSA.
The Summit, which will be hosted at Trent University and the Oshawa Civic Centre, has seen an uptick in interest from local clubs, also looking to make a difference.
Sales haven't been just limited to Ontario, however. The Nunavut Soccer Association (NSA) has taken notice of the Summit and this year will be sending a group of their own.
"Over the past few years, the NSA has developed a great relationship with the Ontario Soccer Association," said Dawn Currie, Executive Director of the NSA. "In fact, they are our closest partner and very much supports us in our efforts. By sending match officials and coaches to the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017, we are affording our volunteers with opportunities to further develop themselves and better understand the game."
There is still time to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing. Early bird pricing is available until January 6, 2017, so attendees are encouraged to act quickly to secure the best pricing.
Tickets are on sale for the Ontario Soccer Summit and can be purchased here.
There are reduced rates for those booking groups of 5-20 attendees and even greater discounts for those booking 20 or more.
Also, the 2017 event will feature reduced pricing for youth (under 18 years of age) attendees. In addition, Female Mentorship Program participants, Learning Facilitators and District Administrators all receive special pricing.
Check back regularly on the Ontario Soccer Summit news page for updates on speakers, ticketing and events.