The Peterborough City Soccer Association provides player development and playing opportunities at the representative level for youth and adult soccer players in the greater Peterborough area. If you want to find out what’s happening at our club, then keep reading or click on one of the links on the left.
Covid-19 Update – 3 September
We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe.
Although the Ontario Government and Ontario Soccer announced that amateur teams can begin training in small groups, there is no clear, safe and effective path to play inter-club competitive games any time soon. In consultation with our district association, and with the health and safety of players foremost in mind, PCSA (in unison with all amateur soccer clubs in the district) made the decision on June 15 to cancel the remainder of the 2020 outdoor playing season.
Ontario Soccer has confirmed that open tryouts, such as we normally hold in September each year, are not permitted under phase two of Return to Play guidelines. Therefore PCSA is obligated to postpone tryouts until a later date. If conditions allow, tryouts and orientation will be scheduled in the spring of 2021.
PCSA considered the feasibility of commencing Academy training in the fall of 2020. There are, unfortunately, several obstacles that preclude this, including:
- The Ontario Soccer insurance policy for players and coaches does not cover claims due to Covid-19 and private insurance is not available, leaving the club, directors and team officials with the potential burden of liability arising from any COVID-related legal action;
- School gym permits have been suspended;
- All soccer activity in our District (ECOSA) remains suspended.
Given these considerations, the PCSA Board has regretfully decided that the PCSA Academy will be suspended until 2021. The Board will continue to monitor the evolving situation and assess the possibility of resuming the Academy early in 2021.
If you would like to read the latest Ontario Soccer information bulletins, Updates on COVID-19 Impacted Activities and FAQ’s, please follow this link to the COVID-19 Updates page, which has all the latest information from Ontario Soccer, as well as resources from Health Canada and other organizations.
Play on, Play Safe, Play Smart is a short YouTube video co-produced by six Peterborough soccer organizations whose season was cancelled as a result of the pandemic. The video captures the spirit of the times we are in. Please watch and enjoy!
Mark Forster Scholarship Award
Congratulations to PCSA U21 player Julia Ebisuzaki-Mackay who was recently awarded the Mark Forster Scholarship for 2020-2021. In addition to playing soccer from an early age, Julia also enjoyed being a summer camp counsellor, coach and referee. Due to Covid restrictions, Julia was congratulated by Mark’s parents Margaret and Fred Forster by telephone. Julia is heading off to Queen’s University this fall to study kinesiology. We wish Julia and all PCSA high school graduates the best of luck in the coming year.
Left: 2020 Mark Forster Scholarship winner Julia Ebisuzaki-Mackay
Right: Mark’s parents Fred and Margaret Forster
Director of Coaching – Appointment
Following the recent open competitive application and interview process, the PCSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Biren Patel as the Director of Coaching for a two year term. A long time Peterborough resident, Biren brings many years of coaching, volunteering, administrative and business experience to the position. He is an enthusiastic adherent and supporter of Long Term Player Development. He is committed to seeing our young athletes, as well as our senior players, continue to grow, develop and thrive in the game of soccer. We are excited about the many ideas that he plans to implement when soccer resumes. Biren took on the role of DOC in February on an interim basis.
Volunteer of the Year – Dale Bolton
The PCSA Board announces Dale Bolton as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for 2019. Dale has served as Club Treasurer for many years, as well as making a tremendous contribution to the club in numerous other ways. She is always ready to “pitch in” when something needs doing. Dale is also active in the broader soccer community, with a focus on youth.
Academy Teams Finish 1st and 2nd
Final standings in the 2019-2020 Provincial Indoor Soccer League abbreviated season have been announced. Due to the suspension of all sanctioned soccer in Ontario, PISL was forced to cancel the remainder of the indoor league season and Championship (1st v. 2nd) games. Points percentage as of March 12 was used to determine the final standings, with the first and second placed teams awarded the League Champion and League Finalist titles respectively.
PCSA Academy U17 Girls were undefeated (4-0-4) and finished in 1st place (League Champions) in their division. The PCSA Academy U16 Boys had a record of 4-2-2 and finished in 2nd place (League Finalist). Congratulations to both teams and Academy Coaches Gergin Naoumov, Franco Turnone, Sam Barratt and Christine Barrick.
2019 Hogan Award Winner Announced
Congratulations to Eden Hazeldine (U14 Girls), winner of the 2019 Hogan Award. This award is made annually to the Peterborough City youth player best representing skill in soccer, commitment to the game, team and club and team leadership. The award honours the memory of PCSA U12 player Mark Hogan and his mother Joanne who were killed in an automobile accident in 1999. Eden was presented with the award by PCSA president Dan Moore during a break in Academy training at the Spiplex on February 18th.