YEG Soccer Survey

YEG Soccer Survey

YEGSoccer has posted their results of their YEG Soccer survey.

Read full responses here. There is a summary table and written responses.


How have you supported soccer in the past?

I currently play Women’s Classics (indoor and outdoor) and I have for the last 3 years. Started playing at 12 and started a woman’s team in 1993. I played until I was 27 when I quit due to injuries from a motor vehicle collision. I was a referee for a few years and started coaching when I was 17. Coached for 6 years (usually 2 teams, took a number of them to Provincials). Took a break when I had kids and then coached my own kids (teams ranging from U8-U14) for 5 years.

How do you hope to improve the experience of soccer if you are elected to City Council?

We need to look at field maintenance beyond dandelions. Some fields are dangerous and rutted and need more rehsbilitation.

I would like to see standard field sizes in our mature neighbourhoods so that we could play in our communities instead of travelling so much. I’d also like to see indoor soccer facilities tied to other smaller recreation centres in mature neighbourhoods so we could sometimes play close to home.

I’d like to see recreation facilities that are flexible in terms of use so that they can accommodate shifting interests and demographics. This includes having indoor and outdoor facilities that meet specs but that are also adaptive. If we build new facilities I would like to see them on LRT or major transit routes. My older kids have quit due to a culture that is not very sporting. This is not an issue for everyone but more support for coaches around how to set tone and shape culture would be helpful.

We need to expand the opportunities for indoor practices including negotiating space more effectively.

Is there anything else you would like the 30,000 strong voter base soccer community to know?

Soccer has been an important part of my life as a player, coach and parent for over 30 years. Neighbourhood soccer is an amazing community builder in ways that we can’t always measure. I’ve always loved the accessibility of soccer and want to enhance opportunities for soccer in our communities. When it’s rooted in our neighbourhoods transportation is not an issue and costs can be  kept down for families, making it easier for everyone to have an opportunity to play.