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United DFC President's Update - September 14

Dear United DFC Families:

I hope everyone is doing well and taking care of each other.  It's been a very different summer for many but hope you were able to spend time with family and friends and enjoy what matters most. 

This update includes information on the following:

  • Inaugural United DFC U7-U18 Fall Tournament - Taking Place September 23-27 - Registration Link and Details - Registration NOW OPEN
    • 4v4 Games for U7 to U10 Players - 20 Min Games - 4 Games Guaranteed - Jamboree Style
    • 4v4 Games for U11 to U12 Players - 30 Min Games - 4 Games Guaranteed - Jamboree Style
    • 5v5 Games for U13 to U18 Players - 30 Min Games - 4 Games Guaranteed - Tournament Style
    • Registration Closes September 20.
  • Fall Programming Beginning Mid-October - Registration Opening Week of September 21st
  • Financial Status through COVID-19 - Balanced Books
  • Club Sponsorship Opportunities - Interested in helping reduce registration fees, consider being a Sponsor

 

Thank you for continuing to be part of our United DFC Family.  WE LOVE YOU and hope to see you this fall at the Tournament or as part of fall programming. 

MORE INFORMATION BELOW

 

Fall Programming Beginning Mid-October

We are ramping up for our indoor fall training and plan to have registration open the week of September 21st.  Program descriptions and exciting announcements of additional programming will be sent out via email, on our website and on social media accounts.  Ensure you are following us and Opting In for email communication from the club.  You don't want to miss any important communications about the exciting fall programming.

Also, the fall is the time of year when players move up an age band.  So please remember, registration will be determined by your players' birth year.  Here is a summary of the age bands and the corresponding birth years for this Fall and Summer 2021:

  • U18 (2003, 2004, & 2005)
  • U15 (2006 & 2007)
  • U13 (2008)
  • U12 (2009)
  • U11 (2010)
  • U10 (2011)
  • U9 (2012)
  • U8 (2013)
  • U7 (2014)
  • U6 (2015)
  • U5 (2016)
  • U4 (2017)

 

Financial Status through COVID-19

Thank you to all of our members that were able to participate in the reduced soccer programming this summer and to the coaches that continued to volunteer your time and energy towards improving the player experience.  There were definitely some challenges maneuvering through and with the COVID-19 restrictions, but we did it together and are all still safe and sound.  It was a learning curve for everyone and in the end, was a very positive experience that we will take forward into the fall. 

As with many other organizations, COVID-19 had a major impact not only on programming and services offered but on financial resources.  United DFC was equally challenged in this regard.  However, with some federal and provincial funding programs available and your incredible patience and commitment to UDFC, we were able to successfully balance the revenues and expenses this summer. 

With your feedback to our summer surveys on programming and interest, we were in a much better position to determine registration rates based on a most-probable number of participants.  This was key to our combined success.  Your opinion does matter so please take the time to fill out our surveys when they are released, because we DO use those to make strategic decisions that affect you, OUR MEMBERS

 

Club Sponsorship Opportunities

Having stated the above, and understanding most organizations are in similar positions, we are still encouraging and welcoming additional Sponsors and Sponsorship for United DFC, for those individuals and organizations in a position to do so.  If you have ideas or are able to sponsor the club, please reach out and let us know. 

 

United DFC,

 

Stay safe and healthy and thank you for being a part of United DFC,

Rob Gillis, President United DFC

on behalf of the UDFC Board and Staff

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