With few places to discuss what really is the biggest development in youth soccer in the province in decades, this blog is becoming one of few places to come for info and discussion. Overall that’s good and I want to encourage that. I think overall the level of comments has been great. Comments are engaging and informative and it is hopefully helping to ensure a healthy, transparent process as we move toward final decisions on who will get franchises.
A couple of things. I put the map showing the applicants location and level of support with a bit of a chuckle knowing it would spark debate. As I said it is not to be taken too seriously and it certainly is not going to influence decision makers.
Naturally though, people are taking the awarding of franchises very seriously and when you have an unusual municipality like Surrey which has three separate applicants and its, supposedly, largest club (the very new Central City Breakers) supporting none of them and instead opting to throw in with Golden Ears/Pitt Meadows, there’s going to be some sparks.
I’ve adjusted the map to reflect some info I received by email to show part of Surrey as ‘disputed’ and to move CCB’s ‘border’ back north about 20 blocks after moving it right down to Newton Athletic Park.
I was tempted to just take the map down but it does serve a useful function given the fact that it’s been made clear that distributing the franchises around the Lower Mainland will be a factor in the awarding process. Demonstrating collaboration is also a factor and the map incorporates that as well.
The map page had just under 500 views yesterday alone (which was the busiest day for traffic the blog has had) so it’s going to stay as long as the signal to noise ratio it creates stay healthy.
I will moderate comments when necessary though. Also, I won’t whip off a post in response to emails I’m getting along the lines of ‘this club/entity is getting too much attention/praise/complaints’. Play nice and keep the discourse at the current high standard. There’s lots of very good information being posted and I hope it stays that way.
Beyond that, the actual vote to pass the motion to create the HPL just got a quick post as I was at a BCSA training session to use the new online registration system they’re promoting to members. Jason Elligott, from BCSA, told me while we there that it passed.
It’s a remarkable milestone that is worthy of a second mention. Many people worked for many years to build clubs that we could point to and say, “Okay, we have the vehicle ready for something better. Let’s build the road for it.” Surrey United is one of those clubs, and under the long term stewardship of Tom Duncan, became one of the few definitions of what a club that wants to make top players needs to look like. There’s many more long-serving, long suffering volunteers across the Lower Mainland who have worked for and fought for the improvement to youth soccer that HPL promises to be. I’d like to tip my hat to all of them for the thousands of hours they have put into moving us to the point we’re at now.