The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association announced today that Tom Thompson has resigned as President of the organization for personal reasons effective immediately.
The WYSA Board of Directors struck a nominating committee to be chaired by Past President Alastair Gillespie along with Director of Finance Ron Malech and Director of Outdoor David Holder. The Board has asked the nominating committee to canvass the soccer community to find a suitable candidate as soon as possible. The Board plans to appoint a new president based on recommendations from the committee to serve out the balance of the elected term, which ends in 2014. Through its constitution, WYSA’s membership has empowered the Board to appoint a replacement for the balance of the term.
The WYSA Board of Directors thanks Mr. Thompson for his service to the organization and to youth soccer. Mr. Thompson said he will remain active within the soccer community.
One year ago, a grass roots movement began - a consortium of service providers led by the Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) met with the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA), the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) and KidSport to address the underservicing of kids living in the inner city. The discussions were mindful of the realities families and service providers are facing in supporting their children and youth, and they highlighted the fact that there were hundreds of kids without access to a rite of childhood: mini soccer.
Flash forward one year the YAA, MSA, WYSA and 5 Winnipeg District Clubs, FC Northwest, Winnipeg Phoenix FC, Bonivital SC, Portage Trail SC, and Winnipeg South End United along with Tim Hortons, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Opportunities, the Mobile Mini Soccer Program came to life and has been visiting inner city areas to provide free mini soccer programming!
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MSA Policy Statement:
All Manitoba Soccer Association affiliated teams (ie. all WYSA Teams) must have approval from their District Club, WYSA and the MSA prior to playing in any exhibition or tournament games outside of Manitoba.
Be advised that the MSA requires each travel application to be submitted to them at least 2 weeks prior to departure - WYSA is currently working on a 3 day turnaround at this time of the year. All applications should be submitted to WYSA by the team's District Club and WYSA will return all completed applications to the District Club.
Please click here for the MSA Team Travel Application policy, procedure and application form.
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