Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan

Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Soccer Association

Saskatchewan Soccer Association

May 31, 2005 16:30 ET

Saskatchewan Credit Unions Build a Sponsorship with the Saskatchewan Soccer Association Worth $300,000

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - Saskatchewan credit unions and the Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA) are extremely pleased to announce a sponsorship that will grow the game of soccer throughout the province. The agreement represents a three-year commitment to provide $100,000/year to support the SSA.

"We are looking forward to continuing to grow and promote the game of soccer through this strategic arrangement. The support of the credit unions allows our association to move forward with our current portfolio of programs as well as implement new target group initiatives at both the grassroots and elite soccer levels throughout the province," says Bjorn Osieck, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

The SSA works with soccer players, coaches and officials at all levels, from grassroots to elite, and is committed to making the game available to children and adults of all ages and of varied backgrounds and abilities. Financial support from Saskatchewan credit unions will enable the SSA to expand their coaches', youth and officials' programs including key areas such as developing female players and delivering programs to aboriginal communities.

"The Saskatchewan Soccer Association is a perfect fit for Saskatchewan credit unions," says Keith Nixon, credit union representative. "Credit unions are grassroots organizations, owned and supported by the people they serve. Soccer is played in communities all across Saskatchewan - and you can find credit unions in 285 communities in our province. This sponsorship has the potential to benefit every community."

The sponsorship funds will support a number of SSA objectives, including development in players, coaches and officials and skill, education and certifications. Specific programs include on-line coaching for volunteers, school soccer clinics, summer soccer camps, and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in Saskatchewan. The funding will be used for program refinement and awareness, growth and legacy building.

"Credit unions recognize that strong communities are the foundation for the quality of life and positive environment Saskatchewan people deserve, "says Nixon. "Saskatchewan credit unions contributed and raised over $5 million for charitable causes throughout the province in 2004. For credit unions, investing in Saskatchewan communities is both a responsibility and a privilege."

At a local level throughout the province, the SSA will engage local credit union employees as volunteers and partner with local credit unions to provide promotional opportunities associated with SSA community events.

"We feel honoured to be working with the credit union movement and their close ties to communities all around the province. In building the game to include the larger centres and more and more of the rural areas, we feel the credit union's close community connections positively reflects the values and relationships that are key to the development of our organization in Saskatchewan," says Rob Newman, President of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

Soccer promotes a healthy, physical lifestyle for kids and adults. The benefits from being involved in soccer go far beyond the boundaries of the soccer field. Long-term, some of the friendships, skills and attitudes developed by playing soccer will last for years. They will be part of the make-up of our future citizens and leaders.

The products these two companies deliver may be quite different - recreation versus financial - but they share a lot of the values of what it takes to make Saskatchewan a great place to live, work and raise our families.

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Contact Information

  • SaskCentral Communications
    Janelle Lindsey
    (306) 566-1684
    Saskatchewan Soccer Association
    Bjorn Osieck
    (306) 780-9225