I received an email yesterday that peaked my interest. It was in regards to Chadwick’s patting himself (and everyone else involved in the swimming tent) on the back blog post “Centennial Pool Gets Finishing Touches” . The part of the post that the e-mailer was interested in is the following:
“Here you can see the visitor’s room more clearly. The dark window at the centre, back, is the main office. There are several other offices inside, including one for training, and ONE FOR THE CLIPPERS SWIM CLUB.”
So the Clippers get their own office at Centennial Pool. The question I ask is, do they pay the town rent for this office or was this all part of the original donation that someone made to the town by a Clippers donor? It seems the town can’t do enough for this swim club. A $3.5 million facility for a club that has, what 100 members? I also ask how much does the Clippers pay for there use of the Centennial Pool now?
Let’s compare that to soccer in Collingwood.
Collingwood United Soccer Club has over 1,400 active players. The field user fees are around $37,000.00 per year. Fisher Field and Harbourview Park are the main locations where soccer games are played. In neither of these locations are there permanent washroom facilities (there are porta potty’s) or somewhere to get changed. Meaning if its pouring with rain during a game not only do you or child get soaking wet, but so does all the clothes that you want to get changed into.
Fisher Field has been in service for seven years now, so given size of the demographic in Collingwood of kids and adults that play soccer, plus the amount of user fees that soccer players pay into the town. Is it not time that some of the seemingly endless swimmer and hockey dollars got diverted to soccer? Or do we continue to be the poor cousins of the local sports scene?