Pickering FC
Weekly Update
June 17, 2022
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With more information than ever before, we know you’ll find the
answers to most of your questions on our website.

Dear Member, Stakeholder, Supporter,
We have to sadly share more heartbreak from our soccer family.

Last week, we were informed of the passing of a former competitive player, Jamal Anthony Drysdale. Jamal played for Pickering Soccer Club, at a high level in the Ontario Soccer League. Former Coach John Debenedictis described him as "Without a doubt, one of the nicest players I have ever coached". Jamal passed away on May 28th at the age of 29. A fantastic celebration of life with more than 300 family and friends in attendance was held at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church. We sends thoughts and prayers to his bereaved family.
When we think about Recreational soccer we know it's good, healthy fun. Lots of action, lots of goals, lots of cheering from the sidelines. What we don't always appreciate is the early development that goes on for our future PFC coaches and match officials. This week we received two fantastic updates from the field (and one Ontario Soccer recognition) that we just HAVE to tell you about.

We will start by congratulating Alanna Takashima who was named the Ontario Soccer Match Official of the Month for May. A great recognition for Alanna who not only plays a key role on the field but also off the field with her role on the PFC Match Official Committee. Her commitment to Match Official development and education has been noticed beyond our city fields. Congrats!!!

We currently have 55 active match officials in the PFC system and with the recent graduation of individuals from the 2022 clinics we have been able to get a good bank of officials. We are also seeing new officials from other clubs reaching out to us - word must be getting around with how we support our match officials at PFC.
From our U6 program at Woodlands our Recreational Coordinator David Lord was in conversation with Coach Anne and the U6 Girls Valour (Purple) team. Originally her husband was going to coach but had a job change that impacted his availability. Dave had asked Anne if she would be willing to get the team started until we found someone. Anne agreed and has continued to coach (just completing their 3rd week). Speaking to her at the field, Anne said 'it was amazing, the girls are great and we (PFC) make it so easy for her to coach because of the drills provided to her by Hollie and the steady stream of communication." 

We also had great feedback from Coach Anil Singh with our U8 Recreational program. He made these great points for parents and coaches to be aware of:

  1. The conditioning levels of players varies per child, and some players get tired quicker than others. This is quite noticeable during games and it is the coaches responsibility to increase the timing of player substitution for these players when it is evident that they are tired, gasping for air, or have muscle cramps. The welfare of the players takes precedence over playing time.
  2. Without the coaches consent some players leave the playing field to go to their parents for several different reasons (water break, fatigue, wanting a time out) forcing coaches to make unplanned player substitutions. This activity should be discouraged by parents and the players should be directed to the coach in order to make a substitution.
  3. Some players have arrived late or wearing the wrong colour jersey forcing delays in getting them into the game. Arriving on time and wearing the proper jersey are the parent's responsibility, and the coach has to be fair in allowing equal playing time for the players that arrived on time and ready to play. We suggest you bring both uniforms to the field so you can make a quick change if needed.
  4. Some players are reluctant to engage in the game even with plenty of encouragement from the coach. They wander the field away from the action, and there is confusion as to how much leniency a coach can give when a player still doesn't engage in the game. Coaches will always do their best to get everyone a good game experience and parents can help promote that need for attention on the field.

These are the stories we love to hear. Thank you to Dave, Hollie, and our entire team of Game Leaders, Match Officials, and Volunteer Coaches for getting this summer offer to such a strong start.

More stories 'from the pitch' coming soon!
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PFC is looking for Match Officials for this summer.
If you are interested please email DAVID LORD
THANK YOU to Beaver Valley Stone for your support of our U16B DRSL team. Your continued support has been so amazing for all of our players and families!
PFC L1O Men vs Darby FC
Kinsmen Park | 8pm | Tuesday June 21th
Our Women's League1 program is proudly sponsored by OTF Pickering
(1822 Whites Rd, Pickering)
Stay up to date with our League1 teams:
PFC All Abilities Returns to Holland Bloorview
We were so happy to be back at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital for our All Abilities Soccer ⚽️ Program. We met some very excited athletes today, who spent time learning about our program. Every child received a brand new soccer ball and a copy of Logan Learns to Play📕

We will be returning for our ⚽️ season which goes from October - March 2023. We hope to see you there !!
Lucas MacIsaac Memorial Volunteer Scholarship
The Pickering Football Club’s All Abilities Lucas MacIsaac Memorial Volunteer Scholarship has been created so that we may recognize those young men and women volunteering with our All Abilities program, who exemplify the “spirit” of Lucas MacIssac.

Lucas was a dedicated Volunteer with the All Abilities Program travelling to and from our Pickering Football Club every Saturday morning from Campbellville, Ontario. His passion for the sport of soccer was evident as he mentored our young athletes, leading them in fitness, soccer skills and soccer games. In addition to volunteering with our All Abilities Program, he also jumped into training with our Blind Soccer program and team mates from the Canada Soccer Para Team. Sadly, Lucas passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 after an 8 year battle with cancer.

Scholarship Details
  • One (1) $1000.00 Scholarship each academic year (Sept- May), to be paid in one (1) instalment.
  • Submission Deadline: June 31, 2022
  • Application available HERE
Applicants must submit a completed application accompanied with a letter of recommendation to the All Abilities Program Coordinator. If a candidate fulfills all requirements, their respective application will be reviewed by an Executive Committee panel and an award recipient will be chosen. The chosen recipient will be announced the end of July.
Please check out all the great offers from sponsors for your family available in Pickering!