Wolverines ask for fields

The Woodstock Minor Football Association appeared before council Nov. 15 to make their case for having a practice and premier football field for their program.

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The Woodstock Wolverines are looking for a place to call home.

The Woodstock Minor Football Association appeared before council Nov. 15 to make their case for having a practice and premier football field for their program.

“We have a need for our own home base. We’ve used Cowan Park extensively. We worked well with opportunities there and to have a chance to continue to defend what we’ve worked for and we have a need for a practice field and a premier field,” Wolverines head coach Chris Camboia told council.

“It’s not optional for the leagues we play in. With that success, it’s the thing that makes the difference for us,” Camboia added on the Wolverines need for a field. “We don’t look at the scoreboard. The biggest lessons these young men learn is to overcome diversity, to do it with discipline and respect and to understand we is bigger than me.”

Wolverines players and parents filled the council gallery as Camboia delivered a speech on the organization’s need for the pair of fields.


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The organization has come off an Ontario Football League bantam championship Nov. 3 and also has teams in the Ontario Provincial Football League. Camboia added universities have started paying attention to the program’s players and they had six participate for Team Ontario against an Ohio all-star team.

The Wolverines organization has been in existence for more than a decade, but have seen their program surge in players with Camboia saying hundreds play each year on teams from ages seven to 17.

Camboia asked council to investigate the creation of two fields in the Cowan Park area.

Woodstock has three football fields at College Avenue Secondary School, Huron Park Secondary School and St. Mary’s Catholic High School, but belong to the area’s public and Catholic school boards.

Councillor Sandra Talbot asked if those fields could be used for practice. Camboia said they have been, but as their program’s grown and they’ve joined football leagues the requirement for an artificial turf field is essential.

“We don’t have a home. Every centre we play has a home. We practice for playoffs and championships with truck lights on baseball diamonds… I want to give champions a home. These are the future leaders of Oxford County.”

Councillor Todd Poetter, in his final council meeting, urged the next council to listen to Camboia and help out how they can.

“Whatever we can do for these guys we really need to do it,” Poetter said.

Councillor Deb Tait, who said she had two children participate with the Wolverines program, also asked council to do what they can for the football program.

Councillor Jerry Acchione moved to take the 14 minute presentation as information and asked staff to prepare a report. Poetter seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

“At Cowan Park there’s a great opportunity. We’re one of the biggest users there… If we don’t have a home we can’t continue to serve. We’ve come a long way where we have hundreds of kids, so when it comes to providing a further platform as we continue to grow it’s impossible to do so without a home.”