It’s been a long winter, but the snow is melting and with some luck we’ll start the spring season on time. We’re also gearing up to break ground on Winchester Community Park!
The WCP Committee has been reviewing construction proposals, and carefully studying turf options for the synthetic fields. With the assistance and guidance of John Moriarty & Associates we expect to select a General Contractor in the coming weeks, and construction could begin as soon as June depending on weather and contractor availability. WCP will truly be the “Home Field” for all of the Winchester soccer community, including WSC sandlot & travel, SFC club teams, Over 30/40/50 adult teams, and the Winchester Soccer Club’s TOPS program. Thanks to a generous contribution by the Steven R Baum foundation to fund the initial purchase of power wheelchairs, WSC will also be adding a Power Soccer program to the clubs list of offerings once the new fields come on line. Power Soccer is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users, and combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself, to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer.
It’s pretty amazing what synthetic turf fields, with lights, will enable us to achieve from a scheduling perspective. The WSC field scheduler recently created a “sample” schedule for the upcoming spring season, as if WCP was already on-line, and by adding “cross-field” lines for 8v8v & 6v6 play , we were able to schedule most of our weeknight practices for travel and club play on the two fields, with some limited overflow on to town fields required. The sample schedule assumed play only until 9:30 PM, with sandlot & travel teams practicing on M-W-F, and SFC teams on Tuesday/Thursday. We believe the fields will also accommodate most of our weekend game play, with town games on Saturday, and SFC games on Sunday, and including time in the schedule for travel, TOPS and adult league play as well.
Please watch this blog and website for more frequent updates, including pictures from the site now that we’re about to break ground!