04 Sep 2012
- Written by Taylor Turner
Welcome to The Supporting Angle, a blog written by Dino Lopez, Technical Director of Oakville Soccer Club (OSC), to help promote our club philosophy, build a body of critical thinkers around the game, and to engage in spirited discourse with the soccer community at large.
I’ve always appreciated people who are willing to post their thoughts to be scrutinized and debated by others and feel that as Technical Director of OSC I should be brave enough to share my thoughts as it relates to our club and to the game we love. I hope you enjoy the discussion.
The Community Club
At the time of this first post, we at OSC are mourning the loss of Michael Kleine-Hermelink -- a friend, coach and player in the club who was taken from us too early in life. It’s fitting that this first blog entry is inspired by his memory.
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.”
- Frederico Fellini
I have been at the foot of Machu Picchu on a futsal field and played the game versus guides and hikers, prior to the assent to see one of the wonders of the world; I’ve been on a beach on an island with no cars or roads, and played against a mixture of fishermen, tourists and local children; and I’ve played for our country in international competition. Although the intensity of each experience was different, the common thread is that a mutual passion for the game of football (soccer) connected me with people whom I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to meet -- many of whom I call friends to this day.
I’m not sure when the game became such a big part of my life but I know that the same coup has happened in the lives of billions of people around the world. If the game is the macro-connector that connects people around the world, then the local football club is the micro-connector that connects the sport to the community. Even though we share in the culture of the game worldwide, we further galvanize our relationship with the game through our community club, where we explore our own personal expression of the sport.
At Michael’s memorial there was a collage of pictures that depicted all elements of his life - a life that showed a love for family, friends, activity, photography, and included pictures of his life as part of Oakville Soccer Club. As a staunch Liverpool supporter, Michael’s memorial card had the Liverpool crest emblazoned on the front. His family displayed a picture of him and his daughter Tayler at a professional game, pictures of him playing football and of the team he coached here at OSC. While most pictures, rightfully, were of family, woven into those moments were moments he shared with our club and ways he enriched our community. We weren’t just a service provider that offered recreation to his family. His players, his teams and his fellow coaches, were part of who he was.
As a football club we strive to connect our members and the community, using the game as the glue that binds us together. The club is the epicenter of our community’s football family, where we find a local celebration and expression of the global game. I still have proud memories of my youth club, Toronto Italia. A large group of those players still get together now, in our 40’s, to play an annual game because of the pride we once shared in the crest on the left side of our chest.
The local club is still the place where families learn to have fun playing the game of football. It is our on-field connection to the game we see the pros play. It’s the place where every player from house league to rep share the same crest that Diana Matheson, Junior Hoilett and Kara Lang wore and perhaps where they start on the path to becoming a pro themselves. It’s the place where mothers and fathers hand the game down to their children, and their children’s children. Here in Oakville we have grandparents who either played or coached in the club and are now spectators as their grandchildren take the field. It’s the place where we learn to win and learn to lose, but we mainly learn to love the game.
At Michael’s funeral I couldn’t help but be grateful that the sport and the club had caused our paths to cross, if only briefly. In the long run the strength of any club is not in the win or loss column but in the bonds that tie families into a community and tie that community to the sport. I, therefore, am writing this in memory of Michael Kleine-Hermelink, who exemplifies all that we believe in at OSC. He was an active participant in the global game and the local game who, as a result, became part of our family and who allowed us to be a part of his. Rest in Peace, Michael.
In Memory of Michael Kleine-Hermelink 1964-2013. “You’ll never walk alone.”
04 Sep 2012
- Written by Taylor Turner
By Desmond Jordan, Sylvan Learning
On Thursday, August 24, I attended the Oakville Soccer Club's Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon at Glen Abbey Golf Course where this year’s winners were recognized and received their awards. I was representing Sylvan Learning Oakville as a sponsor and as one of the members of the 2012 Scholarship Selection Committee that led up to this day.
It was a great event with an amazing keynote speaker in George Heller, former CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company and one of the most prominent and successful business leaders in Canada. George is also very passionate about amateur sport and sport in general as a model for leadership and life skills. The message was that life is a team sport and no one can achieve anything great by themselves. Therefore, they have to learn to share the work and successes and failures as individuals within a team. He believes anyone who thinks they deserve all the glory in sport, in business or in life is missing the whole point.
05 Jun 2012
By Angelika Uremovich
To the very generous administrators of the Oakville Soccer Club,
I would like to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the overwhelming amount of jerseys that were donated to me for my service trip to Botswana. This year has been unlike any other for me; it has been a time of discovering my true passion, learning, loving, growing, and appreciating.
The Oakville Soccer Club fostered my love of soccer, as I began playing house league when I was six, and currently I am playing my second year in the Women’s League for Hamilton. I am going into my fourth year studying Sport Administration at the University of Louisville, where I play for the Women’s team. In the fall of 2011 I was introduced to Sport for Development.
19 Apr 2012
Former OSC player and current Canadian women's national team star Diana Matheson has been busy preparing for the upcoming London Olympics where the Canadian women will compete against the best soccer teams in the world.
With over 100 caps to her name, Matheson is an integral part of the CWNT but a recent knee surgery has kept her off the roster and out of national team training camps since before the Olympic qualifiers held in Vancouver in January. Matheson made the trip to Vancouver with the team, but watched from the stands as her team accomplished their goal of qualifying for London 2012.
Since then, Matheson has been working tirelessly to get back into match form and has been training with some of the OSC Rep teams around town before she heads to Vancouver once again to join her teammates at training camp. She recently trained with the OSC boys U16 A and B teams - something that team manager Stephen Bruce describes as an unforgettable experience.
13 Apr 2012
- Written by Taylor Turner
Written by Board member Al D'Addese
Good day - my name is Al D’Addese.
I have been asked to provide some insight into what motivated me to become an OSC Board of Directors member and what my first four months of experience on the Board have taught me.
Let me start by saying that I stated in my election speech that it would be an honour and a privilege to serve on the OSC BOD and four months later I still hold true to this statement. Rest assured that there is a lot of effort from the Board level through to our very competent staff to improve our member experience with all of the OSC programs.
What drew me to this position?
When I looked at the OSC Vision and Mission statements I believed there was a lot we could all be proud of – OSC believes in promoting the game of soccer, making the sport fun for all and “Advancing Every Player” to their full potential. This vision and the strategic plan that accompanies it clearly sets OSC apart from most sports organizations and I believe we are on the right path to being a GREAT soccer club. With the right execution we can be an example for other sports organizations.