Rowan's Law - Concussion Awareness & Education

To our valued membership,
Today we recognize Rowan's Law Day.  Rowan’s Law is named after Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed).

Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.  Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.
In order to raise awareness of concussions and their long and short term implications, the Government of Ontario established Rowan’s Law in 2018 which makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  1. Ensure that athletes under 26 years of age, parents of athletes under 18, coaches, team trainers and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources;
  2. Establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention;
  3. Establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol 

The Oakville Soccer Club proudly supports of Rowan’s Law and the safety our players, and as such has a Concussion Code of Conduct for Players and a Concussion Return to Play Protocol in place. OSC will continue to share information regarding concussion identification and awareness throughout upcoming seasons. 

We encourage you to read more about Rowan’s Law and Ontario's Concussion Awareness Resources by clicking here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Club at any time. 
Dave Harris
Executive Director


The Oakville Soccer Club is sad to share the news the Nick Vetro, Youth House League and Special Programs Coordinator will be leaving OSC as of August 25th.

Nick played soccer with OSC throughout his childhood, and worked as a Client Services and Facilities staff before taking on the role of Youth House League and Special Programs Coordinator in 2016. Nick’s contributions to the Club have been significant, from helping to develop volunteer coaches and convenors to managing program staff to working hard to ensure that each and every player at the Club has had a positive soccer experience.

“Nick has been a great asset to the Oakville Soccer Club and his personality will be missed by all. We wish Nick all the best and hope that he coaches at OSC one day soon,” said Chris Grierson, OSC’s Senior Technical Director.

As Nick moves on to the next chapter of the career, we are pleased to announce to hiring of Leah Sherrett who will take over the role with the support of the Club’s Senior Technical Director Chris Grierson and the rest of the Technical staff.  Leah brings her extensive knowledge of the House League program to the position and is excited about working with all our volunteer coaches and convenors as well as the membership of the Oakville Soccer Club.

OSC Executive Director Dave Harris stated: “We are sad to see Nick leave the organization but excited to see what the future holds for him. I know he will be successful in the next facet of his life.”

Please join us in wishing Nick all the very best in his future endeavours.

Thanks for all that you have done, Nick – you will be missed, but we know you won’t be a stranger!

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Active Start Program Cancellation - Saturday, August 17

Please be advised that due to inclement weather, the Active Start program taking place at Isaac Park this morning (Saturday, August 17) is cancelled.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Open Letter to OSC Youth & Adult Membership

To the Oakville Soccer Club Membership:

As a responsible not-for-profit organization, communication and transparency is a priority for the Club’s management and Board of Directors. We are writing to you today to advise you of the addition of HST to the Club's registration fees beginning with the 2019-20 Fall and Winter seasons. 

Being fiscally responsible to our members means that we have been able to maintain our high calibre programming in the past while absorbing as many of the costs as possible. Unfortunately, a ruling was made against the Oakville Soccer Club by the Canada Revenue Agency which is out of our control and will necessitate future cost increases. 

In July of this year the Canada Revenue Agency officially notified the Club that effective with our Fall 2019 season, the Oakville Soccer Club must now add HST to all programs which feature players U15 and older.  This notice now means that all individual Youth and Adult registrations which reflect these age groups must be charged an additional 13% on top of the Club fee. 

Consequently, as a not-for-profit organization with an obligation to operate not only in a fiscally responsible manner but to remain compliant with the Canada Revenue Agency, it is now necessary to add the 13% HST to the Club’s registration fees beginning with the Fall season. Despite this ruling, we are working to mitigate the cost for next year’s Summer Outdoor registrations and will notify you of our progress prior to the opening of that registration period in January of 2020.

We recognize that increased costs can make playing soccer difficult for some and as such the Club is taking every step necessary to ensure we are creating a positive and affordable soccer experience for all of our members.

As an organization that prides itself on its reputation in the community and its relationship with its members, we felt there was a need to communicate and be as transparent as possible with you today.  We would like to thank you again for being a member of the Oakville Soccer Club and look forward to seeing you on the pitch this season.

OSC Board of Directors 


OAKVILLE, ON - The Oakville Soccer Club is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the National Youth Club Licence by Canada Soccer.

The top amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, the National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada. The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program is designed to guide member organizations throughout the country toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. By raising the standards of member organizations, both the daily playing environment and participant experience are enhanced; thereby improving the overall soccer system in Canada.

The primary goals of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program are to:

  • Set clearly defined standards and expectations for member organizations;
  • Recognize excellence in the soccer community;
  • Raise the level of all soccer organizations throughout Canada; and,
  • Drive change in the soccer system.

“We are pleased to announce the exemplary National Youth Club Licence holders that have worked diligently over the past 12 months to demonstrate a willingness to improve, to collaborate, and most importantly to raise the level of youth football in our country,” said Jason deVos, Canada Soccer’s Director of Development. “Each club worked with Canada Soccer and their respective Provincial and Territorial Member Association to define a roadmap of standards designed to improve the experience for all who participate in the game.”

National Youth Club Licence holders display characteristics and demonstrate behaviours aligned with the highest expectations of governance, administration, infrastructure, and technical while supporting their provincial association and Canada Soccer.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Oakville Soccer Club,” said OSC Executive Director Dave Harris.  “We are proud to achieve this status and it is a credit to our Board of Directors, staff, coaches and volunteers that we were awarded this licence.  The awarding of this licence demonstrates the Club’s commitment to its membership and the community of Oakville.”

Successful organizations have been granted the National Youth Club Licence for a period of two years and have created a collaborative work plan to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements and progress to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer. To learn more about the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, please click here.

The Oakville Soccer Club looks forward to maintaining the National Youth Club License status going forward, and to continuing to provide a positive soccer experience to members.

Media Contact:
Dave Harris
Executive Director
T 905-466-1418

OSC Awards Scholarships to Eight Deserving Club Members

The Oakville Soccer Club held its 10th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation at the Glen Abbey Golf Course on July 25th. During this luncheon, eight outstanding young ladies and gentlemen were selected to receive scholarships based on their contributions to the Club, as well as academic achievements and service to the community of Oakville.

The Oakville Soccer Club prides itself on being committed to providing dedicated members of the Club and community with assistance in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Through this program, OSC provides $12,000 in scholarships annually, and has awarded over $100,000 to worthy recipients since the programs’ inception ten years ago.

OSC was proud to welcome Mayor Rob Burton who brought greetings from the Town of Oakville, MP Pam Damoff and MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos to the awards presentation, all of whom provided certificates of achievement to the scholarship recipients. Certificates were also provided by MP John Oliver and MPP Stephen Crawford, both of whom were unable to attend. Mae Scatliff attended on behalf of Stephen Crawford.

“I am extremely pleased to recognize and congratulate the recipients of OSC’s 2019 Scholarship Awards,” said OSC Executive Director Dave Harris. “The Oakville Soccer Club is proud of the significant accomplishments of these young men and women not only as athletes, but academically and within the community. The Club is thrilled to assist our recipients with their education as they enter post-secondary institutions in the fall.”

OSC scholarship recipients and their post-secondary institutions including areas of study are as follows:

Dominique Hastings – Queen’s University – Commerce
Keira Latham – Wilfrid Laurier University – Bachelor of Arts
Hilary Marshall – Brescia University College – Kinesiology
Libby Murison – Brock University – Recreation and Leisure
Emily-Claire Ng – Wilfrid Laurier University – Business Administration
Sierra Pak – Western University – Nursing
Dylan Strathdee – Queen’s University – Commerce
Grace Wade – University of Waterloo – Mathematics & Business

Congratulations to these fantastic young individuals!

scholarship awards group photo 1

L-R: Libby Murison, Mayor Rob Burton, Dominique Hastings, Dylan Strathdee, Dave Harris, Keira Latham, Pam Damoff, Emily-Claire Ng, Mae Scatliff, Sierra Pak, Grace Wade
Not pictured: Hilary Marshall

scholarship awards group photo 2

L-R: Libby Murison, Emily-Claire Ng (seated), Dominique Hastings, Dylan Strathdee, Keira Latham (seated), Sierra Pak, Grace Wade
Not pictured: Hilary Marshall