We would like to applaud the Havelock Youth Soccer Association and its approach to construction of a new outdoor turf soccer stadium at the Havelock Recreation Complex.
The leaders of the association came up with a concept: to create a facility in which "indoor" soccer could be played.
Technically, it won’t be completely indoors, but the facility would be built to indoor soccer standards with walls that allow for balls to stay in play.
If you are used to outdoor soccer, indoor soccer is a vastly different game. The action is end-to-end, since the space is confined, and the sport offers fast-paced excitement that some compare to ice hockey or indoor lacrosse.
It’s a sport that can appeal to some parents who never considered soccer as an option for their children, and thus the facility could help grow the sport.
But, here’s what has us really excited.
First, anything that has the potential to get young children more active in this era of childhood obesity is a good thing.
Second, and more importantly for taxpayers, the soccer association plans to pay for construction of the facility with its own money.
The estimated construction cost is $20,000 to $25,000. That’s a huge expense for any nonprofit group.
However, the league plans to raise the money through sponsorships and donations.
League treasurer Bob Hardin came before the Havelock Board of Commissioners during Monday night’s meeting with the concept of a plan. He simply wanted to ask the board for permission to start a campaign to raise money for the facility. After all, it is to be built on city property at the recreation complex.
What he didn’t do was come with hat in hand, seeking a large chunk of money from the city — and by that we mean city taxpayers.
In this day and age when it seems so many want some sort of government handout, the league’s approach to constructing the soccer stadium is refreshing. It’s this kind of thinking that we hope makes residents more likely to support the association’s efforts.
We believe the soccer facility can be a good thing for the city and could serve to draw visitors to the area for tournaments and special events. But what we find appealing is the league’s approach to constructing it.
We’re sorry for the pun, but here’s hoping the league reaches its goal.