Hi Coaches & Managers,
Please share this with others.
I trust you are all doing well. Last week the club sent out an email regarding the status of the fields etc. We need everyone to get involved in order for everyone to have somewhere to play. Some 3000 -4000 people play soccer in the community.
I wanted to give you a bit more detail, encourage your participation and to encourage others to participate too.
History-Community fields is scheduled to close soon. Probably June 2018 at the end of the 2017/2018 season. This is due to the FAA wanting to close it due to safety concerns. Concerns that came up some time ago. It will remain open if work on a new complex has begun.
Town of Normal are committed to building a new state of the art facility. Currently do not own any soccer fields.
City of Bloomington-currently have no interest in building a new complex, apart from a couple of council members. They own no soccer fields. They recently released a 10 year parks and rec master plan with no planned soccer fields.
What we are trying to achieve-we are trying to get the City Of Bloomington to put money into this project to help Normal with the development of the fields. The fields can still be built without Bloomington, but it would be much better if we can get them involved. We are not asking for a tax raise. Bloomington currently have money that could go towards this as they have paid off old debt. In addition perhaps adding a hotel tax would help offset the cost. Ideally the new complex will have other athletic facilities too, as many other sports need facilities too.
What You & Others Can Do To Help-
We want to make it known that there is an immediate need for new facilities. The discussion on this has been going on for over 10 years and nothing has happened to this point. If the voters make it known that it is an important need for our community, then something will be done. If not, nothing will be done.
Here is what we are encouraging you all and others to do.
Email your council members
Call your council members
Meet with your council members
Attend council meetings and speak
Attend Mayor meetings and bring up the concern
Do the same with the new people running for office
Contact local news outlets and let them know of the immediate need
Post on social media.
This needs to be done starting now and continue for as long as we can maintain it.
We don’t want the communication to be cookie cutter, as we have been told that they get ignored. Instead use your own words and tell your own story.
Here are some bullet points.
What are your plans for when we lose Community Fields at the end of 2017?
Where do you specifically stand on this situation?
If they disperse kids throughout the community, we could have one kid on the west side of town and another kid on the east side of town practicing at the same time. Is that correct?
How do you expect the elimination of the fields to effect the Quality of Life for (3000?) kids & Adults who play recreational and travel soccer here?
If we don’t have fields, we will lose teams. Families will go to Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, etc. to play and spend their money. Is that what you want?
I personally know kids who are off the streets because we give them the opportunity to soccer. What will you do when more kids are carousing our towns? What are you going to offer them to do?
This is more than just soccer. You also need to consider lacrosse, cricket, etc.
Please help pass the word on this important project.
If you have questions or need more information, please let me know.
Director of Coaching
Illinois Fusion Soccer Assoc
705 E. Lincoln Suite 115
Normal, IL 61761