Hollandia Soccer Club is the first Club in Saskatchewan, Canada to participate in the Peace Field initiative. The Peace Fields Project ceremony took place Sunday 26th September, 2021. Hollandia Soccer Club’s close relationship with the The Saskatoon Soccer Centre and Saskatoon Youth Soccer, recognises the important connection that twins their peace pitch with Flanders Peace Field, Mesen, Belgium; site of the 1914 First World War Christmas Truces.
Left to right: Austion Boryski, Hollandia Head Coach, Jodi Blackwell, CEO Saskatoon Soccer Centre, David Kirton, City of Saskatoon City Councillor for Ward 3, Mick Gale, NCFA International Peace Fields Project Ambassador, Emil Highway, Bart Voswinkel, President of Hollandia, Mark Millard, President of Saskatoon Youth Soccer, Steven Ross, Percy Hoff, Hollandia Technical Director, Trevor Percy, Vice President of Hollandia, Alicia Osses, Secretary of Hollandia
Left to right: Emil Highway, Mick Gale, Steven Ross
Mick Gale, NCFA’S International Peace Fields Project Ambassador (Left) and Bart Voswinkel, Hollandia Soccer Club, President (right), sign the Declaration for Peace certificates which advocate peace through play, equality and friendship. A copy of the Declaration will be held by the Peace Village, Mesen, where a duplicate Hollandia Soccer Club Peace Plaque will be displayed, over-looking the Peace Pitch Flanders Peace Field.
MEMORIAL IN BELGIUM TO ALL CANADIANS THAT FOUGHT IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Hollandia Soccer Club are preparing their Peace Fields Project ceremony for Sunday 26th September, 2021. NCFA sponsor and founder-member, Colin Farley presented NCFA’s International Projects Director and Peace Field Project Ambassador, Mick Gale with the Peace Poppy Ball to present to the Saskatoon Soccer Centre, Saskatoon, Canada. This is a very special peace pitch that is joining an ever growing number of peace pitches around the world. ‘The significance of a peace pitch in Saskatoon is poignant on so many more levels than just soccer’, said, Mick. All communities will benefit from playing sports on the peace pitch in the knowledge that celebrating peace through play is integral to commemorating all wars
Hollandia continues to set the benchmark for technical program delivery in Saskatoon and we continue to increase our player numbers. This is due in large part to our extraordinary community of players, families, and volunteers, who ensure that Hollandia has a bright future. Hollandia continues to be a strong advocate at the local and provincial levels for not only our members and community but for all players in our province. Our purpose, “Enhancing our community by inspiring people to enrich their lives through soccer” is a global one which we strive to accomplish by working collaboratively with other zones, local, and provincial authorities.