Sarah Osadetz acts as the coaching co-ordinator for Golden Minor Soccer.

Minor soccer thrives under volunteers

When Sarah Osadetz jumped into the world of Golden Minor Soccer, she was amazed by how many dedicated people keep the organization running.

Sarah Osadetz is no stranger to volunteering in Golden, but when she jumped into the world of Golden Minor Soccer she was amazed by how many dedicated people it takes to keep the organization running.

“It’s probably the most intense 10-week period of volunteerism around,” said Osadetz, who serves as the coaching co-ordinator, as well as refereeing and pitching in wherever she can.

Although very active in various sports, soccer was never Osadetz’s forte. But when her daughter Lily, now 13, found her niche in Golden Minor Soccer last year, Osadetz decided to jump in with both feet.

“My daughter finally found something she loved,” she said.

With very little soccer knowledge Osadetz decided the best way to learn was to take the referee course, something she recommends to anyone starting out with soccer.

She soon took on more responsibilities, and is now excited to be working with the dedicated board to hopefully grow the organization. The season officially wrapped up this past weekend, but if the interest is there, Osadetz wants to continue practise sessions for the competitive U-15 girls team, and possibly even enter the team into a fall tournament.

“With such a short season they start, get good, then they stop,” she said. There is even talk of starting some sort of fall program, or winter indoor program.

It is the volunteers, however, that make these things happen.

“It will depend on interest, and volunteerism… The current board, coaches, refs, everyone at Golden Minor Soccer puts in so much time and effort. It really is an amazing group,” said Osadetz.

That being said, the more volunteers the better, especially with referees.

“It really is the most well-attended sport in Golden. There are 260 kids, 40 coaches, and even the older players are helping out with the younger teams. There’s some amazing soccer players here, it’s great to see.”