Central Whidbey may lose youth soccer program

Central Whidbey Soccer Club President Robert Wood said the organization is closing July 1 because of a lack of volunteers.

“For the past two years I have eagerly invited community enthusiasts and soccer parents to join our board of directors, and no one has stepped forward,” Wood said in a letter to the media.

“As of Sunday, May 20, I am the final CWSC board member — all others have either resigned or are engaged with family affairs which take priority.”

For the club to survive, he added, all of the board positions will need to be filled in the next 30 days.

The CWSC board includes a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, registrar, sponsorship chairman and equipment manager.

In addition, the following tasks need to be addressed: financial management and electronic bill pay with Heritage Bank; management and upkeep of the club’s Google for non-profit accounts and electronic files; and management and upkeep of the club’s website, www.centralwhidbeysoccer.com

“I’m sorry that this situation has arrived,” Wood said. “I wish I had the leadership and strength to gain a new BOD in the shortest possible time and allow the club to continue operations and provide an opportunity to learn the beautiful game.”

If volunteers to fill the board do not come forward, the fall season will be cancelled, all equipment will be donated appropriately and all funds will be distributed to the Coupeville High School as a donation to its soccer teams, according to Wood.

A small fund will be kept in the club’s bank account to maintain its domain name and structure should someone wish to revive the club in the near future, he added.

“Should a group of you wish to serve the club and community and continue operations, I am happy to remain on as an adviser to assist in the transition,” Wood said.