FIFA and West Ottawa Soccer Club Announce FIFA Training Facility at Wesley Clover Parks

Ottawa, May 7, 2015 — The National Organizing Committee for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM announced the location of its training sites across the country today. Wesley Clover Parks and West Ottawa Soccer Club are pleased to reveal that a partnership to bring a FIFA 2-star artificial turf training field to Wesley Clover Parks was successful. Construction and preparation of the field will be completed in time for tournament training to commence in early June.

“We’re very happy to play a role in this historic event in Ottawa, and obviously to host the legacy training field once the tournament is complete,” said Karen Sparks, Executive Director of Wesley Clover Parks. “We’re also looking forward to working with West Ottawa Soccer Club and other local organizations to build on this important soccer investment in our community well into the future.”

While soccer fields were already in the plans for Wesley Clover Parks, the integration of a FIFA 2-star ar3ficial turf field will allow for the development of a true centre of excellence for soccer in western Ottawa.

“Ottawa is a quickly growing Na3onal soccer hub and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM is going to further accelerate the crea3on of a true soccer culture,” said West Ottawa Soccer Club’s President Brian Mason. “These infrastructure investments being made now will help create the conditions for our players to train and compete at a world class level.”

The 30 day, 24 nation, competition featuring the best women’s soccer players in the world will take place from June 6 - July 5. The eight teams to descend on Ottawa during the round robin will be Germany, Cote D’Ivoire, Norway, Thailand, Mexico, France, Korea, and Spain.

About Wesley Clover Parks

Wesley Clover Parks is an outdoor recreation and learning hub that promotes health and education through connections with nature and the outdoors, within Canada’s Capital Greenbelt, on lands owned by the National Capital Commission. The facility was established in 2014 when the Wesley Clover Foundation took over operations of the former Nepean Na3onal Equestrian Park and the adjacent Ottawa Municipal Campground. The new combined site, Wesley Clover Parks, is planned to grow into a robust community asset that benefits Ottawa residents and all Canadians with education, positive health effects and local economic impacts.

About the West Ottawa Soccer Club

WOSC was founded in 2010 from the amalgamation of like-minded community soccer Clubs located in Ottawa’s west end. The Club is professionally managed with a growing full time and part-time staff. The WOSC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and works with an extensive network of volunteers to deliver its programs.

It is the Club’s mission to grow, promotes and strengthen soccer in Ottawa by providing all participants with quality development, recrea3onal, representative and elite programs for life.

The following values guide our decisions:

Excellence: We invest in creating the best environment to learn, work, play and volunteer in; we continuously strive to deliver outstanding programs; we don’t just do it ... we do it better.

Teamwork: We foster a deep sense of loyalty and respect among WOSC staff, volunteers and partners; we collaborate to achieve common goals; we challenge each other to raise the bar.

Integrity: We are fiercely committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, with the right people; we believe in what we do.

Accountability: We are open and transparent in how we make decisions; we know our roles and look for ways to enhance our work; we keep our promises.

About The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, from June 6-July 5, 2015, will be hosted in Canada from coast to coast with matches to be played in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montréal, Québec and Moncton, New Brunswick. Recognized as the most important international competition in women’s football, the upcoming competition will unite football fans worldwide while giving Canada an opportunity to embrace the best of women’s sport.

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