Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SPORTS STORY >> Future of youth soccer in Cabot in discussion

Leader staff writer

Cabot Parks and Recreation will hold three public meetings for the recreational soccer program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 13 and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the Veterans Park Community Center events center.

“Cabot soccer participants have three meetings to voice their opinions on what they like and what they wanted changed,” parks director Travis Young said.

He said outside organizations expressed interest in running the soccer program.

The Cabot Parks and Recreation Commission ended its contract with the Cabot Soccer Association this month due to lack of financial transparency and personnel issues.

“The goal is to take what the Cabot Soccer Association has built and make it better for the citizens of Cabot who participate. We want to ensure youth soccer will have a program run to the quality as our other sports programs,” Young said.

He said Cabot soccer will continue to teach the basic fundamentals and skills so players can move on to competitive play.

The Cabot Soccer Association plans to appeal to the city council to renew its contract with Cabot Parks and Recreation.

If the council does not overturn the commission’s decision, the Cabot Soccer Association can play elsewhere in Lonoke County or dissolve and donate its funds to a non-profit organization.

The Cabot Soccer Association is dropping competitive travel league soccer for next season and will focus on recreational soccer.

People with questions or comments about soccer can contact Travis Young or program director Lorenzo Mendoza at (501) 605-1506, or attend the scheduled meetings.