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Krista Wander displays equipment donated by parents and players of the Clarence Soccer Club for Project Passback.

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | December 20, 2012

The Clarence Soccer Club has been offering a high-energy, team sport to Clarence families for more than 40 years. This club continues to educate and train its players each year and builds character in each and every person that steps foot on the field.

Executive Director of the Clarence Soccer Club Sherry Frost was introduced to the club when her oldest son began to play. All three of her children played in the club and she continued to stay involved even after they were past the age limit to play.

I think its a great organization and its a great outlet for the kids, said Frost, explaining why she continued her involvement at the club. I love the people and I love the kids and its a worthwhile way to spend your time.

This organization has about 2,000 players that participate, making it the largest youth organization in the Town of Clarence.

The Clarence Soccer Center, a 39-acre complex, is located at the corner of Kraus and Clarence Center Roads and these fields are used for the outdoor sessions of the club.

The indoor league is played at the Epic Center on Wehrle Drive in Williamsville. The club does not have its own indoor facility but Frost said its the next goal for the clubs long range planning. If a facility were to be built, it would be funded by the soccer club itself.

The club has two components, a travel league and a house league. Having an indoor facility would greatly benefit the travel teams. Travel teams have to reserve their own times to practice at either the Epic Center or a local gym. An indoor facility would give all of the teams somewhere to play and practice right in Clarence.

The Clarence Soccer Club also conducts a unique project, which has sent more than 3,500 pieces of gently used soccer equipment and clothing to the Buffalo Soccer Club, Africa and Nicaragua. This is called Project Passback and was brought to the clubs attention by outstanding parent volunteer Mike Wander who thought the club should get involved.

With this project, the club sends equipment and clothing to other soccer clubs that may otherwise not be able to afford it. The goal is to help more children have the opportunity to play soccer.

Frost believes that all kids should have the opportunity to play and that its a great sport for children and even adults.

Its a great physical activity and it builds skills for life, she said. Its a total team sport. You cant play it alone and its something you can do for a long time.

The Clarence Soccer Club is mostly run by many dedicated volunteers and parents. Frost said that the club is lucky to have so many volunteers who help keep the program running and to have parents who put the time and effort in to bringing their children to play soccer at the club.

For more information about the club, visit www.clarencesoccer.org.

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