Keep the Ball Rolling

From humble beginnings in 1976 with one team the Woodstock Soccer Club is run by volunteers elected to the Executive Board.

Since the mid 1990’s the Woodstock Soccer Club and the City of Woodstock have had an operating partnership that has resulted in the provision of excellent soccer opportunities for the community. Over the years, more than 25 youth members have won athletic scholarships to colleges and universities in Canada and in the United States. The youth program has also produced several members who have played or are currently playing at the provincial competitive levels.

The Vision

The Woodstock Soccer Club was looking for a permanent home and wished to create a permanent complex that would accommodate both outdoor and indoor soccer at recreational and competitive levels. In the year 2000 the City of Woodstock, with an agreement of financial support from the Woodstock Soccer Club, purchased the land of the site of the former Oxford Regional Centre and the grounds were immediately turned into 11 soccer fields of various sizes, a small storage building was constructed and the permanent home of the Woodstock Soccer Club was born.

Our Facilities

An agreement made between the City of Woodstock and the Woodstock Soccer Club resulted in WSC volunteers operating the club on behalf of the City in this manner until 2007 when the administration building was constructed.

In 2007, the Phase 1 of the current complex was underway. Construction began on an International size premier competitive pitch, 5 new three-quarter sized fields as well as 400 additional parking spaces. Once again the WSC agreed to make a financial commitment to the work. The project became the recipient of a sizable contribution from the Frank Cowan Foundation and the consequent naming of the grounds resulted.
The project became known as Cowan Park.

In 2009, to fulfill the vision of a “complete” multi-function facility Phase 2 of construction included the development of an indoor pitch with elevated walking track and a multi -use hall and was completed in January 2011.

Fortunate to have an optimum location that includes 16 regulation soccer pitches, 6 mini fields, a lit premier pitch, an indoor soccer facility, elevated walking track and multi-use hall, Cowan Park is the envy of many communities. The arrangement between the City and the club is a unique one and unlike any other in Ontario.
Once the Cowan Park building was completed, the City turned over the keys and all operational responsibilities to the Club under terms of a 30 year agreement and the Cowan Park Board of Directors was appointed.