The roots of the Clarence Soccer Club can be traced back to 1971. That year Eli Shefter began a low-key soccer program through the town Recreation Department. Also, Ken Kreinheder, the new Clarence High School JV coach, formed a U14 boys travel team that he entered in the Buffalo Western New York Junior Soccer League (BWNYJSL). In 1972 Jerry Oman took the reins and the club became officially know as the Clarence Soccer Club, which now offers competitive travel/premiere programs for youth and recreational and instructional programs for pre-K through adult.
In 1980 the club was completely reorganized with new bylaws and, for the first time, an elected board of directors. The newly elected board began construction of the Clarence Soccer Center in 1981. This truly was a community effort with construction being done almost entirely by volunteers. The Clarence Rotary Club funded the construction of the building, which was later expanded and completely renovated in 2006.
The Clarence Soccer Center officially opened in 1982 with four fields, parking lots, and a building housing bathrooms, a snack bar, and storage. 1982 was also the year the first Clarence girls travel team entered the BWNYJSL.
In July 1995, CSC hosted its first tournament for competitive travel teams; it immediately became and annual event—the Clarence Classic Soccer Tournament. In recent years, well more than 100 teams annually travel to Clarence to compete.
Between the late 1970s and 2008, CSC took a total of 13 Clarence teams on nine foreign trips, plahing competitive and friendly games in Poland, Germany, Mexico, Denmark, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Prague and Austria. The club has hosted teams from Mexico and Denmark three times between 1983 and 1988.
The CSC serves some 2,000 youth and families in the Clarence area, and offers a meaning way for youth and adults to not only grow personally and athletically, but also to serve their community through a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Maintain the highest standards of respect, ethical conduct and sportsmanship - Character.
Uphold a sense of family and community through volunteerism.
Fiscal prudence - Stewardship.
Manage the Club through teamwork and open, honest communication.
Education and training.
The Clarence Soccer Center is a 39-acre complex located at the corner of Kraus and Clarence Center roads in Clarence Center, NY. The complex includes 12 soccer fields; large parking areas; a gazebo; kick wall; and a club house that houses a snack bar, classroom, rest rooms, and storage.
As a volunteer-driven and led organization, we are dedicated to continually enhancing our programs and facilities to best serve the young soccer players of our town. Become involved today. Contact Executive Director Sherry Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org.