As you have heard, enrollment in hockey has been declining for a number of years. Credit Valley has been affected and this continues to present difficult challenges on many different levels. Attracting young players to the tyke programs has been hard on a few organizations with Credit Valley being one. Putting teams together with 15 players is another battle we had this year with a number of teams with players from two different age groups being forced to play together.
To address these issues we started informally exploring our options to see what can be done to make us stronger going forward. Through a number of informal conversations between our President and the Applewood President, it became clear that we were both experiencing similar issues and challenges. From these discussions it also became clear that it would be worthwhile exploring whether a possible merger would be a workable solution for both organizations. A preliminary framework was developed to set out key elements of a proposed approach. Based on this framework, our two Boards have decided to pursue a goal of merging the two organizations to operate on a combined basis beginning in the 2016-2017 season. Board members from each organization will be starting on the work to start making this a reality as soon as practical.
This is an exciting time and we are confident this will make a lot of things easier for both organizations now and going forward. The combined organization would be able to offer better value through a full range of hockey opportunities with multiple house league teams at each age, A, Select Six and a Pre-Tyke program with more teams that would combine the key strengths of both existing programs.
The new organization would be well positioned to become a “destination” association within Mississauga!
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