The Warren Youth Soccer Association kicked off its fall season in fine fashion Saturday at the Kickemuit Middle School field, giving parents, grandparents and friends had a chance to see their little ones go through their paces.
The instructional program isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about participation and learning about the finer points of the game and sportsmanship. These kids learn the facets of soccer in a relaxed, non-obtrusive atmosphere, where fun and participation are the names of the game. It’s been that way for 15 years, since the need for an instructional league was first identified in Warren.
“We had a recreational program (indoor and outdoor) for many years, but our Warren children did not have the opportunity to move on to the next level and play competitively for the town of Warren,” said former recreation board member Donna Ramos, who helped found the league in 1997. “I made a call to the state soccer association and asked what do I need to do, and they were more than happy to have another league in the East Bay. In Barrington or Bristol and they did not always have room for Warren children.”
Ms. Ramos also took over the recreational summer program that year and combined the two programs.
“The town had been looking for someone to run the recreational league so it worked out perfectly,” she said. Other important contributors over the years include Nick Massed, John Raposa, Matt Hill, Tammy and Roy Borges, Sally and Nick Jamiel, Pete Sepe, Joe and Mary Avila, Dave and Lori Vales, Kay and Jose Neves, Tony Teixeira and her father, and Mike Campbell.
“Tony Teixeira (the former Bristol High School and Mt. Hope High soccer coach) was a big help in getting the league off the ground and was our first coaching director,” Ms. Ramos said. “I still see many of the children who were on the first teams and many went onto play in college, including my own daughter, Sarah, who still plays today.”
“Warren Youth Soccer has won many championships over the years and has done Warren proud. One of the main things the first board wanted to instill in the players was that a sport is not just about winning it is about being a team and good sportsmanship. It was about being proud of the maroon uniforms they wore and representing their town proudly on the field.