The SGSC was formed in 1974 as a girls/women's only soccer club. Girls were not allowed to join the boys soccer club, so developing a girls club was the best option. From 1974 until 1996 we were members of the Sarnia Minor Athletic Association, but with rapid growth and a desire to be independent, the decision to leave the SMAA was made.
After 3 joint meetings with the girls and boys clubs to discuss getting a joint facility for soccer, the boys executive decided that this was something they were not interested in and wished us good luck and left the meeting, hence the all girls club was born. Over the years a Constitution, Policies and Procedures were put in place and are reviewed and updated yearly. In 2000, the "Letters Patent" were listed as the Club was incorporated. The objects of incorporation included maintaining, administering, fostering and promoting girls/women's soccer in Lambton County.
By the year 2000 lease agreements were signed with the City of Sarnia and the Sarnia Girls' Soccer Club and the 8 full size fields were named Veterans Memorial Field. The city takes care of the road access, the big parking lot, cutting the fields, lining the 8 fields and taking care of the garbages. The club raised money through sponsorships, raffles, fee increases, donations and requests for government funds e.g., The Trillium Fund. The Board of Directors have invested over $1,000,000.00 to develop the Sarnia Girls Soccer Club and maintain it. This includes developing 8 more fields, including 4 mini fields at Lottie Neely, drainage and irrigation for the pitches; paving the west parking lot; purchasing and installing players benches and shelters; goal posts and nets; fencing, including the large fence to the north the MTO needed us to put up; grass maintenance (fertilization, top soil, seed, aeration); purchasing gators and lining equipment. The SGSC maintains and insures all of these including the additional pitches to date.
The SGSC suggested to the city that the Bluewater Gymnastics, who needed to vacate their facility on London Line, join with us and so the City assisted with the construction of the combined SGSC and Bluewater Gymnastics building. The SGSC pays to maintain the interior, utilities, alarm system and pays for insurance coverage. The City controls the public bathrooms, exterior maintenance, electrical, ductwork, ventilation, HVAC and common areas.
The City of Sarnia owns the building and land, the Sarnia Girls Soccer Club leases both.