The formation meeting was held in the gym at St. Sofia School in Mississauga.
The non profit club was formed in 2002. Ukrainian Sports Club (USC) Karpaty is essentially Ukrainian.
Even training and practices are instructed in Ukrainian. Meetings are held in Ukrainian. All correspondence is in Ukrainian and English.
The club has more than 250 children, youth and adults playing sports. The club started with their primary sport as soccer (football). Players play in house leagues and competitive leagues from ages 5 – 17. The club also supports a first division competitive team and open age "Old Boys" team. We provide an annual summer soccer camp.
Presently we have an open age volleyball team, a tennis program, and just started a weekly adult recreational table tennis afternoon. The club organizes an annual ski trip to Quebec during school March break.
We are presently looking at adding, skiing, chess, and basketball.
Coaching and Management Volunteer Staff
All coaches have Canadian Coaching Certificates and police checks.
All team managers and staff are also required to provide a police check certificate. Most coaches have been semi-professional or professional players and are sports specialists that have had training in Europe. Some have pedagogical training.
Community Involvement & Social Activity
In addition, USC Karpaty is known within the Ukrainian community for its participation in cultural events and activities such as tournaments held as part of festivities at the annual Ukrainian Independence Day at Centennial Park (children's soccer tournament and booth), CYM Sviato Vesny (Children's ands Youth tournament), Bloor Ukrainian Festival (Parade & Booth), USCAK Great Lakes Ukrainian Soccer Tournament, UNF (Sports Day).
Other events include caroling (koliada) to maintain this old tradition, while providing additional funding for the club, annual club social picnic, dinner dances, and awards dinner with awards for all players. The club from time to time has group tickets available for sporting events. Most coaches have been semi-professional or professional players and are sports specialists that have had training in Europe. Some have pedagogical training.
Purpose and Objectives
The main purpose and objectives of the club are to promote a healthy lifestyle and promote a variety of sports to Ukrainian; children, youth, and adults. Some of the objectives include: promote and participate in Ukrainian community heritage, cultural, and language activities. The club colours are primarily blue and yellow.
While the main sport is football (soccer), the club participates in other sports and recreational activities as players are available and members can organize. The primary goal is to make sports fun for kids, teach them skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. All are useful attributes in later life
USC Karpaty has 50 – 60 active members. The governing body is made up of 9 directors. This Board of Directors is elected annually at the Annual General meeting held in January or early February each year. The newly elected Board decides on a Chairman and Executive. At the first meeting, it appoints Board and other members to supporting positions within the club.
Over the years, teams have won dozens of: competitive championships, leagues championships, and tournaments, which is amazing for the relatively small sized clubs compared to competing clubs with thousands of players in their program.
Affiliations and Memberships
Recently the club affiliated with Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) – Toronto Branch. USC Karpaty hold a Sports Day and Summer Soccer Sport Camp at UNF's property on Lake Simcoe at Hawkstone, Ontario called "Sokil".
The club is a member of Toronto Soccer Association (which is part of Ontario Soccer Association and Canadian Soccer Association), USCAK (Ukrainian Sports Federation of U.S.A. and Canada), International Ukrainian Football Tournament, and Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Toronto Branch.
International Ukrainian Football Tournament (IUFT) 2011
USC Karpaty has been chosen to host the IUFT 2011 Soccer Tournament was in Toronto on August 13 – 21.