Club History / Background

All Directors of MLCFC are volunteers.

Cavan Recreational Soccer, later named Maple Leaf Soccer Club (MLSC) was founded in the mid 1980’s. Serving the communities of Millbrook, Cavan, South Monaghan, Peterborough and surrounding areas. Many children have enjoyed the wonderful game of soccer at Maple Leaf Park.

Due to the rise in popularity of the wonderful game of soccer our little club has grown from 400 registrants in 2007 to over 1,200 in 2014. Below is a brief overview of some of the changes we’ve gone through in the past years…

2007

In the summer of 2007 two things happened almost simultaneously – #1. the executive members of the club were wondering how to provide a higher level of play for several local players, #2. the club was approached by Matt Vaughan and Alex Penello about starting a rep program thus, in the fall of 2007, the Cavan FC competitive (rep) program was introduced for players who wanted to take their soccer game to the next level. The first competitive team was a 1998 Boy’s team coached by Matt Vaughan and Alex Penello. Founding executive members of the rep program were Dave Neilson (President), Randy AuCoin (Treasurer), Tammy AuCoin (Registrar/Administrator) and Brooke Taylor (Equipment Manager).

2008

The club introduced a mini-soccer program whereby children under the age of 4 could enjoy the great game of soccer – with over 80 children enrolled in the program it has been a great success!

2009

The Board of Directors grew from four members to ten.

The Mixed Adult 30+ league was started – operating on Friday nights with the focus on fun and fitness. The mixed adult league has grown from 4 teams in 2009 to 8 teams in the 2011 season.

2010

Cavan FC became affiliated with the Toronto FC Academy program – a big feat for a small club. The Cavan FC program has 10 competitive teams for the 2011 playing season and has a reputation for ‘putting kids first’ and listening to it’s membership.

Annual year-end club and coaching evaluations were introduced.

2011

Maple Leaf Soccer Club officially changed it’s name to Maple Leaf – Cavan FC (MLCFC) and became a registered non-profit corporation. MLCFC also reorganized its Board of Directors with a clear division between Recreational (house league) and Competitive (Rep). Board positions grew from 10 to 20.

Online player registration for the recreational division was introduced. Players can register online and pay via Paypal or credit card.

Maple Leaf – Cavan FC became the first ECOSA club to achieve an OSA Club Excellence Award by receiving the Bronze level.

Introduced the club’s first Ladies Only 30 + soccer league with 20 ladies registered for drop-in, pick-up soccer games on Sunday nights. Great exercise and a wonderfully fun time!

First ALL Star training program ran after full season completed. Over 80 players participated in the additional weekly training sessions.

Maple Leaf – Cavan FC hosted Danone Cup Tryouts at Maple Leaf Park.

Club held it’s first licensed CFC banquet extravaganza with a live band barn dance, roast beef dinner, lots of games and activities for children and adults.

November 2011 MLCFC is proud to announce the rollout of our Club Academy Program (CAP). Director of Academy Alex Penello will be coordinating the 14 week program which will be available to all CFC players.

2012

Maple Leaf – Cavan FC achieved the OSA Club Excellence Silver Level.

July 2012 – Presentation made to the Township of Cavan Monaghan requesting updagrades to Maple Leaf Park. Motion passed by Council on Tuesday October 15th at 4:34 pm, after over 2 1/2 hours of deliberation four out of five Councillors of Cavan-Monaghan approved a motion to invest over $850,000 into Maple Leaf Park field improvements.

November 2012 MLCFC is proud to announce their Club Academy 2.0 Program which will include 40 minutes of instruction from a FIFA Level 2 coach – Chris Holden – and 40 minutes of Futsal – a small sized game where players are constantly placed in demanding, decision-making situations requiring quick-thinking, good ball control, precise passing and creative solutions!

2013

As part of the fundraising initiative the Club hosts it’s first (of many) Snow Soccer Tournament at Kawartha Downs. 20 teams and 30 crockpots of chili made it a day to remember!

March 2013 MLCFC President Tammy AuCoin is Awarded Ontario Soccer Association’s First Fantastic Female in Soccer.

Over 220 U4 players.

2014

Maple Leaf – Cavan FC renewed it’s OSA Club Excellence Silver Level.

May 2014 – Club implemented two locations for U4 and U6 – Crestwood and Millbrook.

July 2014 Club hosts it’s first (of many) Beach Soccer Day at Beavermeade Park – over 25 teams participated.

October 2014 – Cavan FC’s first team – 1998 Boys are promoted to the highest level of (non-pro) soccer available in Ontario – Ontario Youth Soccer League.

2015

April 2015- Maple Leaf – Cavan FC is awarded an Ontario Trillium Grant for $54,100 to increase capacity by providing new soccer equipment and training equipment to enhance the quality of soccer programs for both youth and adults. This investment also helped to purchase of new storage sheds to safely and securely house the new equipment.

May 2015 – Club introduced two locations for U4-U6-U8 – Crestwood and Maple Leaf Park

May 2015 – Club adopted Long Term Player Development throughout the House League Program

May 2015 – Club introduces an All-Star program to allow children to transition into rep, gain more experience on the ball, etc.

July 2015 – Club hosts it’s first ever Canada Day at MLP complete with fireworks in partnership with Cavan-Monaghan Township, Gallerie Q, Cortel Group, Lions and Westmore Pole & Electric.

Over 300 U4 and 300 U6 players registered in the club. Over 1,200 players in total.