St. David School Dissolves Senior Football Team, Sets Sights on Revival Next Fall


In a considerable blow to the local football community, St. David Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo has made the decision to dissolve its senior football team for the upcoming fall season. The school cites the dearth of serious coaching prospects and the resulting lack of interested players as the key reasons behind this surprising decision.

“The reality of the situation became obvious after careful evaluation of what was possible,” said David Jaeger, St. David’s Principal. “What brought us to our conclusion was a complex interplay of time management issues and personnel safety concerns. Under the circumstances, we simply could not proceed with a senior team this year.”

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Even as the senior team dreams are put on hold, Jaeger confirmed that, on the bright side, a junior team will be striding onto the playing field.

The stipulation for a safe gameplay mandates at least 40 players, a number that the school was unable to meet, especially after some coaches pulled back due to conflicting commitments.

Rising to the occasion, Grade 11 student Owen Schill, who hoped to join the senior team this year, put out a heartfelt call for support through a petition aimed at drawing players and coaching staff to the team.

Schill recounted, “We were hoping to garner attention about the unfolding situation and possibly attract last-minute coach sign-ups,” He revealed that the petition did yield a few more pledges from willing players, albeit it was still insufficient.

The signed petition count had soared beyond 1,200 by Tuesday afternoon. While this was a significant response, it unfortunately proved inadequate to pull the team together. Now, the focus of the school and its players has shifted toward preparations for the next fall season.

Schill expressed the collective determination, saying, “Everyone is keen on giving their best to ensure the revival of the program.”

Lex Wright, another Grade 11 student, shares Schill’s enthusiasm. Seeing football as more than a mere game, Wright credits it with boosting his confidence and aiding his personal growth. Wright confessed, “It helped make me a better individual while enhancing my self-assurance.”

The program’s suspension also affects students like Schill who saw it as a stepping stone to impress universities and colleges. Schill shared, “The sport has revolutionized my life. It has reshaped my career trajectory and my post-secondary plan. It has certainly opened doors.”

The football program’s revival remains a hopeful topic among parents as well. Lisa Matheson, Lex’s mother, observed, “The binding effect of the football program is visible. It boosts the students’ mood and gives them something to look forward to apart from academics.”

With hope in their hearts, the school is now looking at the younger lot. The aspiring junior football team players might be the pivotal element in forming a senior team next year. Jaeger confirmed that the school has started fielding calls from prospective coaches for the next season.

“We are not stepping back,” Jaeger promised. “A lot of the groundwork will be in place by spring. So, by next September, we will be ready to charge.”

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.