This year marks our 20th Anniversary and the Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club continues to experience continued growth and soccer development in our communities.
Originally from North York, the Pineto Soccer Club with Rosanna Balducci as the President, moved to Kleinburg in 1993 to become the Kleinburg Pineto Soccer Club. Our foundation began with the vision to nurture this wonderful sport and develop the young people in our community.
The Club encountered a number of challenges and difficulties before establishing itself as a full member of the York Region Soccer Association and as a community service organization with the City of Vaughan. The Club originally consisted of a total of five rep teams with only one main field at their disposal.
In 1995 under the leadership of the club's new President, Adrian Cianfrone and his dynamic group of volunteers, endless hours of devotion were spent promoting and developing our House-league program. It soon became evident that the population of Kleinburg was too small to provide programs for all age groups. The Club decided to expand its boundaries to include it's natural choice, the community of Nobleton. Like Kleinburg, Nobleton had a strong community sentiment and identity. The Club was renamed the "Kleinburg - Nobleton Soccer Club" to promote equal partnership with the new area and a new logo, the "K.N.S.C Lions" was developed. The "Lions" was to recognize a team from many years ago, the "Kleinburg Lions".
In early 1996 volunteers from both communities promoted the Club, the house league and yielded 227 registrations that evolved in a 21 team house league, a split between Kleinburg and Nobleton. The Club held its first house-league tournament on Nobleton Day with each player being asked to bring a donation to the Food Bank as the registration fee. The executive envisioned a club that stressed cooperation and team work and in this regard chose to not reward individual players. They believed that every house league team should be balanced whenever possible since it's only fair and more fun when teams of equal ability play and encourage equal play among all players. All the members felt that soccer should be a rewarding experience where young players could be influenced in a positive manner to help them grow up into responsible adults. From the inception of the House League program, the Club chose not to have scores or standings which was quite a new concept for that time.
Our competitive division yielded 6 teams with 93 players. Some of our Rep teams this year won their League Championship, leagues cups, tournaments and one of our teams qualified for the Ontario Summer Games. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment by any standard for a new young Club.
The Club has increased steadily and in order to meet this growth the Club introduced several new programs. Coach and referee development, head convenors for all age groups with customized programs, goalie clinics, player evaluations, select programs and a rep program that is disciplined and reflects the mission of our Club. The Club is also committed to promote youth employment by providing opportunities in refereeing and administration support.
In 1998 the Club became one of the three Hosting Clubs for the City of Vaughan International, C.O.V.I. one of the largest tournaments in Ontario and agreed to work together for future endeavors. During these formative years, the K.N.S.C. executive had the Club incorporated and emended its constitution.
In 1999 our rep teams had and extremely successful season. Our Lions 87A-U12A boy's team had an incredible season winning the Club's first Ontario Cup, were League Champions and won 7 major tournaments. The programs provided by the Club and the continued commitment from the volunteers were starting to show in the development of our young athlete's. The house-league continued to grow now fielding 36 teams and our Rep teams remained at 11. The Club organized and developed the Youth Indoor Soccer League to provide year round soccer and an indoor Competitive League for girls.
In 2000 the house league grew to 44 teams with 10 Rep teams. In this year the Coerver coaching method was introduced as a soccer skills teaching method for our house league players. The Club's founding team the Lions 81 retires after their 8th year playing a year up and winning the Regional League and Cup.
In 2001 our President, Adrian Cianfrone stepped down after 9 years of dedication and commitment to these communities, but not before receiving confirmation that lights would be installed at Bindertwine, the Club's home field. This endeavor had been an uphill battle since the Club's inception.
The Club's new President Claudio Tersigni was elected and continued to lead this Club in its mission statement of fair play, balanced house league teams, positive coaching, open registration and good sportsmanship.
In 2002 the Club hired a Head Coach, Bassam Naim who brings with him many years of experience as a player, a provincial coach and as a technical director. Bassam was committed in developing a plan along with the Board of Directors for the house league and competitive program's which took the K.N.S.C. to the next level. The Club grew to 58 House league teams, and 12 Rep teams, for a total of 880 players. 2002 also brings the "Ultimate Indoor Soccer Academy" providing additional year round training for our players.
As the Club celebrated its 10th year Anniversary it grew to over 1000 players with 13 rep teams and a strong house league program.
This past year of 2012, the Club continued in it's winning ways. Two more Ontario Cups were brought home as the U16 Red team and the U21Red team both won the titles as Ontario champions.
As we reflect on our past accomplishments and continue to grow, the Club agrees that there are something's that will never change. The club is committed and will continue to strive in the development of each athlete from age 4 and up at all levels of play and to provide programs so that each player may achieve their potential.