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Representatives of businesses that have purchased fence signs at the soccer fields in Halifax are, from left, Casey Saunders of Reaves Trophy Shop, fund raising chairman Don Giegerich, Kevin Hodges of H&M Logging and Kajeah, Jeff Francisco of Francisco Forestry, Melissa Waddle of Lisa Francisco, PC and Rhonda Waller of Ronnie’s Auto Service. (SOMcL photo) / September 04, 2014

The Halifax-South Boston AYSO is looking to the community — businesses, as well as individuals — to help improve and support the Halifax soccer fields where some 400 local youngsters enjoy the sport.

Members are busy installing new fencing, putting up portable goals and enhancing the current sod field and underground sprinkler system.

Currently, AYSO is selling field fence signs for $300 over a three-year period to help support the program. A number of signs are already posted at the fields, and two more, for Heritage House and Carolina Commonwealth Forest Products, are being produced.

The field where the 8-and-under teams play is the only sodded field at the complex, which is located across from the old Burlington plant in Halifax. According to Don Giegerich, fundraising chairman, the cost to sod that field was some $6,000: “We had to completely kill all the grass before installing the sod,” Giegerich said, adding “and we were not able to use it for a year.” He noted that keeping the sod watered cost another $1,500 over the past year.

He said AYSO hopes to lay sod at the adjoining field for the 10-and-under (U10) division, but figures that will cost at least another $3,500.

In addition to the costs of adding sod, Giegerich said AYSO has erected 300 feet of fencing — mostly four feet high, although 100 feet of fencing is ten feet high. The new fencing will prevent balls from being kicked onto adjoining fields or rolling down hills out of play.

Giegerich praised the work of AYSO Regional Commissioner Eric Roberts who has spent countless hours working to improve the program, he said.

In addition to 250-300 AYSO players who use the fields, which are owned by the Friends of Soccer, there are another 100 members of the Halifax Soccer Club who play there.

“We need the help of our local businesses who will get three years of advertising from these signs, and we need individual volunteers to coach teams, referee and help with maintenance of the fields,” Giegerich said. Anyone interested in helping can contact him at (434) 454-6407.

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