City of Lloydminster officials celebrated the grand re-opening of the north field house at the Servus Sports Centre, Tuesday as the RE/MAX Lloydminster Field House with Michael Dewing, office manager of RE/MAX on hand for the unveiling of the new sponsorship signs. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
There were plenty of photogenic smiles during the grand re-opening of the north field house at the Servus Sports Centre, under the new signage and sponsorship of RE/MAX.
One of the happiest dignitaries for the unveiling of the REALTORS’ signs on Tuesday was Michael Dewing, office manager of Lloydminster RE/MAX.
“The signs look great; they are nice and clean and fresh,” said Dewing.
“I think the message today is we are here to support the community and help where we can, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The signage includes a large nine by 20 ft. oval RE/MAX sign on the north wall and two smaller signs at both end zones.
Dewing said their sponsorship will be a long-term commitment that the company is happy to be a part of.
Kevin Wagner, director of player and coaching development with the Meridian Soccer Association, was also all smiles over the facility support from RE/MAX.
The association runs teams out of the north and south field houses for about 320 players of all ages.
“It’s our main source of training and play,” he said.
“Sponsorship means keeping facilities like this to full status and running, and allows us to keep training at a facility that can be dependable and user friendly.”
Wagner is also the head coach of Lakeland College men’s and women’s Rustlers’ soccer and futsal teams.
Lakeland will use the RE/MAX north field house to host some of the 16 teams that will play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference futsal finals March 8-10.
Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers called the re-opening with RE/MAX sponsorship in place, “a great day for the city.”
He said the Servus Sports facility is built on community support from organizations, individuals, and businesses.
Aalbers describes RE/MAX’s financial support as an example of another business stepping up to ensure the Servus Sports Centre can offer reasonable and affordable programming.
“Sponsorship opportunities exist throughout the city and I encourage any individual or business that has a desire to be involved in sponsorship to contact the city,” he said.
Joel Turcotte, director recreation and cultural services said sponsorship and naming rights at the sports centre bring in revenue to help with operating costs.
“It’s important any time we get a sponsor coming up that they are greatly appreciated—that these buildings can continue to be used the way they are,” he said.
Heather Dow, the sports centre’s manager, was also thrilled to celebrate the support from RE/MAX.
“It’s awesome—a great community partner; it’s exactly what the Servus Sports Centre needs and we need the community partnerships to continue,” she said.
“So we are really excited that we have somebody to take over the north field house.”