Norm Anderson is stepping down as President and Chair of the Hanover Soccer Club. 

After holding the leadership position for many years, Anderson says it has been very rewarding. 

“The greatest thing that I’ve taken from it is to come across kids that I’ve coached way back when they were 10, 11, 12... they’re now coming to the park with their own kid in tow and they’re going to coach them. That’s the cycle going around, and I think that’s fantastic.” 

Anderson says it has been a fantastic journey for him, starting as a player for an adult team and then growing the club to include people of all ages. 

“That is the reason that I’ve stayed this long, to see the joy and excitement of the kids on the field,” he says. 

Female soccer players sitting in a circle on the field.Soccer pitches in Steinbach are busy during the spring and summer months with a strong soccer program that includes players of all ages. (Photo submitted)

Brian Froese is taking over for Anderson as the new President and Chair of the soccer club. 

Froese says soccer is quickly growing in popularity in the Southeast and he expects that growth will continue. 

“In two years, the World Cup is going to come to North America. Canada is one of the three co-host nations and I think 2026 will see a major resurgence,” says Froese. “We also want to build towards that as a club, we continue to hype it up.” 

-With files from Michelle Sawatzky, Dave Anthony