Martin came to Chatham from his native Holland in 1958.
Having played semi-professionally, he was eager to play
his beloved soccer. Because of the inadequate playing
fields, he turned away from the sport for 17 years.
Martin has done every job, co-founder, director, coach,
and referee, for the Chatham Youth Soccer Association at
some point over the last 35 years. He served as
Director of the London-District Soccer League and the
Western Ontario Youth Soccer League and is a member of the
Ontario Soccer Association.
In addition he has refereed countless high school games
and has been involved regionally and provincially at the
- In 1975 he became
involved with a group of men eager to start a youth
soccer association. From the beginning of 4 teams and
60 players, it has grown to close to 200 teams and
over 2500 boys, girls, and adults.
- In 1985 Martin was
co-founder of the Lambton-Kent (District) Soccer
Association and since has served on its executive.
- In 1988 he formed the
Chatham Express men's team and has coached the team