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Soccer in Schools Program Brings Game To State’s Youth

Washington Youth Soccer is proud to announce a brand-new program designed to bring the benefits of the game of soccer — including nutrition, education, social inclusion, equality and healthy lifestyle choices — to our state’s youth in the heart of their structured learning environment: their schools.

The all-new “Soccer In Schools” program reaches out to the community through assemblies, in-class workshops, after-school clinics and school teacher support, providing a basic introduction to the game of soccer, its rules and skills, as well as its social and health benefits.

“It's such a great honor to be able to support school teachers and help them educate our children,” says Washington Youth Soccer’s David Griffiths, who coordinates the program. “The game of soccer is a wonderful outlet for children to have fun while staying fit and healthy.”

Each program provides its own set of curriculum and benefits. Assembly programs focus on healthy eating, exercise and bullying, while the in-class and after-school programs teach basic soccer skills and rules, and encourage students to participate with hands-on, collaborative activities.

In addition, Soccer in Schools also provides curriculum to teachers to support the lessons learned in the above programs, and can provide special appearances by Seattle Sounders FC players to further reinforce the significance of the core values being shared.

While the Soccer in Schools program just launched last fall, thousands of area students, parents and teachers have already benefited from the program, which began reaching into schools last fall.

Griffiths says that Soccer in Schools has already conducted assembly programs at McGilvra and Van Asselt Elementaries, as well as more than 20 in-class programs and multiple after-school and recess programs. Griffiths estimates that over 3,900 children have already been reached through the program, with nearly a dozen more workshops already scheduled for the spring.

“I have had many wonderful people from all across the state contact me to start programs in their area,” Griffiths says. “The program will only continue to grow with the support of volunteers and coaches from the local clubs and associations.”

Washington Youth Soccer is committed to increasing access to, and opportunities for, youth enrichment through soccer throughout the state of Washington. For information on how you can bring a Soccer in Schools program to your school, contact David Griffiths at david@wsysa.com.


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