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Washington Youth Soccer, Federal Way Soccer Association and Eastside FC U15 Boys Team Up To Bring Soccer in Schools Programming to Federal Way Schools
Last week, Washington Youth Soccer and Federal Way Soccer Association joined forces to help provide soccer-playing opportunities to children in two Federal Way schools —Mirror Lake Elementary and Sacajawea Middle School.
Both schools have a student body interested in and enthusiastic about soccer, but no school-based soccer programs. Interest from parents, volunteers, teachers and students in starting an after-school program led school administrators to Washington Youth Soccer's and Federal Way Soccer Association's Soccer in Schools program, which seeks to introduce soccer programming and education to interested schools statewide.
Contacted by Communities in Schools Federal Way, Washington Youth Soccer and Federal Way Soccer Association offered to provide a Community Coaching Summit — a one-time event that provides schools, community centers and groups basic education on session management, player development and soccer training materials, and connecting volunteers, parents and kids with the Age-Appropriate Training Curriculum in a theory and practical session.
Communities in Schools is a national organization that provides partner schools in-school support by bringing volunteers, programs and community partners into the school to support youth development, student mentorship and school-based programs.
The Community Coaching Summit was held Feb. 10, with attendance from volunteers, teachers and parents from both schools, as well as local high school students. In addition, coaches from the Federal Way Soccer Association were in attendance to build strong community relationships and provide additional education on basic soccer coaching techniques. These schools, along with the support provided by Communities in Schools Federal Way, hope to use the Community Coaching Summit as the kick-off of a spring after-school soccer program.
Making this event even more spectacular was the donation from Eastside FC BU15, who instead of exchanging holiday gifts this past December, decided to purchase equipment to donate to the schools. This donation will provide Mirror Lake Elementary and Sacajawea (along with equipment provided by Washington Youth Soccer sponsor Sports Authority) a solid start as they look to start a school-based program.
Thank you to all the coaches, parents, volunteers and staff who made this possible, and to the Eastside boys for their generous donation!
To learn more about how Washington Youth Soccer's Soccer In Schools program can make a difference in your district, visit the Programs page at washingtonyouthsoccer.org.
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