In the past two years, we have made mention of the drop-in soccer program which Inner City Rec and Wellness Program and e4c McCauley Community Development have partnered together on and worked to support. Well, it has been a terrific program and we have transitioned from outdoors to indoors regularly, using spaces familiar to most who reside in the area of McCauley and Boyle Street. The development and growth of this program has included program staff, volunteers, and community members coming together weekly and organizing sides to scrimmage. All of these factors have led to several volunteers/mentors suggesting to the program that a team be assembled to compete in recreational co-ed league play.
So, not only has that idea been embraced by a good many of the players and people involved, but also by the Edmonton Sport and Social Club (league) itself! For the past year, the ESSC has been donating money to the Boyle Street FC Team who has been registered in the “Really, Really Recreational Division” of their Co-ed Soccer League. The Boyle FC Soccer team uses this money to register and play within the league. While the team still needs to raise money and support for equipment and administrative time, it enables an unlikely group to learn to work as a team and become even more accomplished in playing the game of soccer.
Despite having a losing record of 1 and 3, the one Thursday night win is the team’s first mid-season victory since joining the league (fourth season) and the team has been growing. Using social media tools and recruiting practicum students and friends of friends, there is now a familiarity with the ways of operating as a team and keeping together. There is always something positive to take away from each game, and there is always the weekly drop-in (Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. @ Melcor YMCA Village) to practice and hone the skills needed to continue making strides together.
Taro is the Community Development Officer with E4C.