REACH Edmonton

A free soccer league is positively affecting local children playing the game, as well as the neighbourhoods they play in.

Free Footie, a no-cost soccer league that has been operating since 2008, is offering six one-week summer camps for the second year running in 2017.

In addition to running the league without fees, Free Footie provides all the equipment required to play the game so that no children who want to play are left out. Paid summer camps enable the league to raise funds to help keep the league free of cost and accessible.

“We want to make sure all the kids who want to play, can play,” said Tim Adams, founder of Free Footie. “There’s a growing pool of people from the whole soccer community coming together to support our kids and make the game truly accessible.”

In addition to giving local kids a chance to play, the soccer league has a positive effect on the neighbourhoods it operates in.

“Our games have this huge impact on neighbourhoods. Kids are starting to take pride in their neighbourhoods and people are seeing kids on the field. It’s making connections in these neighbourhoods,” said Adams. “Putting these fields to positive use is a great way to prevent crime and create community pride.”

The 2017 summer camps run from July 3 to August 11 at the Crestwood Curling Rink.

Aimed at children ages 4 to 12, the camps have space to accommodate up to 570 players over six weeks.

For more information, or to register a child for a camp, click here.