More than 300 kids, aged six to 17, participated in the annual VPD Youth Soccer Camp held at Strathcona Park last week and each had the experience of a lifetime.
The Vancouver Police Department, Kia Canada, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC partnered to deliver the annual event, which ran from July 8 to July 11.
The soccer camp featured dozens of games and drills to teach the kids basic shooting, passing, and dribbling skills in a safe and comfortable environment. The children were able to interact with police officers in their community, where they could gain relationships and new appreciation for those with which they normally are cautious. The participants also received t-shirts and water bottles from Kia Canada to take home.
To conclude the four-day event, there were special appearances by Whitecaps FC club ambassador Carl Valentine, Whitecaps FC mascot Spike, and Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean. As a special surprise, the children were treated to a special appearance from the Air 1 helicopter that flew right on the soccer pitch.
Whitecaps FC is proud to partner with the Vancouver Police Department to bring the community together, help develop fundamental life skills, and inspire a passion for soccer amongst underprivileged youth through this annual event.