CREATING A NEW URBAN
SOCCER DEVELOPMENT MODEL HERE IN SYRACUSE
The YWCA's Syracuse City Football Club aims to make quality youth soccer programs accessible to city youth. Our programs seek to close the gap in youth soccer development and give access to those who face barriers in accessing the sport. Through innovative and collaborative efforts, our programs seeks to create a new urban soccer development model that gives children in the city of Syracuse an opportunity to learn and play, promote healthy lifestyles, increase pathways to college while proving there are alternatives to the pay-to-play model.
THE START OF SOMETHING NEW.
Back in 2017 the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County Inc. partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to offer the Foundation’s Soccer for Success after-school mentoring program in Syracuse. Soccer For Success is a free after-school program striving to establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors. It wasn’t long before the YWCA staff realized there were many talented and passionate players who strived to play the game competitively. In the United States, youth soccer has become a pay-to-play sport, leaving many youths with talent and/or the desire to learn and play without the opportunity to play and develop their full potential.
It was because of this that in the summer of 2018 several YWCA staff started offering extra training sessions for youth interested in learning and developing their skills in the game and created Syracuse City FC (Football Club). Thanks to the support and generous contributions of community members, the club was able to enroll two teams to play in local leagues. In the fall of 2019 the YWCA incorporated Syracuse City FC as part of its programing and created the Urban Soccer Development Program. Rear the article from the U.S. Soccer Foundation blog....
CLOSING THE GAP
Syracuse has many children who love the game of soccer but are unable to access proper soccer development programs. The reason for this is barriers due cost - program fees are too high for low income families- and location - most programs are located outside the city. Building on our existing city soccer programing, the YWCA's Syracuse City FC (SCFC) aims close the gap in soccer development by establishing a city-based, low cost, youth development programs where children can learn and expand their soccer proficiency, enhance social and leadership skills, and see the sport as pathway to college.
SOCCER FOR SUCCESS
While playing this world-wide sport, the overall growth of our participants, their self confidence, quality of relationships and an active and healthy lifestyle is fostered. Soccer For Success is a free after-school program striving to establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors.
URBAN SOCCER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Urban Soccer Development Program is a unique after school program designed to increase access and promote soccer, provide academic support, and develop leadership qualities that will enable youth to reach their full potential. Currently the program has a boys U12 and U14 team and just added a girls U11 team.
For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call: 315.424.0040 or fill out the following form.