Guelph Soccer has been a proud partner of the Kickz program in Guelph since it's inception. The vision of the project is "To create safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young people's potential".
Kickz is a healthy after school program for youth from Shelldale Family Gateway Neighbourhood. This particular community has the higher number of residents who are new to Canadian and many members that face greater socioeconomic challenges. This program would not exist without successful collaboration between Guelph Police Services, Shelldale Family Gateway, Guelph Soccer and Guelph Wellington Immigrant Services. Guelph Police Service members volunteer as coaches which allows youth to see police in social setting outside of police uniform. This helps to develop trust and a strong and positive relationship.
The program itself runs for 16 weeks, once a week at the indoor soccer dome and is aimed for those in grade 1-6. We've had over 700 participants to date. High school youth from the neighbourhood act as mentors during the program.
This program serves many needs in our community. At Guelph Soccer it's important that we provide playing opportunities for everyone in our community and help them navigate the player pathway so they can train at the highest level desired.
For more information about Kickz or to register please contact Shelldale Family Gateway at (519) 824-8498.