We use soccer as a vehicle for transformative impact
Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
Global FC Soccer Programming is committed to providing underserved youth with quality soccer opportunities and access to the best facilities, leagues and tournaments in the city.
Currently, Global FC Soccer Programming serves youth from ages 9-19 years old.
Our players compete competitively in the Heartland Soccer Association and compete in various tournaments across the city. Our Club affiliate is Kansas Premier Soccer League (KPSL).
To know more about the Global FC Soccer Program, how to join or to register your child or to discover volunteer opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Soccer serves as tool to develop youth in a way that is both meaningful and relevant. For most of our youth, soccer is not merely a sport, but a universal language and an outlet to just be a kid. It is the great equalizer and speaks into the hearts of people around the world. It plays a crucial role that supports youth in various ways and connects communities that share different beliefs, languages, nationalities, and religions.
“We speak with our feet”
(River Roner U16 Thailand. When asked, how do you communicate with your teammates that come from all over the world and speak different languages?)
For New American youth, soccer helps build relationships and human connections. It enables them to experience a transition into normalcy much quicker, providing a physical and social outlet as well as respite from an otherwise dire and often times precarious environment, thus regaining a sense of security…..where kids can just be kids. A distraction from stress, boredom, and trauma relating to their past experience and current challenges.
“Sport builds bridges across social, economic, and cultural divides within societies and by building a sense of shared identity and fellowship among groups that might otherwise be inclined to treat each other with distrust, hostility, or violence. Through sports programs, youth are taught how to handle conflict, how to approach both losing and winning with character, and provide an outlet for people of differing religions, ethnicities, countries, or political ideations to come together. Once playing together, often youth uncover the stereotypes about the other culture which fosters a sense of peace, trust, and security of other cultures.”
“The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially recognizes sports’ ability to advance development and peace agendas in addition to supporting the physical, psychological, emotional, and social development of peoples throughout the developing world. As the world comes to our doorsteps, the power of sport becomes vital in the development of New American youth. According to the SDP International Working Group (2008), the UN recognized sport and physical activity as a fundamental human right in 1978 and every child’s right to play as a human right in 1989. In 1991, the commonwealth heads of government acknowledged the unique role of sport in eliminating poverty and promoting development.”
(source: The Power of Soccer: A Promising Tool for Youth Empowerment A Case of Soccer-Based Health Program at El Nacional Public School in Ecuador Haruna Higa Concordia University – Portland)
If young people, in particular, are not adequately protected and offered sufficient opportunities to learn skills required to live productive, independent lives, they are likely to contribute to the next round of conflict. Rooted in play, sports move beyond a recreational activity when applied in programmatic settings as a means for development and empowerment.
Global FC leverages the power of soccer to equip youth towards a brighter future. We use soccer as an incentive to increase academic performance, behavior and to build community leaders and ambassadors. We are committed to investing in youth from our nations low income families by providing access to quality sports opportunities, breaking the “pay to play” model. Additionally, we aim to bridge socio-economic disparities between have and have not communities through the formation of an inclusive sports culture. By hiring dedicated coaches and trainers, alongside our diverse volunteer base, we aim to inspire their success on and off the field by encouraging youth to pursue their greatest potential as individuals and athletes.
“I thought I would be helping and teaching the kids, which I am. What surprised me was how much they help, and teach me.”
(Peter Weaver, U15/16 head coach)
Soccer-based programs will only be successful when combined with other interventions and programs because soccer itself does not solve social issues. However, with our various support systems alongside our soccer initiative, our holistic approach merely leverages soccer and community for the overall development of the youth.
“Global FC is not just a club, it’s a family for the love and care it is showing us. Getting to know immigrants from around the world has taught me a lot. GLOBAL FC is my happiness, being around kids from different regions reminds and teaches me a lot”
(Global FC youth: Darcy Mupenda U16 Boys)
Soccer connects communities that share different beliefs, languages, nationalities, and religions in inexpensive and effective ways. The UN recognizes sport as a tool to improve physical and psychological conditions, recognizing sport and physical activity as a fundamental human right in 1978 and every child’s right to play as a human right in 1989. In 1991, the commonwealth heads of government acknowledged the unique role of sport in eliminating poverty and promoting development. We believe sport can play an important role in individual and community improvement.
Thank you Challenger Sports for being a trusted partner!