Calgary Community comes together to support local soccer club
Date Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016
Producing top quality soccer players and teams in a northern climate is a challenge so Calgary is working to level the playing field with construction of the first indoor facility in Alberta housing a regulation FIFA soccer field.
And they’re also building a sense of community in addition to a sporting facilities through the generosity of Calgarians.
Calgary Foothills Soccer Club – coming off a season when its U23 Men’s team reached the championship game of the Premier Development League in North America – announced the state-of-the-art facility in southeast Calgary will include a full size field to play 11-a-side games indoors during the winter. It will also include an outdoor field, gym and exercise areas to allow for better training and long-term player development.
“Calgary is a world class city and our kids deserve a world class facility,” said Danny Hay, vice president of soccer programs at Calgary Foothills Soccer Club.
Foothills FC was established in 1972 and was the first club for former Bayern Munich Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves and the former Canadian captain Kevn McKenna. The club has created a culture of excellence through the leadership, coaches, players, volunteers and parents and currently has more than 3,000 members.
Earlier this month, Calgary Foothills U23 men’s soccer team completed a Cinderella 2016 season with an appearance in the Premier Development League championship final in Detroit.
The number 50 emblazoned on the front of each jersey in the title game has significant meaning. In an era in sports where teams sell advertising the number represents the 50 local families and companies that funded the U23 men’s team.
The team’s success can be attributed to the generosity of 50 local sponsors who donated $1,000 each to cover expenses and jersey costs for the team, said Tommy Wheeldon, Jr., technical director of Foothills FC.
The facility is set to open in January, in time for the 2017 PDL season.
Calgary will soon house the first FIFA regulation indoor field.