Multicultural Children Soccer Program
Parents from the diverse communities strive to enroll their children in an affordable and decent physical activity program. In response to the neighbourhood community need MIAG organized a Multicultural Children Soccer program with the support of the City of Mississauga. Children ( 5-14 years old) are invited to register for this program. It is open to children of new Canadians families from different cultural backgrounds.
All the children, youth and parents come every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm to the Bloor Soccer Field in Mississauga. The Coordinator, tournament Coach (Alfonso Benavides) and the collaboration of the parents have organized 10 tournaments with great enthusiasm.
The program enhance the participants support network. It promote healthy living by engaging parents in information session that highlighted healthy eating, buying local foods, and being active through soccer training and tournaments. All kids and teenagers enjoy every moment as well as the parents, friends and volunteers. Children will receive awards on the last session.
We are very grateful to Russ Pooley from the City of Mississauga, parents of the children and Santiago Apostol Soccer team for their financial support and collaboration that made this program possible.
“Our children and we love to come to this program because we enjoy every moment, keep them active and give us the opportunity to know and to share with people from diverse communities.”one of the parents stated.
Another parent added: “It’s a great program and affordable to newcomers families during summer time.”
My name is Erick Bejarano. I had the opportunity to participate in the Multicultural Youth Soccer Program with MIAG for the past three years. I felt that this program changed my life, because I learned many skills in this program like how to work in a team, improved my knowledge in soccer, helped me meet new people, and how to play soccer. I was able to develop many friendships there. Last year I volunteered in this wonderful program, and I helped little kids to improve their skills in soccer. In conclusion, I am very happy for attending this program. It has a great impact on my life.