More than 200 kids gathered on the soccer pitch for the 30th Annual VPD Soccer Camp at Strathcona Park on July 2-5. Supported by CIBC Wood Gundy, Bell, Whitecaps FC, and the Vancouver Police Foundation, this yearly soccer camp is a free event for underprivileged youth ages six to 17. Participants are encouraged to interact with other kids in their community, practice team work, learn new skills, and have fun.
The event was run by dedicated volunteers of the VPD Soccer and Service Club and Whitecaps FC were on-hand to oversee it all. Special appearances were made by members of the VPD Canine Unit and the VPD Motorcycle Drill Team as well as Whitecaps FC former star player, Carl Valentine, and the team’s mascot, Spike.
It is estimated that one out of five children in B.C. and three-quarters of kids in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside live in poverty. The VPD Youth Soccer Camp fills an essential summer programming need and helps to build confidence and resilience in vulnerable children.