Play for Change, the charity working across the globe to provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities to play, learn and develop, is launching its Kick It programme in Miami, a youth programme using soccer as a catalyst for social change. Supported by Miami Football Club, the programme aims to expand opportunities for children and young people to learn new skills, get active and play in a safe environment.
The partnership will encourage local communities to create cost-effective, long-term initiatives that meet youth-development needs and provide safe environments where children can thrive.
The soccer programme will enable a series of outcomes which include:
• Increasing participation in sport so that children have more opportunities to lead an active lifestyle;
• Improving sports facilities so that children are in a safe and stimulating environment;
• Providing equipment to ensure that children are able to access sport;
• Providing quality coaches to support children in developing an active and healthy lifestyle and life skills.
Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change, said ‘We are thrilled to be partnering with Miami FC who will be actively taking part in helping to enrich more young people’s lives with new experiences. Enabling opportunities for vulnerable young people to access sport is invaluable for developing confidence, skills and knowledge.’
“Play for Change shares our vision of empowering our community’s youth through soccer,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC general manager. “Working together to achieve this goal was a natural decision. Miami FC is a team that first and foremost belongs to the community.”
ABOUT PLAY FOR CHANGE:
Play for Change is dedicated to using the power of sport to improve the lives of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. At Play for Change we believe that sport can play a significant role in a child’s social and cognitive development. We aim to teach children around the world the values of play so that they can learn new soft and hard skills in a safe and stimulating environment. We reach out to those who need it the most so that, no matter what their circumstances, we can help children to grow up to be confident, motivated and positive adults.
For more information please visit: www.playforchange.org
ABOUT MIAMI FC:
MIAMI FC, Miami’s sole professional soccer club, will begin to play in the North American Soccer League’s 2016 Spring Season. The club will also compete in the U.S. Open Cup, host international tournaments and friendly matches. MIAMI FC will play its home games at Ocean Bank Field on the campus of Florida International University in Miami. The club is co-owned by the international media entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and the former Italy and A.C. Milan star Paolo Maldini.
For more information, please visit www.miamifc.com.
Miami FC Media Contact: Patricia Hoyos, Levy Public Relations; 305-764-3370 x205; firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE NASL:
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC will begin play in 2016. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter and Instagram at @NASLOfficial and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASLFanPage.