When the stars of women’s soccer took to the field at the record-setting FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, it was not only their play on the field that inspired more Canadian youth to play the world’s game.
As part of the Canada 2015 Legacy Program, seven FIFIA #LiveYourGoals Festivals were held from coast to coast between 2014 and 2015 with 1,315 girls having the opportunity to participate. The festivals were held in Edmonton, AB; Moncton, NB; Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Winnipeg, MB and Vancouver, BC.
Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that in partnership FIFA and the Saskatchewan Soccer Association, the legacy will continue with the hosting of a #LiveYourGoals Festival in Saskatoon at the SaskTel Sports Centre on Saturday, December 3. The afternoon clinic for young girls aged six to twelve will feature Olympic bronze medalist and former Women’s National Team goalkeeper and television personality, Karina LeBlanc. Registration for the clinic is available here.
The clinic will also involve members of the Saskatchewan Regional Excel Program as leaders in training. This group of 40 young women will participate in a morning leadership session led by LeBlanc designed to provide the athletes with the skills to become leaders both on and off the field and have a positive impact on the next generation of soccer players.
“The FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festivals are particularly important as they inspire girls and young women to participate in the world’s most popular game and show that they can achieve their personal goals through soccer,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. He added that “We are excited to expand the clinic format by having Karina LeBlanc conduct a leadership development session with the Regional Excel Centre participants to ensure that we are impacting young female players both on and off the field.”
“The Saskatchewan Soccer Association is thrilled to partner with Canada Soccer and FIFA to bring a #LiveYourGoals Festival to Saskatoon. Not only will this event provide a tremendous opportunity for young female athletes to meet, interact with, and be inspired by an icon of Canadian soccer, the support of young women in meaningful leadership roles will leave a lasting legacy on the soccer community. We look forward to welcoming Karina and to a wonderful event, said Dave Nutt, Director of Soccer Operations, Saskatchewan Soccer Association.”
“I am excited to be part of the first-ever FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festival that will also include a leadership development opportunity for high performance athletes, said Karina LeBlanc. “These young women will demonstrate the ability to positively impact others through their leadership as we look to create more leaders more often.”
FIFA Live Your Goals is a global initiative that inspires girls and young women to achieve their goals in football through perseverance, fair play and teamwork – all while making new friends. FIFA provides support to member associations implementing the campaign and festivals by helping with branding, communications, concept development and financial assistance.