HRM Rec Presents: Halifax PLAYS Youth Soccer!

Halifax PLAYS has run many low-cost, fun-focused, volunteer-driven youth soccer programs since 2014 with 100+ participating youth soccer players over the years!

As well, since Summer 2016, we have migrated our soccer programs to HRM Rec, partnering with the Needham Center in particular, with HRM helping manage the administrative side of things & Halifax PLAYS providing coaching support to make it all happen.

For Spring 2017, as part of our Zany Sports project, we are happy to run FREE Youth Soccer:

- Time: Sessions will run Saturdays @ 11:30-12:30 (Ages 8-12), and 12:30-1:30 PM (5-8).

- Dates: We start on Saturday, April 1st & expect to run every week until May 20th (~8 weeks): This is an opportunity for anyone interested to try out a session & maybe see if it's something their child may be interested in joining for the whole summer!

- Location: We will play indoors at first (possibly migrating outdoors if the weather allows), specifically @ the St. Stephen's Elementary School (map here).

- Cost: FREE, but limited sports are available. We would like everyone to have a chance to play , but be sure to sign up soon to reserve your child's spot!

- Age Range/ Format: Two groups for ages 5-8 & 8-12 (see above).

- Registration Details: While Halifax PLAYS will manage the coaching side of things, HRM Rec will be taking care of payments & registrations, which can be done:
- Online via RecConnect @ the HRM website (note that you may first need to create a free account):
- Calling (902) 490-4633 or visiting in-person the Needham Rec Center, located at 3372 Devonshire Avenue, Halifax NS. Course codes are as follows:
- Course # 394886 for Ages 8-12 @ 11:30-12:30 PM
- Course # 394887 for Ages 8-12 @ 11:30-12:30 PM
- Max 12 spots available per session, so sign up soon or contact if there are issues.

A Note About Why We Started Youth Soccer:
Youth soccer in Halifax is expensive for most of the traditional soccer clubs. Children should not be denied a chance to play the beautiful game simply because of cost.
For our part, working with the HRM, we try to reduce costs as much as possible by using a network of volunteers. We want to create an inclusive environment for kids that is focused on them learning soccer skills, making new friends and having fun. For us, more than anything else, our goal is to help children gain a love of the sport & keep them in it. We've tried this model with our youth soccer program in past years, & are excited to start up another season!