After capturing both the US Open Cup AND the NWSL title, Sporting Kansas City is working to offer more development opportunities for kids in the “Soccer Capitol”. In this case, in Wyandotte County (KC KS).
Sporting Club presented a forward-thinking model to the Wyandotte Park Commission with the idea of converting under-utilized tennis courts into new futsal courts.
This approach provides a safe and more accessible venue for youth to play, while also bringing a higher quality investment to the project at no cost to the Unified Government. Futsal is a small-sided variant of soccer that can be played at all ages and is widely popular across the globe from recreational to professional levels.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that we are building futsal courts throughout Wyandotte County, not just in one place,” said Greg Cotton, Sporting Club Chief of Staff. “This gives kids the best chance to play, learn, and develop a love for soccer because the facilities are located in their neighborhoods.”
The courts will be located in parks throughout each of the eight commission districts in Wyandotte County. The first four court locations have been completed in Bethany Park, Highland Park, Westheight Park and Welborn Park. The remaining four court locations at Clopper Field, Klamm Park, Stony Point Park and Wyandotte County Lake Park have to be constructed from the ground up and are scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.
Read more at Sporting KC and check out Tom Michler’s New Dimensions organization that is delivering similar services to disadvantaged youth in the City. Consider a donation of cash, equipment or a youth service.