Scotiabank FC programs provide opportunities for youth development through sport
BURNABY, BC, April 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Scotiabank announced today that its flagship football platform, Scotiabank, Scotiabank Fútbol Club (Scotiabank FC), which operates internationally Latin America since 2014, officially starts in Canada. Scotiabank FC starts in British Columbia and eventually expand its programming over Canada in the coming years. The internationally successful initiative started today in Scotia Barn with the support of Canadian football legend Stephanie Labbé and partners Hope and Health and One World Play Project® Burnaby, BC
Scotiabank recognizes the inherent value of sport and its ability to transform individuals and build strong, vibrant communities. Since 2014, Scotiabank FC has supported football at all levels Latin America and the Caribbean, bringing the transformative power of sport to over half a million children across the region. These youth have benefited from programs like CamposFutbolNet in partnership with the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Children’s National Championships and now Scotiabank is stepping up to the ball Canada so children over British Columbia can experience the benefits of a healthy, active life through football.
“We’re catching up with Scotiabank FC Canada because we believe in the transformative power of football and its ability to inspire a positive future and empower people and communities,” he said Stephen GaskinRegional Senior Vice President, BC and Yukon at Scotia Bank. “Scotiabank FC is our commitment to removing financial and cultural barriers to the sport and to the development of children and young people through football.”
As part of the launch, Scotiabank FC is partnering with Hope and Health, a BC-based Indigenous organization, to help Indigenous children reach their highest potential. Building on the success of Scotiabank FC Campos (Community Soccer Field) program that has installed 17 Futbol 7 pitches in indigenous and marginalized communities in eight Latin American countries over the past six years, with Hope and Health Scotiabank will support the construction of six mini soccer fields in six indigenous communities in BC by the end of 2024 as part of the Be The Change mini-pitch initiative.
Similar to the Community Soccer Field program in Latin America, the mini pitches will support smaller, remote areas with less population and less infrastructure, allowing communities that may not have the resources to build their own pitch to still be able to experience the benefits of a professionally manufactured facility. The goal of the Mini Pitch Initiative is to provide the infrastructure and quality coaching and programming to encourage and accelerate Indigenous football opportunities and player development. Once built, the six mini pitches have the potential to support over 1,000 indigenous children and youth annually. The two communities receiving slots for 2022 are: Stz’uminus Nation and Snaw-Naw-As Nation, with more communities to be announced in the future.
“We’ve seen incredible results and proof-of-concept with the first mini-pitch installation for Penelakut Tribe,” he says Bill Joachim, Kw’umut Lelum Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hope and Health. “We are very excited to bring these innovative, high quality and inspirational play environments to more communities with the outstanding partners involved who are so committed to reconciliation through sport.”
Scotiabank recognizes that one of the biggest barriers to participating in youth sport is financial, and this is often reflected in the cost of equipment. In partnership with the One World Play Project®, Scotiabank is donating 5,600 ultra-durable red soccer balls to local organizations in British Columbia in 2022. The ultra-durable ball never needs a pump and never flattens even if punctured, and by donating these balls to keep kids playing throughout their lives, Scotiabank is lowering the cost of play and opening up the sport to all. To date, Scotiabank has donated 11,750 ultra-durable red soccer balls (the ONE WORLD FUTBOL™) to eight countries.
As the platform grows CanadaScotiabank FC will work with long-term partner FC Barcelona Foundation to bring the FutbolNet program to market Canada. FutbolNet is a program that uses sport as a tool for education, inclusion and strengthening the core values of respect, tolerance and teamwork.
“I am delighted to be a part of Scotiabank FC’s launch this year Canadasays Stephanie Labbé, former goaltender for the Canada women’s national team and two-time Olympic medalist. “Football is an incredible sport and it’s growing rapidly across the country. I’m pleased to see Scotiabank’s commitment to making football more accessible to more children and communities in BC.”
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