Our first clinic was on June 10, 2017. The goal of the clinic was to use soccer as a vehicle for health, wellness, mentorship and building relationships for girls often restricted from participating in extracurricular actives because of financial, social, cultural and religious obstacles. Around 40 attended the first clinic.
“For many youth in the North East Kansas City community, there are barriers to exposing them to sports or any developmental programing outside of their schools,” said Global FC founder Mariya D. Goodbrake. “For girls, this is especially true. There is a great need and an opportunity to engage these young women who lack exposure to activities and positive influences outside of their home and school. We hope to use soccer as a way to empower these girls to pursue their greatest potential.”
The clinic was 90 minutes packed with ball control drills, technical skills sessions and scrimmages followed by an inspirational talk from Finesse Soccer founder Carrie Robinson.
Founded in 2013, Global FC invests in the lives of refugee and migrant communities, supporting and celebrating their diversity with purpose. Dedicated to discovering and unleashing the value such communities bring to our nation, Global FC serves as a conduit for youth development, family empowerment and community transformation. Global FC has a strong youth boy’s program, but the camp also hopes to serve as an opportunity to create a girl’s program.
Finesse Soccer was created in 2010 and is a group of players-turned-trainers that share their love for the game with the next generation of young female soccer players and is the only female run training program in Kansas City.