Chilliwack FC is creating a new fund to make sure children from financially-challenged families can still play soccer, and COVID-19 is playing a role.
SoccerPlus, which is owned and operated by Chilliwack’s soccer association, is going to start selling Chilliwack FC branded protective face masks.
The masks will cost $12.99 each, with $2 from every sale going to the ‘Soccer Fund.’
Money received through other Chilliwack FC fundraisers will also be contributed to the fund. Once other resources such as Jumpstart, Athletics for Kids, and KidSport have been exhausted, families will be able to apply to the Soccer Fund for assistance with their child’s registration fees.
“The Chilliwack FC executive believes no child should ever be turned away from playing sports as a result of their family’s financial situation, nor should any family be put in a situation of facing financial difficulty so that children can play sports,” said Chilliwack FC chairperson Andrea Laycock. “The Chilliwack FC Soccer Fund will provide financial assistance to players and their families who wish to participate in Chilliwack FC but find themselves financially disadvantaged.”
The masks are one-size-fits-all with adjustable straps, available in blue or white.
While return-to-play protocols are still being discussed and developed at the provincial and national level, the use of masks is likely to be a part of any activity this summer and fall.
“Though we haven’t been given direction as of yet as to whether masks will be required while players and coaches are on the field, the Chilliwack FC executive is certainly considering making masks a requirement for everyone when they arrive at the field and when they leave it,” Laycock said.