The Massachusetts Youth Soccer GOALS Program has been developed to provide a rewarding athletic and life experience to inner-city children throughout Massachusetts. Not only do our GOALS kids learn about the game of soccer, but they also have a tremendous opportunity to learn valuable life lessons they will carry with them long after they leave the soccer field. They develop lasting friendships, learn leadership skills, teamwork, trust, self-confidence and a sense of commitment all while playing in a fun and competitive environment.
Our GOALS Program is also designed to provide our young players with role models to serve as positive and motivating influences in their lives. Massachusetts Youth Soccer hires and trains college students, many of whom are studying to become teachers or counselors, to coach our players. Our GOALS Program has been widely successful in teaching and motivating our young players life skills and presenting positive role models in their lives.
The Goals Camps run from June through August. During the summer of 2013, the GOALS Program partnered with various Boys & Girls Clubs, Recreational and Community Centers and YMCAs to provide GOALS Camps at NO COST to the players. Mass Youth Soccer and its partners provide all of the coaches, soccer balls and equipment to run each Camp. We organized camps in Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, New Bedford, Revere, Roxbury, Somerville, Springfield, West Roxbury and Worcester, serving over 3,600 players at these inner-city sites. We hope to provide opportunities to many more children each year.
If you or your organization are interested in bringing the Massachusetts Youth Soccer GOALS Program to your neighborhood, please contact State Coach and Director of GOALS, Loy Urbina at LUrbina@mayouthsoccer.org.