Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted the Bridgeland Summer Block Party and Soccer Tournament last week. More than 200 people were in attendance, most from the Ethiopian and Eritrean community in Calgary, as well as residents from the Bridgeland Calgary Housing complex nearby. A BBQ meal and snacks was provided, as well as information about community resources, facepainting and kids activities.
This was ISC’s first soccer tournament and more than 40 kids and youth registered and played in a U10 and U14 tournament of 4 games in just under 3 hours. First and second placed teams were awarded medals, and they all received special ISC swag bags.
Many of the parents present were there to cheer on their kids who belong to the Habesha United soccer league. This league provides an opportunity for children and youth to play soccer, as well as to develop sportsmanship values, team work and collaboration at an affordable price.
This was a great opportunity to build community, engage children and youth through sport and connect parents to valuable resources.