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Free soccer drop in for local youth back for fourth year

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 11:18 am

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Local male soccer players between the ages of nine and 11 will have a chance to play in non-competitive scrimmages with one another throughout the summer.

For the fourth year in a row, Airdrie resident Debbie Di Vetta will be putting on a free soccer drop-in for boys on Wednesday evenings starting on July 2 until Aug. 13, with the scrimmages taking place at Living Springs Church and Faith Community Baptist Church from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Its really all about having the boys in that age group come together for a night of fun, Di Vetta said. Its a very relaxed atmosphere and its not about winning a game, and the parents dont have to worry about paying any major fees.

The main goal is to have fun every week, and thats what weve been doing here since I started doing this four years ago, she added.

Di Vetta started up the summer scrimmages after having a chat with a friend, who was stressed out over the rising costs of playing minor soccer for her family a few years ago.

She said at the time that she wasnt sure if she was going to be able to put her three boys through minor soccer, so I decided to do something in the summer that would be a free activity, Di Vetta said.

Both Living Springs and Faith Community Baptist Churches have been great with letting us use their soccer fields, and given us the go-ahead for this year, she added. Im not sure if we will see more people coming out since the World Cup is taking place right now in Brazil, but that would be great to have some increased numbers from the 10 to 20 we get usually.

One of the things that Di Vetta says she likes seeing the most during the scrimmages is the boys who may not hang out with each other on a regular basis become friends on the field.

I have a son (Angelo) that will be turning 10 soon, and its really cool to see him with the other boys, Di Vetta said. As these kids grow older, they will have that connection from playing the sport when they were younger, and hopefully they will have that interest in soccer as the years go on.

For more information on the soccer drop-in, contact Di Vetta at


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