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HELPING ATL ANTA COM M U NIT IE S
GET BACK ON TRACK
2018 was a catalyst year for StationSoccer as we expanded the project to
include our newest location at the West End MARTA Station.
Sanjay Patel took on a full-time role at Soccer in the Streets as Director of
Strategic Projects, working to implement the vision he kickstarted in 2014.
“We had passed the litmus test at Five Points Station that acted as a pilot
project with strong partners like Atlanta United Foundation and MARTA.
The West End Station project was our opportunity to kick on and launch
StationSoccer in the heart of a residential neighborhood and at the same time
collaborate with more partners to build a platform for community growth and
develop programs for our target audience.”
WEST END
One of our newest partners was the City of Atlanta Office of Planning and
Design. Spearheaded by Commissioner Tim Keane, they have now become
a key long term StationSoccer partner through both funding and design.
Another notable collaborator was the TransFormation Alliance who had been
supporting local Soccer in the Streets throughout 2017.
StationSoccer is a groundbreaking and
award-winning project that represents a
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO
PROVIDE A PRACTICAL
PATHWAY TO THE GAME OF
SOCCER FOR YOUTH ACROSS
METRO ATLANTA.
Darren Eales :: GM, Atlanta United FC
This cross-collaborative partner network brings fundamental resources that can
help provide so much more than soccer programs. Soccer in the Streets is now
in a position to cultivate healthy communities through employment, health
education, crime reduction and more. StationSoccer will be a catalyst for the
much-needed change in these deserving communities.
Besides supporting the construction of mini soccer pitches, the StationSoccer
campaign will fund the pilot of a community learning center at West End
StationSoccer. This $150,000 facility will feature a decommissioned railway
carriage outfitted with furniture, media equipment, and restrooms. The center
will function as a hub for financial literacy classes, employability training, and
other youth empowerment workshops. Through collaboration with the City’s
design and planning department SITS will explore new ways to connect with
local residents and develop programming that can expand to other Soccer
Villages.
FALL 2018 YOUTH IMPACT: FIVE POINTS/WEST END
200
KIDS
HAD FREE ACCESS TO
BI-WEEKLY PRACTICE
SOCCER IN THE STREETS
09
100
PARENTS
INVOLVED IN WEST
END UNITED PROGRAM
2018 ADULT IMPACT ACROSS 8 SEASONS BETWEEN FIVE POINTS AND WEST END STATIONSOCCER™
60
TOTAL TEAMS
600
LEAGUE PLAYERS
~
100
PICKUP SESSIONS
~
2500
PICKUP PARTICIPANTS
The launch of the project culminated in 140 youth players registering within the first few weeks. Our goal was to have two hundred youth players register in the first
year! Today, the program caters to over 1,000 youngsters and is quickly gaining attention among mass transit professionals around the country and the world who
recognize the StationSoccer model as a means to create useful and necessary community space in what had been unlikely or barren areas.
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2018 IMPACT REPORT





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