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Burnaby FC receives Canada Soccer grant to host spring try-it event

Burnaby's top-tier amateur soccer club is also gearing up for its inaugural League1 BC season.
Burnaby FC has hosted a series of spring and summer soccer events for young footballers. | Burnaby FC

Canada Soccer has chosen 100 organizations across the country to earn funding to host its spring Free Kicks – Try It event.

Burnaby FC is one of them.

The black and gold will welcome new-to-Canada footballers to test their skills and celebrate inclusion at a camp set to be scheduled some time before May 31.

The club is receiving a $1,000 slice of a $100,000 pot as part of Canada Soccer's grassroots development grants and the Government of Canada’s Community Sport for All initiative.

“Through Canada Soccer’s Free Kicks – Try It Events, clubs from coast to coast across the nation have been encouraged to promote a safe, fun and welcoming environment for new-to-Canada participants in the beautiful game," said Canada Soccer president Charmaine Crooks in a news release. 

"With more than $1.2-million invested back into our sport through the support of the Government of Canada, Canada Soccer can help build upon programs that support our youth, coaches, referees and emerging leaders so that they can be positively impacted and grow within the sport they love."

Burnaby FC was one of 15 organizations based in B.C. to earn the grant.

League1 BC update

Meanwhile, the franchise is getting ready for its inaugural season in League1 BC next month.

Burnaby FC was promoted to the province's top semi-professional soccer level in early February and will compete in both the women's and men's divisions.

The home opener is set for April 28 against the Victoria Highlanders at Burnaby Lake West Field #5; the women at 1 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m.

"We hope our community supports local," said Burnaby FC spokesperson Heather Moffat.

The teams will play seven home games for their respective 2024 campaigns, all double-headers, and has potential to welcome up to 500 fans for each match.

For more information, including season tickets and pricing, you can visit Burnaby FC's website.