We believe all children, no matter their skill or financial status, have the opportunity for a quality soccer experience
In 2018 we created our Access4All Project as a way to encompass the scholarship and outreach work we do in our community. This coincided with the launch of our Scholarship After School Soccer League at Title 1 Elementary Schools in Alexandria. The leagues remove common barriers to play by being both free and located at the school.
After School Scholarship League
The After School League is offered on a rotating basis at Title 1 elementary schools in Alexandria. Since 2017 we’ve partnered with John Adams, Jefferson Houston, Ferdinand T. Day, William Ramsay and Cora Kelly.
The league is free for participants and offered at the school to remove transportation barriers. Each week ASA sets up soccer fields in a grassy area adjacent to the school—pop-up soccer goals, pinnies and cones are used to create mini fields. Kids are given a healthy snack after school and then ushered outside by our coaches to play! We give each child a soccer ball and a jersey. Professional coaches from ASA provide programming and supportive teachers volunteer their time to join the kids on the field! At the end of each day, a late bus takes home bus riders.
School and recreational center outreach events
Throughout the year we organize “gym class takeovers” where we run gym classes throughout the day at a school. This is an awesome opportunity for us to get kids moving and playing soccer in a way they might not otherwise. We also host free futsal and soccer clinics at Rec Centers for kids in after school programming. Both of these opportunities help us interact with kids in the community and introduce soccer in a fun and accessible way.
Scholarships for core programming
Without additional support many kids in our community would not be able to participate in core programs. In 2019, ASA provided $458,000 in scholarship support to 1,703 participants across all core programs (these include the Recreational League, Academy, Camps, Tots and supplementary training programs).
The Access4All Project is supported by ASA’s Community Fund. Program registration fees do not support free programming. Access to soccer for many kids in the community would not be possible without generous support from individual donors, partners, grants and community sponsors.