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23rd Annual VPD Youth Soccer Camp

The 23rd Annual VPD Youth Soccer Camp will be taking place this week, at Strathcona Park, with the final day featuring a visit from several Vancouver Whitecaps and a World Cup-style mini-competition.

The free camp is put on by the Vancouver Police Soccer and Service Club, with the generous support of The Whitecaps Foundation and the Vancouver Police Foundation.

The Whitecaps Foundation is a federally registered charity that is working to help create the fittest generation of BC youth by 2020. Through fundraising, community alliances and strategic partnerships, the Whitecaps Foundation is supporting the development of active lifestyles, healthy eating and teamwork in young people throughout the province.

Nearly 150 kids, aged six to ten, will participate in the camp, along with another 40 kids, aged 11 to 17, attending as assistant coaches, part of the youth mentoring related to the camp. Many of these assistant coaches took part in the camp when they were younger.

Once again, the Vancouver White caps will help coach and mentor the kids while overseeing the 20 to 25 volunteer police coaches each day at the camp. Carl Valentine and team members will be in attendance to provide a demonstration for the children and an opportunity to receive autographs.

During the four-day camp, the children will be treated to appearances by the VPD Motorcycle Drill Team, the Mounted Squad and the Dog Squad. The children also received personal safety presentations from a number of School Liaison officers during the camp.