Calgary, AB,

Goodwill soccer brings police and vulnerable Calgarians together

The Calgary Police Service has been challenged to a goodwill game of soccer by residents of the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

The soccer match will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m., at McDougall Park, located on the northwest corner of McDougall Road and 9 Street N.E.

The Drop-In Centre players represent a cross-section of clients accessing the many services of the facility. They have been gathering to play soccer on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. Jerseys and equipment have been donated by local soccer clubs.

“It’s not every day we get challenged to a game of soccer by members of our community. Teamwork and comradery characterizes our work as police officers. It also brings us together on the soccer pitch.” says Acting Staff Sgt. Graeme Smiley. “What better way to connect with our fellow players outside of daily duties. We look forward to sharing our love of the game with the Drop-In Centre Team.”

The Calgary Police Service soccer team takes part in a number of soccer events including the Diversity Cup and Soccer without Borders. They have also played a number of smaller games with members of diverse communities, using soccer as a universal language.

Members of both the CPS and DI teams will be available for photo opportunities and interviews at the game.