In July, two players, Elena and Carlos and two coaches, Conner and Chris from Street Soccer Seattle traveled to Comox, BC, Canada to participate in the Maple Pool Street Soccer Challenge. Street soccer skill, “Adjust Your Play” became a quick theme prior to the trip and making our way to Comox. Last minute, unavoidable work and enhanced ID’s not showing up dropped our roster from a full six, to two players. Additionally, full ferries, border crossing difficulties, late arrival at the hostel, and no cell service in Canada had SSS adjusting their plans on the fly.
As with life, obstacles arose, however it was amazing to see the team adjust for smooth travels and an awesome weekend. From Elena DJ’ing the whole car ride, to beautiful ferry rides, to trying to pronounce french, everyone had a blast. Furthermore, having such a small team, there was a great atmosphere to get to know each other better and share stories about what the past and goals moving forward.
The fun and the team building didn’t stop once the team hit the fields. SSS players and coaches continued to meet players, coaches, and residence from Comox, as well as the street soccer team from Kelowna. SSS played eight games, only losing one—a great tribute to all the hard work players and coaches have been committing to practices and games! Additionally, SSS brought the FUTCHI net to introduce to our new Canadian friends. Finishing the day with a big soccer game, a post tournament swim in the river, dinner, all with the other participants, we’d become one big family!
As always, it’s tough to say goodbye, but SSS is excited about the relationships we’ve made and continued with Canadian Street Soccer programs and are looking forward to having them join us here in Seattle sometime soon!