This summer Riverside’s female soccer program has the opportunity to go to Ottawa Canada take part in an exchange program with Cairine Wilson Secondary as part of “Experiences Canada”. According to Experiences Canada website the program gives schools across Canada the opportunity to exploring another community, develop cultural awareness, break down social barriers, and give participants an experience that lasts a lifetime. Experiences Canada takes cares of cost for the team’s travel costs and travel arrangements from funds received by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Riverside soccer girls organizing their trip to Ottawa.

Girls from the Riverside junior and senior soccer teams can try out to be on the team and take part in the trip. The team will travel to Ottawa for a cultural and soccer experience where they will play local soccer teams in friendly matches. The exchange will be a weeklong trip during the last week of June in to the start of July. The girls will be in Ottawa on Canada Day and are planning on visiting Parliament to see how the capital celebrates 150 years of Canada.

The team is currently fundraising to help support the trip and to also have enough money to makes sure the girls from Ottawa have an awesome experience when they visit Port Coquitlam in April. The money that is raised will go directly towards the cultural activities for both teams to do in Vancouver and Ottawa. The team has started their fundraising by posting a gofundme page with a goal of raising two thousand dollars on the website. So make sure you donate to support the team, or share the link to the page on twitter or Facebook.

Once the team is formed, head coach and riverside teacher Mr. Kenny Jamison is planning on having, one or two more fundraisers organized by the girls in the community. “This is the first time riversides female soccer program as take part in an exchange program, such as this one and they are excited to do more trips in the future.” said assistant coach Ms. Cindy Cuccione.