Ribbon cut on south philly's new mini-pitch
PHILADELPHIA (July 13, 2022)- Today, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer joined the Philadelphia Union Foundation, Mayor Kenney, Councilmember Mark Squilla, Rebuild, city officials, and members of the community to cut the ribbon on the newest mini-pitch at Capitolo Playground. This is the second of 15 mini-pitches along with two full-sized fields that will be built due to Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and the Union Foundation’s contribution of more than one million dollars. In addition, Capitolo Playground received renovations as a part of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative.
In November 2021, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and along with fellow mini-pitch partners broke ground in South Philly. That night, hundreds gathered to see and hear the plans for the project. CEO, Chris Branscome, told the crowd “It’s our mission to grow the game of soccer." Today, the mini-pitch was proudly unveiled and put to use by the eager locals. Kids from the area headed to Capitola Playground, some proudly dressed in their team’s uniform, ready to step foot on their new field. The large crowd full of cheerful soccer fans made it clear that the mini-pitch will do more than just grow the game, it will bring joy to a community.
Prior to the monumental ribbon cutting ceremony, Chris Branscome took to the stage. After giving thanks to the partners that made the project possible, Branscome emphasized that, “We must invest in the development of our youth and young adults- part of that investment is safe and specific athletic fields, for recreational and competitive athletes.” This mini-pitch, along with the others to come, are essential to furthering Philadelphia’s appreciation for the game. And as Branscome said tonight, “There is no better city in America to be a soccer player or soccer fan”.