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Local officer recognized for dedication to youth soccer program

Mayor presented Inspector Pat Milligan with a certificate acknowledging his contribution to the Kickz soccer program
2019-05-24 GPS Kickz soccer program
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For 12 years, the Kickz soccer program has been a fixture in Guelph. The vision of this program is to create a safer, stronger and more respectful community by connecting neighbourhood youth and the Guelph Police through the game of soccer.

Guelph Police Service Inspector Pat Milligan was honoured on May 22, 2019 for coordinating Kickz soccer since its beginning. The Office of the Mayor presented Inspector Milligan with a certificate to acknowledge his efforts in helping to make a difference in the lives of over 700 kids that have participated.

What is Kickz?

  • A healthy after school soccer program for youth from Shelldale Family Gateway and West Willow Village neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods were identified by public health as priority neighbourhoods needing the support of programs focused on improving the overall health of these communities.

  • Higher numbers of new Canadians and many residents facing socioeconomic challenges.

  • Collaboration between Guelph Police Service, Shelldale Family Gateway, West Willow Village, Guelph Soccer Club, Guelph Wellington Immigrant Services, Guelph Police Services Board.

  • Soccer worldwide popularity perfect medium to reach out to these youth.

  • January to May, 16 weeks, once a week in soccer team. 

  • Would not be possible without the financial support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart

  • Guelph Police members volunteer, which allow youth, to see police in in social setting outside of police uniform. Develop trusting, strong, positive relationships.



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