Ottawa Fury FC strive to be Community leaders in the Ottawa and Gatineau area, with players and coaching staff involved on and off the field with a significant mindset of giving back to the community.
Over the years, players, staff and of even the mascot Sparky have contributed hundreds of hours supporting youth soccer, local charities/fundraisers, community groups and schools – 2016 was no exception, as Fury FC set a new milestone, by contributing over 1000 hours of community work.
Fury FC 2016 Community Award winner Kyle Venter, who was the most visible member of the club in the community this season, feels that it’s important to give back off the field.
“Giving back and being involved in the community is one of the most powerful and important roles we have as professionals,” said Venter. “We have been given a platform to influence and inspire a tremendous amount of people; even more so with the kids in the community whether it is coaching at a clinic or camp, or speaking about goals in life at a school.”
“In reality, you’re not going to inspire every kid you interact with, but, if you can get through or excite even a small number every time we go out, then we’re doing our job. With the diversity of individuals that our Fury FC team and organization have, we have the ability to reach and cover a wide basis of kids which increases our ability to connect and get through to those kids,” added Venter.
The new standard was achieved in part due to the continued increased engagement with the youth soccer community and the partnered associations that make up our Fury Fanatics. That includes over 30,000 minor soccer players in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
Not only did the club engage these young soccer players with a Season Pass to every 2016 FURY game at TD Place but Fury FC players were pace to face on the pitch with these young soccer stars as part of numerous engagements including:
- Giant Tiger – Community Practices with our the entire roster
- Guest Coaching – FURY players assisting at a minor soccer team’s practice
- New in 2016 – Fury in Training (F.I.T. Program) – ongoing training of competitive youth soccer associations (16 associations in 2016)
In 2017, as the club will make its USL debut, players and coaches will return with an even greater desire to give back to the community and help out in local charities, fundraisers, community groups and schools.
Ottawa Fury FC season tickets for the 2017 USL season will go on-sale later this month. Visit OttawaFuryFC.com for details.