Media Release - Female Special Olympics Athletes to Participate in First Provincial Women in Soccer Camp

EDMONTON, AB, June 6, 2019- Special Olympics Alberta will host 31 female athletes from across Western Canada for our first Women in Soccer: Development and Awareness Camp.

The camp will take place on June 8 and 9 at the Edmonton Croatia Soccer Club and is available to female athletes in Alberta of all skill levels who are interested in soccer or trying a new sport.

“As a coach of the only all-female team in Special Olympics [Alberta] I have seen the benefit to the women on the team,” says Amanda Trenchard, Special Olympics coach. “They have become more confident, their skills have greatly increased and leaders have emerged who before were over shadowed by the males.”

The purpose of the event is to help spark the growth and development of women’s soccer at a provincial and national level by offering this unique opportunity to both coaches and athletes.

“We want to empower female athletes across the province and give them more opportunities to play the sports they love,” says John Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta CEO.

Athletes and coaches will participate in training sessions (drills, mental training, nutrition, etc.) on June 8 and then compete in a mini-tournament on June 9.

At 12:00 p.m. on June 8, members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run will arrive on bicycles, finishing their 500km Provincial Ride from Lethbridge and Fort McMurray.

A short program will take place at this time in celebration of the riders.

Special Olympics Alberta invites media to come witness this incredible first time event.

Women in Soccer: Development and Awareness Camp

Saturday June 8, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday June 9, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Edmonton Croatia Soccer Club, 21461 Fort Rd. NE, Edmonton, AB

Expected to host 31 female athletes

For a complete schedule of the weekend go to

Special Olympics Alberta

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