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Slide Into Spring with the Conservancy’s Youth Soccer League

by Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

The spring season of the Conservancy’s Youth and Adult Soccer Leagues kick off every year in March. Our Youth Soccer League runs for 10-weeks and is a fun and affordable option for kids, 1st through 6th grade, to play on one of the most scenic playing fields in New York City. Chloe Gottlieb, mother to 2019 participant Stella Ting, answered our questions about what it was like for Stella to participate in the league, below.

How old is Stella and how long has she been participating in the Conservancy’s youth soccer league?

Stella is 7 years old. Last season, Fall 2019, was Stella’s first season playing soccer.

What do you do together as a family when you’re not in the Park?

We love to ice skate in Prospect Park in the winter and visit Long Island beaches in the summer. When we’re home, we’re always listening to music and dancing.

How did you first hear about the Conservancy’s Youth Soccer League?

When I ran my Saturday loop through the park in the Fall, I saw families heading toward the soccer fields and was curious to learn more.

What did Stella enjoy most about participating in the league?

Stella was nervous at first since she had never played soccer, but she built confidence over time and enjoyed running to chase the ball. Stella scored a goal this season, which was definitely a highlight.

What is unique about playing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

I signed Stella up for soccer without knowing how fun it would be for parents to watch the kids play in front of the New York City skyline. Nothing compares to those views! And the affordable price can’t be beaten.

If someone was interested in participating in the league, what would you tell them?

This league is a great way to try soccer in a fun and open environment. All levels are encouraged and welcome. Teams are co-ed, which I thought might intimidate Stella, but she didn’t think twice about playing with the boys.

Is there any story that stands out to you from this season or a previous season?

Stella and her best friend both started soccer together and after their first game, they quickly decided they did not want to return. We encouraged them to stick with it, and soon enough, they did not want the season to end.

Anything else you would like to share?

I grew up playing soccer and feel very grateful that the kids in our area have access to this great sport at an affordable price. There is an optional weekly practice that kids can participate in to supplement the Saturday games. I am already looking forward to starting again in the Spring!

Have you tried any of the Conservancy’s free programs?

Yes, we loved the Harvest Festival this year!

View of soccer field and children playing at sunset.

© Alexa Hoyer

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