Steamboat Soccer Club to ‘unite the valley’ through Yampa Valley Soccer Festival

A Steamboat soccer player passes across the field to a teammate during the Steamboat Soccer Academy in July 2023. The Steamboat Soccer Club will host a carnival-style event called the Yampa Valley Soccer Festival on Oct. 1 to further the promotion of soccer across Northwest Colorado.
Tom Skulski/Steamboat Pilot & Today

In June, the Steamboat Soccer Club received a grant from the Daniels Fund to continue the spread of soccer throughout Northwest Colorado. 

Club Directors, Fields and Kelly Brown, have since made it their mission to use the grant money as a means to further their reach and share the game with the community. To accomplish this goal, the Club will host the Yampa Valley Soccer Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.

The festival is completely free and open to anyone, and offers a chance for the youths of the area to try playing soccer in a low-stakes environment. It runs by the slogan, “uniting the valley thru the beautiful game.”

“There are so many kids out there that aren’t under our umbrella right now and we want to make sure that they are given an opportunity to play and a chance to enjoy it,” Fields Brown said. 

The event is a carnival-style festival and includes soccer darts on a massive inflatable velcro dart board, inflatable soccer fields, food trucks, face painting, music and more. Each of the Club’s competitive teams will also host their own booth at the festival to promote the game with their own creativity and passion. 

Earlier registration will even grant the young athletes to take the game with them wherever they go. 

“The first 300 kids that register and attend will receive a free soccer ball,” Fields Brown said. “Instead of giving away a t-shirt, which would have probably been around the same cost, we felt like a ball is going to allow the game to be happening more. A ball allows kids to play.”

The Steamboat Soccer Club will host the Yampa Valley Soccer Festival on Oct. 1, 2023 at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.
Steamboat Soccer Club/Courtesy Photo

To register, go to the ‘EVENTS/FUNDRAISING’ drop down on the Steamboat Soccer Club website. From there, select “Yampa Valley Soccer Fest” and the registration link will be on that page. 

Fields Brown said this festival is just one of the many ways the Club has used and will continue to use the grant money on its quest to unite the valley with soccer. 

“This is a fun way for kids who have never been around soccer to get a positive and free moment in their life that could get them to fall in love with the game and make new friends,” Fields Brown said. “We’ve aimed this grant to reach both ways from the serious soccer player to the most novice introduction through a fun atmosphere that is low pressure.”

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