Soccer tournament brings students and police together

Athletics, Schools & Students

Students connected with Vancouver Police Department officers over the game of soccer at the second annual Vancouver Police Athletic League Grade 7 Soccer Tournament.

The tournament is an opportunity for more than 200 students from 16 schools across the district to come together at Trillium Park in physical fitness, but also a chance for VPD officers to connect with students in a fun and casual way.

“It gives students a great opportunity to meet their school liaison officers and it gives the officers a chance to build relationships with kids in an unofficial way,” says Sergeant Mike Stevens, a school liaison officer with the VPD. 

Scooter Ferris, a Grade 6/7 teacher at Admiral Seymour Elementary, participates regularly in events like the soccer tournament because he believes sports is a great way to connect with students.

“I think any time you can get kids from other schools together and out in the sun is always a good thing,” says Ferris. “Seeing the police officers in a different light is the most important for them and the police officers get to show themselves as more than people in a uniform.”

The students also received words of encouragement from Carl Valentine, a former Vancouver Whitecaps player who is now under-16 residency assistant coach for the club.

Vancouver Police Athletic League Grade 7 Soccer Tournament