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GMCF grants scholarship dollars to the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club

The Little Apple Youth Soccer Club is a competitive soccer club for children in Manhattan and surrounding areas. Starting at age three children can join The Little Apple Academy to learn basic soccer skills from paid and licensed coaches. Once the child turns six they start playing on a competitive soccer team. The younger teams, under 11, typically play in local leagues and 2 – 3 tournaments, at least one of the tournaments will be local and 1 – 2 in Kansas City. The older teams, under 12 and older, play league games in Kansas City in the Heartland league, one local tournament, one tournament in Kansas City and one out of state tournament. In the past the out of state tournaments have included, Nebraska and Iowa. This year the out of state tournament will be again in Iowa.

Last season two teams from the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club traveled to Minnesota for the USA Cup. This tournament has approximately 1,100 teams from 19 different states and 19 different countries. One of the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club’s girl’s teams won the tournament for their age and division.

Playing competitive soccer can get expensive, but because of the grants from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club is able to give scholarships to children with financial need. The grant is split between the two seasons so that scholarships are available year round. This year the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club was able to give out scholarships to 30 - 35 children in the Manhattan area. Scholarships are distributed on a need basis and other contributing factors.

Since the Little Apple Youth Soccer Club does have fees to play they host “Free Play Soccer Saturday.” On these Saturdays children of all ages are welcome to come and find out if joining a competitive soccer club is something they are interested in doing. This allows children to test it out before paying the club fees. To find out when and where those days are you can visit 

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