You asked. We listened. We went out to seven community festivals over the last few months including Main Street Car Free Day, West End Car Free Day, Coal Harbour's Rockin' in the Park and the overwhelming message was a desire to have programming offered close to where people live. Downtown Vancouver is the only part of the city where no youth soccer club is providing this so we went to the Parks Board and convinced them of the need to service the growing number of young kids who live downtown and want to play soccer at a club. To their credit, they listened too and we now have field permits downtown for the first time!

Our downtown U9 and U10 First Kicks program will run at two locations: David Lam Park and MacLean Park. When you register you choose the location you want. 


VanU’s philosophy for our First Kicks program is to develop passion for the game. First Kicks focuses on teaching kids to have a passion for sport and exercise while having fun and making new friendships. By playing soccer, kids can learn about working as a group, commitment, and having a healthy and active lifestyle. Our First Kicks program gives kids the opportunity to experience a team environment for the first time and build social skills by meeting new players. First Kicks also can create new friendships for parents and gives parents the opportunity to spend time with their children in a fun environment.


First Kicks is our grassroots program for kids in U9-U10 that progresses from the U4 to U8 First Kicks by shifting the focus from physical literacy and ball literacy to game literacy. Players at this age are now able to involve teammates more in play and are starting to develop spatial awareness so game play starts to become less 'hive-like' :)

For U9 and U10 we are looking for parent coaches to work with the players. All these session will have a focus on game play but will also feature a warm-up/training component before the game. Parent coaches with the players alongside VanU staff coaches at all these sessions.

Program fee: $99 until the end of August (early bird pricing) and then $125 from September 1 onwards. Prices include full VanU First Kicks uniform (shirt, shorts, socks). Players need to have their own soccer boots and shin pads.

For specific dates and times for each location, click here.