You asked. We listened. We went out to seven community festivals over the last few months including Main Street Car Free Day and Italian Days on Commercial Drive and the overwhelming message was a desire to have programming offered close to where people live. Many of those who stopped and talked with our staff were familiar with our club and the programming but the distance to most of our fields were prohibitive for them. Several had taken part in the spring break camps we ran at South Memorial Turf in March.

So what we've done is converted the Wednesday night permit that we've had for South Memorial from a divisional team practice slot to a First Kicks program time and will be offering programming for U4 (2016 born) to U18 (2012 born) players starting this September.


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 U4-U8. In this program, kids can experience playing soccer for the first time in a fun and interactive environment. First Kicks focuses on physical literacy and soccer development skills by having kids play a variety of games with and without the ball. At U4 and U5, this is a parent participation program that is also heavily supported by staff coaches at all sessions. At U6 to U8, we ask for two or three volunteer parent coaches to work with the players in groups alongside VanU staff coaches while other parents remain on site to watch.

Program fee (for ten sessions): $126 until the end of August (early bird pricing) and then $155 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.