We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.
We’re reaching out to keep our community informed on Girls Unite happenings during COVID-19. Our mission, as always, is to empower young women through soccer, community building and female mentorship. These times are no different.
As you may know, the city has extended the shelter-in-place order until May 3rd. With this, San Francisco Recreation and Parks (SFRPD) has canceled all field permits until May 1st. There will be more information to come, however, we are still waiting for SFRPD and San Francisco Youth Soccer (SFYS) to let us know if there will still be a season in some way or form.
These are uncertain times. In the spirit of our club’s ethos, we’d like to be transparent about the state of our club. We are working with available resources to stay afloat financially and plan for uncertainty ahead. Up until this time, we have continued to pay our coaches and staff, as well as continue to cover our many fixed expenses. We are hoping to be able to keep our staff employed and our coaches paid throughout the duration of this unprecedented pandemic.
That being said, our coaches and staff are working hard to continue to uphold and reinforce our mission and commitment to you.
Girls Unite is committed to engaging kids in soccer and in our community. We are excited to offer virtual programming to keep our community connected and active. Here is some of what we will be doing to keep our teams connected and engaged this season:
- Hosting weekly Virtual Practices using video conferencing platforms (2nd grade and older); we are actively working to train coaches on virtual engagement and rolling out an online curriculum
- Sending weekly email updates to Micro teams with parent tips on how to engage kids given their stages of development
- Offering special online events and training sessions, such as the recent sessions with Brazilian soccer star Sissi and former US professional player Kim Yokers.
- Providing access to the Techne Futbol soccer training app to facilitate structured skill training and practice tracking for competitive teams.
- Hosting Club-wide Virtual Parent Happy Hours to stay connected, exchange information, and receive feedback from our community.
- Creating a Parent Advisory Group to continue to discuss how we can best support our kids and community during this time.
NOW MORE THAN EVER — WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT…
We ask our parents to be our champions and to help us engage our players. What does that look like, you ask? Like this…
- Parent Involvement: Get your players to their virtual practices and assure that they are participating in assigned activities, engage them in physical activity outdoors (safely abiding by physical distancing guidelines) or at home, and jump in and play with them.
- Parental Feedback: Let us know how we can support and how we can adjust our efforts to engage your kids. Join us for Club-wide Virtual Happy Hours or reach out if you’d like to be part of our Parent Advisory Group. The first Club-wide Virtual Happy Hour on Tues, April 14th from 8pm – 9pm. An invitation via TeamSnap will go out this week — please join us and RSVP!
- Parent Network: As a non-profit, we are seeking grants and resources to help us keep our organization operational and to continue our mission to serve kids. We truly believe in creating a space for girls-centered soccer with women coaches at the helm. If you know of grant opportunities, have experience in grant writing, and/or can help raise funds/donations to keep our mission alive, please let us know.
We are in this together and appreciate our Girls Unite community!