For the last ten years, West Island soccer players have been taking part in the International Cup Kids Playing for Kids tournament, a non-profit organization that also raises money for the Sainte-Justine and Montreal Children’s Hospitals and next summer, the tournament will be hosted by the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough.
The decision was announced last week by Mayor Jim Beis, coinciding with November 20th’s Universal Children’s Day. Next June, more than 2,000 players from all over the West Island aged eight to 18 will not only be representing international teams based on the upcoming FIFA Under 17 cup but also raising money for the childrens’ hospital foundations. Since 2006, almost $350,000 has been raised.
“The International Cup Kids Playing for Kids will be held in Pierrefonds-Roxboro for a second time,” explained Beis. “This is a major event that I have supported since its inception.
“I am very pleased to welcome again this international tournament in our borough that will allow access to one of the most popular summer sports activities in our borough and will expose the youth to different countries and communities of various origins,” the mayor said.
During next year’s event, the borough will be representing the host country, India, for a month while the other teams taking part will represent the other 24 countries taking part in the FIFA Under 17 tournament.
Another benefit for the borough is that, as recently reported in The Suburban, Pierrefonds-Roxboro will have another synthetic soccer field at the George Springate Sports Center, which will be ready for soccer players next summer.