SOW Soccer is a much-needed project –not just in Wyoming, but nationwide. We need to get youth fired up around the idea of youth soccer. SOW Soccer stands for “S”park “O”pportunities “w”ith Soccer. Wyoming Soccer wants to start with planting our seed (“sow”ing soccer)and sparking opportunities in the Wind River Indian Reservation located in Fremont County, Wyoming. It is the 7th largest Indian reservation in the country out of 326, and there are 4,000 kids living on the reservation between the ages of 6 and 18 –Wyoming Soccer’s target ages. The Wind River Indian Reservation project would serve as a model and inspiration for our Wyoming Clubs around the state to build their programs and think about the local partnerships they can create to increase participation (i.e. Boys & Girls Clubs, Parks & Rec, YMCA, etc). It is our hope this program could ultimately serve as a model for other states with reservations and/or underserved populations in building new soccer programs. Wyoming Soccer will go around to every club in the state showcasing the model and encouraging them to plant their own “seeds” through getting soccer balls into the hands of children who don’t otherwise have the opportunity to play and working with the local entities described above.
Clubs! Get Your Applications In By June 30th, 2020
Within the grant to the Federation, we asked for funds to be able to provide grants to all of you to start your own SOW Soccer programs. We have a total of $30,000 to use in the funding of your programs. SOW Soccer stands for " S park O pportunities W ith Soccer". The purpose of SOW Soccer programs are to remove barriers that prevent or make it difficult to participate in the sport of soccer.
SOW Soccer grant applications must include each of the following elements:
- Executive Summary
- A brief summary of the program, including the goal
- An Itemized Budget
- Should include some club investment (can be in-kind)
- Must make clear the total requested ask and the total projected cost of program
- Technical Plan (if applicable)
- Execution Plan
- Most detailed portion
- Must include timeline and considerations for risk management
- Long Term Strategic Plan
- How will the program evolve and grow over time?
- How will the program become financially self-sustaining?
- Can the program be implemented in other markets?
Grant requests MUST be submitted to Wyoming Soccer Association by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Please submit all above elements together to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will announce recipients and send agreements by August 1, 2020. Between the June 30th deadline and the August 1st announcement, we may reach out for clarification and allow for revisions to the application documents if needed. It is our goal to distribute the full $30,000, so please, if you haven't already, start thinking about and collaborating within your clubs to think of programming to grow soccer and increase participation in your area.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to run by us. PLEASE USE THE SOW SOCCER DESIGNATED EMAIL ( email@example.com ) for communications regarding the SOW Soccer program and grants.
Frequently asked Questions
Q. What is SOW Soccer?
SOW Soccer is a program that is looking to expand grassroots soccer in communities around the state of Wyoming.
Q. What is the initial goal of SOW Soccer?
The idea is for each club to sow the sport of soccer in their community through "planting seeds." (i.e. soccer balls) The goal is to bring in new soccer players throughout Wyoming.
Q. Where will the first grant program take place?
Starting with the state’s “seed” in the Wind River Indian Reservation with over 4,000 kids between 6 & 18 years of age who are not currently in the sport. The program will cover three years and start with recreational soccer for 6-12 years old, expanding in year two to include13-18 year old's and finalizing in year three with competitive programming and full integration into the Wyoming Soccer landscape.
Q. How will established clubs participate in the program?
In addition, the model will be scaled down for our state affiliated clubs to implement in their own communities to build their current membership.
Q. When will the Wind River soccer program be self-sustaining?
With established partnerships throughout the next three years with the Parks & Recreation Department, the Boys & Girls Club and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and with the establishment of a full functioning club with board members, etc. there will be established community support and buy-in at the conclusion of the requested ITG grant cycle to continue to the club and program into the future.
Q. What is the long-term vision of the state's SOW Soccer program?
The state of Wyoming's SOW Soccer long-term plan on the Wind River Indian Reservation is to build a fully established soccer club . The success of the program, and fully integrated partnership with the local Boys & Girls Club, will serve as a model for other state associations and clubs to use in building their own program's.
Q. What are the benefits of establishing a soccer club on the reservation?
- Being part of a team
- Community involvement
- Social interaction with peers
- Higher graduation rates
- Lower drop-out rates
- Higher college admissions