Atlanta non-profit plans to bring soccer to more metro MARTA Stations
Brookhaven, GA, December, 20, 2016 – by Anna Williams for The Post – An Atlanta non-profit organization called Soccer in the Streets has big plans to bring soccer to metro-Atlanta’s MARTA Stations, and it’s not just an idea, it’s for real.
Back in October, Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta United and MARTA unveiled their fields at Five Points Station, the first soccer field inside the perimeter of a transit station in the world called ‘Station Soccer – Five Points’. This project is designed to help develop grassroots soccer and provide life skills programs to Atlanta’s underserved urban communities.
The success of the Five Points program more than shows the Station Soccer concept has legs and may very well accelerate Soccer in the Streets’ plan to expand to other MARTA stations throughout Atlanta. Other stations they have their eye on include Ashby, Brookhaven, Edgewood, Kensington, Doraville, Sandy Springs, Oakland City, College Park and Arts Center. And the Brookhaven Station is particularly well suited for this type of program given the vast amount of underutilized parking around the station.
“By building a network of communities around transit, we are integrating youth and adults whilst we grow the soccer culture and giving access to all,” Soccer in the Streets’ board member Sanjay Patel said in a previous release. “We do hope to make the vision of a league of stations become a reality.”
According to Soccer in the Streets, mass transit makes it possible for the program to reach people they would have otherwise been unable to. Their programming places an emphasis on youth development and community outreach through soccer.
Another interesting idea is with soccer programs situated adjacent to or even in MARTA stations, league play becomes much more possible whereby programs across the city can utilize mass transit to get to their games, and hop right back on and head home.
As part of its new push for expanding free youth programs, Soccer in the Streets says they will be introducing adult leagues. According to the organization, every dollar spent by adult teams at Station Soccer will help fund youth programs, thereby establishing a unique sustainability model.