Play Where You Stay’s Work with Schools
When Play Where You Stay was founded in 2018, programming focused on bringing soccer to Memphis neighborhoods for children ages 5 to 11 by creating an after-school barrier-free opportunity to learn, play, and exercise in nearby lots and parks. In 2019, we launched a competitive program for children ages 12 to 18 to supplement middle and high school team sport experiences with skilled off-season “club” play and competitive training.
In the fall of 2021, Play Where You Stay supported Snowden’s Middle School girl’s team. We learned that school teams face challenges finding skilled soccer coaches and accessing appropriate equipment to ensure players maximize their potential and get a great experience learning a team sport.
This spring, in partnership with 901 Girls With Goals, we are supporting teams at Wooddale High School and Lester Middle School. Together we are providing a PWYS coach and soccer equipment. Both teams have a winning record!
We also expanded to Wells Station and Sherwood Elementary Schools bringing our signature K-5 instructional program to the campuses.
Working with schools is a great way to increase access and share the sport at a higher level. We are excited to learn from these initial pilot opportunities as they adjust and grow.