Skagway’s youth soccer league was awarded $750 from the assembly’s discretionary fund during a meeting on July 21.
Philipp Wagner, the organizer of both the adult and the new youth soccer leagues, requested funding from the municipality to assist in developing the youth soccer program.
“I have decided to form Skagway FC, an educational organization with the mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of Skagway’s youth, through the sport of soccer, at all levels of age and competition,” Wagner wrote in a letter to the assembly to request the funds.
The approved funds will go towards age-group appropriate soccer balls, pennies, cones and small goals.
“I contacted a company that’s actually giving me a very good deal with 45 percent off retail price so we can get the jerseys for a good deal and also the soccer balls for a good deal, otherwise that number would be a lot higher,” Wagner said.
Wagner said he isn’t relying solely on funds from the municipality to fund the program.
Children who wish to join the league also have to pay a $25 membership fee, and each child is responsible for his or her own footwear and protective gear.
There are currently two age groups in the youth soccer league of 5-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds. Wagner said he expects the program to continue growing.
“The word is still spreading in town, and I constantly get asked if people can still sign up,” he said.