Cultivating a Love for Soccer: Cochrane Wolves FC’s Grassroots Program

In Cochrane, soccer isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life. And at the heart of this soccer-loving community is the Cochrane Wolves FC, an extraordinary club that’s taking a different approach to how we introduce children to the beautiful game. The Wolves’ Grassroots Program places a premium on the player’s experience, fostering a deep connection to the sport, the ball, and, importantly, involving parents in the journey. Let’s delve into what makes this program so special and how it’s igniting a passion for soccer that’s simply infectious.

“Drills” Take a Backseat

In many traditional youth soccer programs you’ll find unopposed drills, kids waiting in long lines, and an over emphasis on the ‘big game’. This approach can sometimes overshadow the true essence of the sport, especially for young, budding players. Cochrane Wolves FC’s Grassroots Program takes a refreshingly different approach. It recognizes that for children, the love for soccer often begins with the sheer joy of kicking the ball, running with friends, and sharing exciting moments on the field. The program doesn’t pigeonhole kids into rigid skill assessments or competitions; instead, it allows them to explore the game at their own pace.

Connecting Kids to the Sport and the Ball

The Grassroots Program’s primary goal is to connect young players to the sport and the ball. It’s about creating an environment where children fall in love with the game organically. The sessions are designed to be fun, engaging, and interactive. Coaches, trained not only in soccer but also in child development, ensure that each child’s introduction to soccer is marked by enthusiasm, laughter, and a genuine connection to the ball. From dribbling activities that feel like a game to imaginative exercises that make learning a joy, the program ignites a deep and lasting love for soccer.

Involving Parents in the Journey

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Grassroots Program is its commitment to involving parents in the soccer journey. Unlike many programs that drop off kids at practice and pick them up later, Cochrane Wolves FC encourages parents to be an active part of their child’s soccer experience. Parents are invited to attend sessions, cheer from the sidelines, and at the younger ages participate with their child. This not only strengthens the bond between parents and children but also creates a sense of community that extends beyond the field.

Creating Excitement Around Attendance

One of the program’s core principles is to ensure that attending soccer practice is not just another item on a child’s schedule but an exciting event they look forward to. Cochrane Wolves FC understands that when kids are genuinely excited about attending practice, their passion for the sport flourishes. The program achieves this by infusing each session with a sense of adventure, creativity, and camaraderie. Children leave practice with smiles on their faces, eager for the next soccer adventure.

Fostering a Lifelong Love for Soccer

The Grassroots Program isn’t just about creating soccer players; it’s about nurturing a lifelong love for the sport. By prioritizing the experience, connecting children to the game and the ball, involving parents, and making attendance exciting, the program sets the stage for a soccer journey that extends well into adulthood. It’s about instilling values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication while ensuring that soccer remains a cherished part of a child’s life.


In conclusion, Cochrane Wolves FC’s Grassroots Program is a testament to the club’s commitment to not just developing soccer players but fostering a deep and abiding love for the sport. It’s about igniting a passion in young hearts, creating memorable moments on the field, and involving parents in the magical journey. Through this program, Cochrane Wolves FC is sowing the seeds for a future generation of soccer enthusiasts who will carry the torch of their love for soccer throughout their lives.

Words: Scott Ansell

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Cochrane Wolves FC (CWFC) is a not for profit, minor sport organization that provides soccer programming to the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area. We are part of the Big Country Soccer Association District and our Tiered League Play teams participate in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association’s league.