Soccer enthusiasts in Milton ages 3 to 13 soon will have a chance to play in a city recreation program that will be run by the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA.
Milton City Council approved the Y's proposal in a revenue sharing program. The Y will keep 70 percent of resident fees and Milton will get 30 percent, said John Rebar, the city's Parks and Recreation director.
What Milton brings to the table is the use of new facilities. Practices begin the week of Feb. 20 at Crabapple Crossing Elementary and Hopewell Middle schools thanks to partnerships between the YMCA, Milton and Fulton County Schools. Saturday games will be played at the schools starting March 3 and last until May 5.
Spring soccer will be available for children and teens ages four to 13. In addition, three year olds can join in a "Mini-Kickers" program that introduces them to the sport.
Registration is underway and will end Feb. 18, though late sign-ups will be accepted until teams are full. To register, visit www.ymcaregistration.com. Use the online ID's in the flyer below.
Gayle Battersby, executive director of the Y, said over the past two years 466 Milton residents participated in the organization's soccer programs. And more than 3,000 residents are being served by the Y.
In 2011, the soccer program had 75 volunteers as coaches.
Mini-Kickers start at age 3, and work on teamwork and friendships.
Cost for Preschool Mini-Kickers is $75 for Milton residents and $112.50 for non-residents. A T-shirt will be provided. The program is split into two sessions: March 3-24 and April 14 through May 5.
All participants must have a current Y Facility or Program membership. Family Program memberships are $35 per year.
Cost for U6 to U14 recreational soccer is $110 for Milton residents, $165 for non-residents. An additional fee of $30 is added for a uniform.
The Y's Striker Academy/Select soccer program for more skilled and ambitious players, including competitive league opportunities, will be available fall 2012, said Battersby.
If you have questions about this program, email Jessica Tucker, Y sports director, or call her at 770-663-3532. You may also email Tom Gilliam, Milton's programs coordinator, or call him at 678-242-2519.