PCFC's mission is to offer high quality, affordable club soccer low-income, immigrant, and refugee youth from 3-18 years old in the Portland Metro area. Many soccer clubs claim to be inclusive of diverse communities but they simultaneously exclude many players and their families because of the financial barrier to play. We keep our season fees affordable, provide free uniforms to all players and provide cleats/shin guards when requested. But there are other barriers beyond money that are often less obvious.
Language and cultural barriers. We work hard to make sure that all our forms are translated into Spanish as this tends to be the second most common language spoken amongst families who access our programs. We also strive to recruit coaches who can assist with translation during in person conversations. It is also important to our mission that our staff reflect the communities that we serve. In addition to these steps PCFC also seeks out partnerships with other culturally specific organizations.
Transportation and socio-econmic barriers. These also prevent many youth from participating in high quality soccer clubs. As a result PCFC is dedicated to eliminating these barriers by assisting parents in finding transportation solutions such as carpool or our coaches and staff provide rides when needed. Unfortunately, parents who work multiple jobs or work odd hour jobs aren't always able to drive their kids to and from practices and games. That's why PCFC assists with not only getting kids to and from these events, but also understands when a player might have to miss a practice or game due to these barriers. We also aim to eliminate the technology barrier that often prevents families in low-income communities from having equal access to clubs. We do not require parents to have an email address or to only exclusively use email for communication. Our staff and coaches make phone calls regularly to check in with families about their youth's participation in each season. PCFC believes that connecting with people through any means is the most important even if it takes more time and effort.