Westbrook hopes free girls soccer will boost numbers
WESTBROOK — Girls sports in Westbrook have found themselves in a bind in recent years as participation at the youth level has plunged. Now, the Westbrook Soccer League has announced a new measure to battle that trend: All girls who register for soccer by May 15 can play for free.
Offering no-cost play is an unusual move, but one the league feels is warranted. “We’ve seen our female youth participation over the last five to 10 years decrease to a point where we can barely field teams at any age group,” says Andy Lefebvre, a member of the league’s board and also its head of coaches.
The pricetag associated with play any sport can be daunting, as Lefebvre readily acknowledges: “The league feels that one of the obstacles is cost,” he says, “so for this year we are eliminating this obstacle to get more females age 8-14 involved in youth sports.”
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