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Red Panamericana

Red Panamericana (Panamerican Network) is the name of the partnership of TorontotheBetter Learning and Development and the Hispanic Development Council dedicated to building the first Cruyff Court in Toronto.

Red Panamericana is committed to the strengthening and development of selected Toronto communities leading up to, and beyond, the Pan Am Para Pan Games 2015 in Toronto. A priority task in this is to implement as a Toronto pilot project the first Canadian “Cruyff Court”, an inclusive community soccer initiative founded by, and named after, Dutch soccer legend, Johann Cruyff. Cruyff courts have been established throughout the world to enhance neighbourhood access to sports inclusive facilities.

Project Description

As part of our commitment to strengthening Toronto communities, Red Panamericana proposes to construct a neighbourhood mini-soccer field aka “Cruyff Court” (with possible subsequent courts to follow) named after the Dutch soccer great Johann Cruyff, in under-resourced Toronto neighborhood. This court will be the first Cruyff Court in Toronto, Canada and is timed to contribute to the social legacy of the Toronto’s 2015 Pan Para Pan-Am Games.

The Court will exist to serve all ages, physical capacities and both genders and will be particularly attractive to young people in under-resourced neighborhoods. Though Cruyff courts are designed for soccer, they can also serve multi-purpose play. Furthermore, if local schools or children’s groups, etc. would like to use the space during the day, while children are a school, the court can be reserved. Close to the field, there will be reserved space where members of the local community should be able to provide products/services as a social economy that enhances community vitality. The effect of this project will be to create a safe community hub, where children are free to develop with the same amenities as children that have more resources. As important as the physical facility the Cruyff Court Project also provides a 14-rule playbook to teach children day-to-day developmental lessons and encourages community leadership and control. Thus, our project will enable community capacity building, skills development and education. A priority feature of our project will be a youth leadership program, which will empower and educate youth about community development and self-help. Cruyff courts are free and non-profit but we anticipate the ability to use the courts to build revenue when not in use for community sports.