World Cups Soccer Festival for youth 4 to 17 is March 30 and 31 at Lochside Park in Saanich. Submitted

World Cups soccer festival coming to Lochside Park

Victoria’s long running youth soccer festival, the Peninsula Co-op World Cups Soccer Festival, is set to return to Lochside Park on March 30 and 31.

The small-sided festival brings in players aged 4-17 from across Greater Victoria and the Island.

The festival was founded by Frank Leversedge in 1986 with a vision that the World Cups would bring people together.

KidSport Greater Victoria has been added this year as a festival partner and beneficiary.

Last year the World Cups raised more than $10,000 for local charities, community groups, schools and organizations and helped send a team from Gorge and Lakehill soccer associations to the Gothia Youth World Cups in Sweden.

This year the World Cups festival will also host the 2018 Strathcona Hotel Charity Classi. The game pits the Nanaimo United men against the Vic West men in a Div. 1 exhibition match, 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Lochside Park.

The match will support the MS Kick for the Cure and Anneswer to Cancer.

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