Sports Mini Pitches
Thanks to a donation by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, ACPS has installed two mini-pitches at James K. Polk Elementary School and one at John Adams Elementary School. The project is part of a national effort to promote soccer among school age children.
The multi-use space - meant for small-sided games, team sports and other physical education activities will be used solely by ACPS students, weather permitting, during the school day.
Alexandria Soccer Association will use the courts for their free after-school soccer program: Soccer for Success. ASA’s programming gives students an opportunity to experience league sports and provides mentoring and coaching. When not used by ACPS, the mini pitches will be open to the public for use during reasonable hours.
The multi-use courts were constructed at both schools in early fall 2019. They were erected on former basketball courts. The US Soccer Foundation initially reached out to ACPS with their offer to build the pitches in December 2018. After a detailed analysis of five ACPS school sites, the schools at Polk and Adams were deemed most suitable for the project. This estimated value for this gift is $180,000.
ACPS paid $6,500 for site preparation at James K. Polk Elementary and $6.700 for site preparation at John Adams Elementary School. Target Stores has offered an additional $7,000 donation per pitch to support landscaping.