The FCBEscola in Edmonton, Alberta, received a special visit last week when the Fort McMurray Fury, a local youth soccer association affected by the massive wildfire, came to use its facilities.
The Fort McMurray wildfire began on 1 May, 2016 and damaged parts of the city.
More than 90,000 people were forced to flee their homes as the fire raged across Alberta, burning over 250,000 hectares of land, making it the worst fire in Canadian history.
Players from the Fort McMurray Fury, who had gone to Spruce Grove to avoid putting themselves into the path of the fire, spent a few days training with the coaching staff at the FCBEscola Edmonton. The children took part in games organized at the FCBEscola and trained following the same methodology as the FC Barcelona youth players themselves.
Everyone involved enjoyed a gratifying experience. The boys and girls of the FCBEscola Edmonton were eager to help out, showing compassion and understanding in the face of such a difficult situation.
The families who came from Fort McMurray, meanwhile, were elated to see the happiness on their children’s faces as they played far from the dangers of their home town.
This initiative was made possible thanks to David Navarro, the Catalan coach of the Fort McMurray Fury under-12 team.