USA expats start international girls only soccer team in South Korea

Published:  27 Apr at 9 AM
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Two American expats living in South Korea have initiated a girls’ only soccer programme in the hope it will encourage participation in team sports by young Koreans.

John Starling and Donovan Loomis both have experience of forming and leading youth programmes for underprivileged children in their home country. Their latest and hopefully very welcome idea is to start an international girls’ only soccer programme in South Korea, as they feel strongly that most Korean public schools don’t provide enough organised team sports for their female students.

Mr Loomis, a long-term resident in the country and a masters’ degree graduate of Seoul’s Sungkyunkwan University, believes that over the last few decades and especially more recently, South Korea has made great strides in encouraging gender equality. However, he also believes there’s a lot more to be done in that field.

Sport, he feels, has a great deal to offer young people as a learning tool for life lessons, adding that many present-day female CEOs in America were active in sports during their formative years. Loomis is committed to doing all he can to make a positive difference in the lives of youngsters in the country.

The soccer programme is open to young Korean girls between the ages of eight and 12 years who’d love to learn and take part in organised sport. The organisers are convinced that playing international girls’ soccer will give the competitive advantage in female adult life traditionally lacking in Korean education.

Mr Starling, an experienced former youth soccer coach as well as a CEO advisor and business consultant, is more than happy that his daughter already plays girls’ soccer through her school. Chadwick International School boasts a successful girls’ soccer programme, with Starling feeling that every young Korean girl should have the chance to learn and enjoy playing the game and learning from the activity.

The programme’s first spring season session began on April 16 and is continuing through a total of five Saturdays. It’s based at Incheon Free Economic Zone in Sondo, and welcomes enquiries and interest through its website at
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