CF MONTRÉAL IN THE COMMUNITY
Since 1993, Club de Foot Montréal is actively involved in the community and has developed partnerships with various organizations over the years. The team supports and encourages causes that revolve primarily around the wellbeing and development of children.
As part of National Coaches Week, CF Montréal and its partner Pour 3 Points organized a free virtual conference. Live from Centre Nutrilait, the 75-minute conference is entitled “Les coachs au service de la société." CF Montréal Head Coach Wilfried Nancy, U17 Club Academy coach Nicolas Gagnon and P3P certified coach Katarina Radovanovic all took part in a panel discussion, while Fabrice Vil, founder of Pour 3 Points, moderated the talk.
Presented in a panel format, the conference discusses four themes: building team culture, the importance of coaching at the community level, the impact of a black coach in Quebec society and other social issues, as well as coaching beyond sport.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this fall, Pour 3 Points believes in social equality for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and is committed to developing and increasing the positive impact of sports coaches on youth in sport and in life. Through the organization’s training, coaches are empowered as leaders and mentors to foster an environment that supports the well-being and motivation of youth.
Presented by BMO, in collaboration with adidas, Allstate, Evangelista Sports, Husqvarna, Le Grec, Naturiste, Nutrilait, Oasis, Pepsi, Tim Hortons, Ubisoft and Videotron, the Soccer Celebration tour offers, for the past four years, an improved version of the club’s traditional public training sessions, a success since 2002. During the soccer celebrations, a group of 11 CF Montréal players will participate in mini-games with young players from the local soccer club. The players will also meet supporters for an autograph session at the partners’ tents. At the CF Montréal’s tent, it will be possible to purchase tickets for a game at Stade Saputo at an exclusive rate. Inflatable games, an Evangelista Sports mini-boutique and workshops courtesy of CF Montréal Soccer Schools will also be available.
Procure Walk of Courage
CF Montréal took part in the 14th edition of the Procure Walk of Courage, which took place on June 21. Each year, this 5k walk unites hundreds of Quebecers on Father’s Day to support the fight against prostate cancer. As a professional sports club, we hope that our presence at this walk creates a considerable impact, while also playing a crucial role in generating awareness towards this illness. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all members of the CF Montréal family were invited to walk at home following a challenge given by Joey Saputo, the club owner: walk at least 1,000km collectively. All participants fulfilled the expectations, and even more, walking a total of 2,187km. The Carmie and Joey Saputo Foundation therefore donated $10,000 to Procure in the name of the Club de Foot Montréal. All funds raised during this event are given to Procure, Quebec’s only charity entirely focused on the fight against prostate cancer through research, information and support programs for patients, including a 24/7 support phone line.
CF Montréal is committed to putting diversity, equality, and inclusion at every level of the sport to the forefront and continues to support programs that increase accessibility to soccer in order to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. In 2019, CF Montréal gave 12 of Special Olympics Quebec’s athletes a unique experience: CF Montréal unified team went to Toronto to take on Toronto FC’s unified team, all players signing a professional contract, travelling by plane and staying in the same hotel as the first team. They met numerous players and members of the technical staff before attending the first team’s game in the evening.