Segundo Barrio Futbol Club (SBFC) is located in the neighborhood of the same time on the Southside of El Paso, sandwiched between downtown and the US/Mexico border. The club was formed in 2011. The original plan was to form just one team for the neighborhood children, but due to the overwhelming response, more teams and programs were added over time.
The mission of SBFC, “is to seek to use soccer as a tool for social change by developing programs that foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of boys and girls in El Paso's Segundo Barrio neighborhood and beyond”.
The Segundo Barrio neighborhood is an immigrant community and has been called ‘The Ellis Island of the southern border’. It is one of the most deprived communities in the entire country with very high indices of poverty. Most of the children in Segundo Barrio are considered ‘At Risk’. There is a severe lack of opportunities for youth to participate in organized sports because of economic barriers. There is no charge for children to participate in SBFC’s soccer programs.
Today SBFC serves approximately 150 boys and girls ages 8 to 18 in three main programs. Its Competitive Travel Team program has five teams with about 80 children, from Under 10s to Under 18s that compete year round in local soccer leagues and tournaments. The Soccer and Reading Club is an afterschool program based at two local elementary schools. This recreational program, with 50 children in grades 3 through 5, provides an opportunity to get reading support and play soccer twice a week. Finally, the College Prep program is a way to support local high school soccer players academically and help prepare them for higher education. This program has about 20 participants.
SBFC is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. The coaches are community members and parents. SBFC covers its expenses through shirt sponsorship, grants, private donations and fundraising events such as its annual Charity Cup game.