Former refugee holds summer soccer camp for Syrian kids in Winnipeg

CBC News Manitoba - People around the world come together to put on jerseys and cheer for their favourite teams but in Winnipeg a soccer camp used the love of sport to help refugee children feel at home.

The sounds of laughter, shoes hitting the ground, and soccer balls flying into the back of the net filled the University of Winnipeg's Axworthy Health and RecPlex on Saturday as about 100 kids, mostly from Syria, took part in a soccer camp.

"Soccer is the number one sport in Syria and, just like hockey in Canada, every kid looks up to soccer players, they want to be like them, they want to be famous, they feel good playing soccer," said Omar Rahimi, founder of Liberty Football Club Soccer Academy.

"And that's the only thing that makes them feel good right now."