Vancouver Street Soccer meets Kettle Society in Sunday match

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      Two nonprofits from Vancouver's DTES and the East Side are hosting a neighbourhood soccer festival on Sunday morning (July 10).

      The Kettle Society, a mental-health advocacy and support-services group, will be playing a friendly match with the Vancouver Street Soccer League, an organization that uses sport to help homeless people and those recovering from addictions.

      The public is invited to join in the scrimmages, and former Canucks goalie and mental-health advocate Kirk McLean will be in attendance, along with Britannia Micro Footie players and coaches from Scotland's legendary Celtic Football Club.

      The festivities, including a burgers-and-fries meal after the match, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (before that day's Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France) at Strathcona Park's soccer oval (787 Prior Street).

      A release for the event described its aim as using sport "to encourage inclusive communities where everyone is welcome and plays together".