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1405, 2019

The Robbie Welcomes Toronto FC, Presenting Sponsor Festival

The Robbie Welcomes Toronto FC, Presenting Sponsor Festival

Again this year, Toronto FC is our Festival Presenting Sponsor. TFC will be showcasing their TFC Juniors program through on-field demonstrations at the Wexford//Ashtonbee fields on Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23 where we will have 11 fields of U8, U9 & U10 boys and girls with up to 88 teams each day. A feature of activity at Wexford/Ashtonbee is our parade of teams, a tradition in which the players and their parents have a great time. We sincerely appreciate the ongoing support of Toronto FC, President Bill Manning and all the staff at TFC.

605, 2019

Hope and Frustration Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Hope and Frustration Living with Cystic Fibrosis

The Robbie has been donating proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1967 for treatment, research and education. CF leads to the destruction of the lungs and an early death for most people who have it. There is no cure. Once lung function is lost, there is no way to get it back. Three gene-modifying drugs are available – each costing about $250,000 per year in Canada – that are believed to slow down lung damage caused by the disease. Other treatments only ease symptoms. Access to all three medications is severely limited. Read the link here about two young brothers, both living with cystic fibrosis, who could face two very different futures because only one has access to cutting-edge medication.

1803, 2019

Five Feet Apart – A Film about Cystic Fibrosis

“Five Feet Apart” is a just released movie about two teens living with cystic fibrosis and their relationship. The Robbie hopes that anyone seeing it will come away with a new or greater understanding of this genetic disease. While the representations in the film about living with CF get some “Hollywood treatment”, we at The Robbie think anything to raise awareness of this fatal disease is beneficial.

The Robbie has been donating proceeds from our annual International Soccer Tournament and Festival to Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1967, $60,000 last year. Follow this link to find out how you and your team can be part of the effort to raise even more for cystic fibrosis treatment, research and education.

The Robbie Donates to Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Click Here
2802, 2019

On Pace to Reach Capacity Again in 2019

In each of the last few years all divisions of The Robbie, both Festival (U8-12) and International Tournament (U13-18) have reached capacity and each year we’ve had wait lists in most divisions. Despite a wicked 2019 winter, applications are actually slightly ahead of 2018 when we totalled 450 teams.

The Robbie is the only charity event sanctioned by Ontario Soccer. Festival teams are exempt from travel distance limits, and participation in The Robbie does not count as a memorable event. The Festival is now open also to Under 8 teams. Some districts including Durham, Toronto and Peel Halton allow festival age teams to blackout Robbie weekend, freeing teams from regular schedules, so their teams can participate if they wish in The Robbie.

Year after year about 25% of Tournament teams travel from well beyond the Greater Toronto Area, not just from Ontario but also Quebec and other provinces as well as the U.S.A., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Since 1967, The Robbie has supported Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Total donations from The Robbie have reached almost $2-million.

2802, 2019

The Robbie Welcomes New Volunteers

The Robbie is organized by volunteers and has been since it began in 1967. This includes our referees who volunteer every year to officiate all of our Festival and Tournament games, in 2018 nearly 700 games in total.

New additions to the Robbie Committee include Alison Pettigrew, a long time field convenor and current General Manager of Clairlea-Westview SC who will be Discipline Chair and coordinate securing of athletic therapists for the tournament and first aid services for the festival.

Also joining the Robbie Committee are Ron Smale, Past President of Ontario Soccer and Louise Garneau-Ross who assisted Ron during his tenure with OS. Both Louise and Ron have been active supporters of The Robbie and they will have responsibility for coordinating the Robbie Festival (U8-U12) on June 22 & 23, 2019.

The Robbie is always interested in adding to our volunteer ranks as we promote the game of soccer and donate proceeds annually to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. For more information please contact Robbie Chair, Mike Ellis

2904, 2018

The Robbie Festival Presented by Toronto FC

The Robbie is pleased to announce Toronto FC as Presenting Sponsor for The Robbie Festival events June 23rd & 24th.

Toronto FC is pleased to be able to provide support to The Robbie in their efforts to promote soccer and to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

TFC will be bringing their MLS Cup Trophy Tour and Pioneer Community TFC Kick Zone to The Robbie’s U8, U9 & U10 girls and boys divisions playing at Wexford Park / Ashtonbee Park. The Robbie expects to be able to announce in the coming weeks other special activities for this year’s U8-U12 Festival.

“We are very pleased to receive continuing support from Toronto FC,” said Robbie Chair Mike Ellis. “The Robbie is known in many parts of the world as a premier youth soccer event and our association with MLS Champions Toronto FC is a good fit,” added Ellis.

Current and former TFC players such as Jordan Hamilton, Jay Chapman, and Dwayne De Rosario participated in The Robbie. Jordan and DeRo as well as Canadian Women’s player Diana Matheson were multiple time champions.

1511, 2017

Festival & Tournament Open to all Clubs and ORA Members!

The Robbie is a “Designated Festival & Tournament” by Ontario Soccer.

For Festival teams (U9 – U12) travel restrictions outlined in the OS Matrices for U9 to U12 squads; travel distance limitations do not apply. Participation in The Robbie does not count as a “memorable event”.

Teams must still apply to their district for approval to travel.

The U9/U10 and U11/U12 girls and boys divisions have all reached capacity in recent years, be sure to apply early and obtain your approval to travel.

3006, 2017

2017 Donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada

The annual Robbie Media Kick-off on Friday, June 30th at the Delta East Hotel, Robbie Tournament Headquarters was emceed by Alf de Blassis a long-time friend of The Robbie and someone known well in soccer circles in Toronto and beyond for many years.

Podium guests included Ontario Soccer President Ron Smale, Scott Boucher from the Delta East Hotel, Grace Peacock from Metroland Media, Toronto FC Community Ambassador Steven Caldwell, and Honorary Chair Dwayne de Rosario along with Robbie Chair Mike Ellis.

Jeff Beach, Chief Executive Director, Ontario, Cystic Fibrosis Canada introduced Meaghan Macrury who lives with cystic fibrosis. Meaghan described her daily essential health routines, and the challenges, setbacks and disappointments that she faces in trying to lead her life. After Meaghan’s speech, The Robbie proudly presented Meaghan and Jeff with the 2017 donation of $50,000. The Robbie’s total donations over 51 years now exceed $1.75-million.

June 30, 2017

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The Robbie Tournament raises $50K for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Soccer action slated over the next two weekends – Sports Jun 20, 2017 01:00 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

About 270 youth soccer teams from across the province will take part in this weekend’s The Robbie Festival, which takes place at four locations in Scarborough and one in Unionville.

“While it’s competitive, we don’t keep scores and standings. There are no medals for winners or trophies,” said Mike Ellis, chair of The Robbie. “Everybody is treated equally at the festival.”

The games, for boys and girls ages seven to 12, run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24 and 25 at Timberbank Park, Wexford Park, McCowan District Park, Milliken Mills Park and the hydro field at Warden and McNicoll avenues.

The second part of the annual The Robbie takes place on Canada Day long weekend, July 1 to 3. The Robbie International Tournament involves 160 teams of girls and boys ages 13 to 18 from across the province and beyond, including Mexico, Barbados and Trinidad. The event takes place at 24 fields on 14 different locations in Scarborough as well as a two-field facility at Cherry Beach.

The final games will be held July 3 at Highview Park and at Birchmount Stadium.

“The first kickoff is 9 a.m. at each field and then games throughout the day,” Ellis said.

The Robbie will donate $50,000 this year to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, bringing its total donations to charities to $1.75 million.

The money was raised from team registrations and through a few sponsors.

Believed to be the largest youth soccer tournament for charity in the world, The Robbie began in 1967 in Scarborough with just a few local teams.

“In the very first Robbie, a can was passed along the sidelines and a donation of $66.52 was made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, so we’ve come a long way,” Ellis said.

The tourney was named after Robbie Wimbs, the son of John Wimbs who was one of the original organizers of the event. Robbie had cystic fibrosis and inspired organizers to raise funds for research.

Ellis stressed The Robbie is run by volunteers.

“Our referees for every year of The Robbie have never charged to officiate games,” he added.

801, 2017

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame


The Robbie International Youth Tournament Inducted into Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame – Organization of Distinction.

The Robbie was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame at a ceremony on November 9, 2014 attended by the current committee, representatives from Scarborough Soccer, and eight past chairs. The Robbie remains committed to its original objectives: to promote soccer and to raise money for charity.

The Robbie International Youth Tournament has been played in Scarborough, Ontario every year since 1967, and has involved both male and female teams from all over Canada, the world and now offers events for players 7 to 18. The tournament is organized by a committee of the Scarborough Soccer Association.

The Robbie has hosted well over 10,000 teams and over 200,000 players and has raised $1.7 million dollars that has been donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The Robbie Tournament has seen the likes of Toronto FC’s Dwayne De Rosario and Scarborough’s Jonathan De Guzman as well as National Women’s Soccer League players and Olympians Diana Matheson and Jonelle Filigno.

Click for Photos from the Induction Ceremony