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MARTIN COUNTY -- Not Long ago, the place for soccer on the Treasure Coast was with the Stuart Breakers. The Stuart Youth Soccer Club that represented Stuart, Palm City, and surrounding neighborhoods was, by far, the largest around. Now, thanks to a group of committed volunteers, soccer in Stuart has a new home, new direction, and new identity as the Martin United Soccer Club.
Kicking off this fall, Martin United Soccer Club will be serving the communities that once supported Stuart Youth Soccer Club, while building fresh partnerships across the county, to bring the sport of soccer to families in the area at affordable prices.
MUSC aims to provide a community-focused, family-friendly soccer program that delivers technical, tactical, and positional awareness for recreational and competitive players.
But success on the field isn't the most important thing the club can do, says new president Chad Thimons.
"Our goal is to bring soccer to all youth within our community," said Mr. Thimons, who was previously president of Jensen Beach Soccer Club. "We will be working with the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, building new partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County and City of Stuart Community Services, and all other youth interested in playing soccer in the area."
Working with these community groups is part of MUSC's focus on education, dedication, commitment, respect, discipline, work ethic, creative enjoyment, fun, satisfaction, desire, competition, and teamwork. But the soccer action promises to deliver as well, with teams available for boys and girls age 4 through high school ages.
MUSC will also feature the FYSA TOPS Soccer program, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.
Mr. Thimons has been personally handling all the funding to rejuvenate the club over the last six months and is anticipating a great first season in the area. As a nonprofit, the club will need the community's continued support through sponsorship opportunities for the club and players. Businesses interested in helping support soccer in the community can send their interest in helping via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with Mr. Thimons, volunteers from Port St. Lucie Soccer Club and the Treasure Coast Soccer League are lending their services to bring nonprofit, community-based soccer back to Stuart and Palm City.
Additionally, other clubs in the area have supported MUSC's efforts. FC Florida will be providing State Cup U16-U18 level players to help train the MUSC players, the Palm Beach Gardens Predators have assisted in funding, ordering, and supplying uniforms for the first season at MUSC, and the member clubs of the Treasure Coast Soccer League welcomed the club back into the league and are supporting MUSC in attending the Florida Youth Soccer Association's annual meeting in Orlando.
Here is a breakdown of MUSC offerings for 2014:
MICRO SOCCER: $89
Through the use of small-sided games, the Micro Soccer program provides children as young as 4 years old with the opportunity to have fun as they play and learn the game of soccer. The children that are 4 and 5 years old will play in the U6 division, and children that are 6 and 7 years old will play in the U8 division. Season starts for U6-U8 the week of Sep. 7 for 10 weeks ending before Thanksgiving.
RECREATIONAL SOCCER: $109
The Recreational program provides children ages 8 through 17 with the opportunity to have fun as they play and learn the game of soccer. The U10 and U12 program training format have emphasis on enhanced skills development. The focus of practice is on the development of individual fundamental soccer skills. Games are played to provide players with an opportunity to use the skills they have acquired, without placing importance on game results. The U14 through U18 programs are organized for traditional team play. Practices are geared toward all skill levels, and games are played in the spirit of fun and healthy competition. Practice starts the week of Aug. 17 for U10-U18. Games will begin Sept. 6 and 7 for these age groups.
U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSOCCER (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. The goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family. The Fall TOPSOCCER program at MUSC starts Oct. 11th and runs for six weeks. For more information contact Karen Dunn at: email@example.com.
For more information, visit the website at www.martinunitedsoccer.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org