Salvo Soccer Club’s merger has provided our players with the opportunity to play with athletes across many geographical areas. We have seen our High Performance (Navy, Orange, and White) teams excel, but we have also seen the Academy (Steel and Grey) and Travel (Red, Crimson, and Scarlet) teams prosper.
During the merger of REV Soccer Club and Woodbury Soccer Club, it was easy to see how this merger benefited the High Performance teams, but many were wondering how it would positively impact the Academy and Travel teams in the Central, East, and South.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen our Academy and Travel teams attend tournaments out of state and enjoy successes on the field. This past weekend, we had multiple winners and championship game participants at two separate Kansas events. We will not enjoy these successes every weekend, but we are very excited about how our teams are developing at all levels and to see our club mature and build into one that can provide opportunities for ALL.
A key component of providing a quality experience for ALL is our dedication to retaining and improving the quality of coaches in our club. Returning coaches like Stephen Reed, Thomas Macmillan, Randall Appleton, Mukwa Ogitchida, Josh Sanderson, Jorey Erickson, and new additions like Anna Martinson, Damon Shoholm, Amin Ahmed, Mo Odhowa, Mo Haileselassie, and many others provide expert coaching and commitment to our Academy and Travel players.
Coaching is not the only place that we have expanded opportunities for our Academy and Travel families. Two examples of new opportunities are the work we are doing with our 2007 East Academy group and a workshop with a group of Moroccan Coaches. These experiences are unique to the Geos and are new opportunities that came to fruition because of the merger.
Taking on the Core Values — We are currently piloting a program in our 2007 East Academy that focuses on developing a set of core values within the groups by encouraging and supporting youth voice, engagement, and initiative. The idea is to look at how we can weave these ideas and lessons within the soccer content we deliver at each training session and game. Read more about this program…
Moroccan Coach Exchange — We have a group of Moroccan Coaches coming to observe and experience how Salvo SC does player development. The coaches will spend 4 hours with our staff experiencing the Play-Practice-Play methodology in the classroom and on the field. They will interact with our Academy and Travel teams and lead some of the training sessions. This provides an opportunity for our players to interact with and learn from coaches from a different culture who coach in different environments.
These events are an outcome of our merger and examples of benefits to our club. It is exciting when we can positively impact ALL our players, families, and coaches with unique opportunities that were not available to REV SC or Woodbury SC previously.