SAINTS LOOK TO MAKE A MARK ON PORTLAND YOUTH SOCCER
New soccer academy based in North Portland aims to fill a gap in Portland youth soccer
PORTLAND, Ore. – April 14, 2017 – Saints Soccer Academy, a community based soccer club offering Developmental and Competitive programs for girls and boys brings a fresh new look to Portland Youth Soccer. After a successful inaugural season with high initial enrollment numbers, a partnership with US Youth Soccer and support from the Timbers Army 107IST, the young club is entering its second season with momentum.
The Saint’s Soccer Academy was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2016 out of a need to give more passionate soccer players in the area an affordable opportunity to grow, develop and compete at a higher level. While most of the competitive clubs in the Portland area charge families over up to $2,000 for a year of club soccer, the Saints all-inclusive approach aims to keep their fees at less than half of that cost and strives to offer over 35-40 percent of their players full scholarships. The club accomplishes this through a community driven and enthusiastic group of skilled volunteer coaches, board members and parents.
The club differentiates itself by working hard to provide a community based, all encompassing atmosphere for both players and coaches. Director of Coaching Greg Martin, a soccer coach for over 20 years, and Club President Michael Fitzgerald, a former college soccer player, are providing an environment that encourages development through a dual coaching approach. Informed and influenced by the Positive Coaching Alliance, the club strives to coach both soccer skills and life skills through positive reinforcement, self worth and personal development.
“It’s an exciting time for Youth Soccer in Portland,” says Fitzgerald. “There’s an explosion of interest in club soccer in the city, partially due to the success of our Portland Timbers, but also through the overall growth of the sport in the US. “We’re trying to do something different with our club and put a lot of emphasis on the personal growth aspect of the game. These are hugely formative years for these kids and we like to think of ourselves not just as coaches, but also as mentors.”
In addition to year round development and competitive youth soccer programs, Saints Soccer Academy offers Futsal, summer camps, specialty training as well as TOPSoccer, a community outreach program for children with special needs.
About Saints Soccer Academy
The Saint’s Soccer Academy was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2016 out of a need to provide an affordable program for passionate soccer players to grow, develop and compete at a high level. Saints offers developmental and competitive level programs for girls and boys U8 to U15. Saints Soccer Academy is based in North Portland. For more information visit http://saintssocceracademy.org/.
The following is a list of fields where Saints regularly hold practices/games: