Local soccer administrators form new soccer club
With a goal of improving the game of soccer locally, administrators and coaches with New Castle Recreation, Silt Sports Association and Rifle Recreation formed a partnership designed to manage youth development and grow the soccer programs in the valley.
The New Castle United and Rifle United soccer clubs are the leading supporters of the development and will serve as the directors of expansion on the advanced level for teams based in New Castle, Silt and Rifle, according to United Clubs Youth Programs executive director and technical director Steve White, who served as a coach for Glenwood Springs and Colorado Mountain College during a span of 25 years.
Due to the creation of the club program, the New Castle and Rifle recreation departments’ current memberships with the Colorado Soccer Association will be supported with the addition of the advanced team structures. The reorganization of the clubs is designed to aid in the development of youth soccer teams and players within their respective communities, according to White.
Currently, New Castle Recreation has a team of U16 boys playing as the New Castle United, which is currently ranked as the CSA’s No. 3-ranked team in the state. New Castle United is coached by Alonzo Pacheco, who will also serve as the state league program advisor.
The newly formed New Castle United soccer club and the Rifle United soccer club holds a philosophy of “the game belongs to the players,” according to White. As a former coach, White said that the coaching staffs will serve as mentors and teachers for the players.
The philosophy will be demonstrated through the system of training and style of play for both teams, while the mission of the clubs, according to the press release, is to “expand the knowledge, technique, establish a style of play, and increase opportunity and success of its member players, coaches and supporters.”
New Castle United and Rifle United will play the first season this spring with age groups ranging from U10, U12 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys. The U18 girls will be in the middle of high school play this spring, so they’ll play their club season in the fall, according to White.
As new teams, the two clubs will have uniform kits that feature crests that closely tie the two clubs together. They’ll also use similar training and playing styles on the field.
According to the press release, the united clubs are going to be managed by the adult and select club team Colorado Mountain United, while also being members of the Colorado Soccer Association and recognized by the Premier Club Member of National Soccer Coaches Association.
A perk of the U18 group is that select teams will be organized for College Showcase tournaments to improve collegiate opportunities for local kids on the field.
According to the club press release, there are current openings for the girls Colorado Storm Indoor College showcase, Jan. 29-31 in Fort Collins, with the boys’ showcase taking place in Fort Collins, Feb. 20-21.
For more information, call 970-379-7192.
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