Philadelphia Union announced that Real New Jersey Soccer Club has achieved Youth Development Affiliate status for 2013-14 season. The Club has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in youth development and passion for sharing, growing and learning in partnership with Philadelphia Union for the benefit of youth players and coaches.
According to Richie Graham, YSC Founder/Philadelphia Union Youth Development Managing Director: “Philadelphia Union are committed to youth development and we believe it’s critical for the evolution of the American game for all of us in youth soccer to collaborate and share best practices to help push the game forward. We are eager to share and learn alongside our YDA partners who have all shown a strong desire to never stop learning, which we believe is a critical component to success."
The Youth Development Affiliate (“YDA”) program is a coaching education and player development driven initiative formed by Philadelphia Union to create a network of like-minded clubs and coaches focused on improving coaching education and player development methodologies in the greater Philadelphia market, as well as other key markets.
“We believe that youth development is our future. Partnering with the highest-level soccer clubs, that share our vision, has been part of the Union’s philosophy from the beginning as part of our commitment to create one of the best youth development academies in North America,” stated Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz.
Philadelphia Union have invested significant resources and energy into developing an innovative and holistic youth development program including a youth academy technical staff with three UEFA Pro licensed coaches, and a sports science team of experts in psychology, athlete development, nutrition, and coaching education. YDA partners are provided the opportunity to access, share, and utilize the resources of Philadelphia Union to improve their learning environments and coaching methodologies.
"I am convinced that, over time, any success we have will be built on a foundation of partnership and collaboration,” said Philadelphia Union Academy Director Tommy Wilson. “We are confident that our affiliate program will be at the forefront of this initiative.”
Real NJ SC is one of a limited number of select clubs that have achieved Youth Development Affiliate status for the 2013-14 season; Real NJ SC is joined by:
1776 United FC
Cape Fear Soccer Club
Continental FC (FC DELCO/Spirit United)
Philadelphia Soccer Club
San Diego Soccer Club
West Chester United/Penn Fusion
The YDA program’s primary ambition is to meaningfully connect YDA clubs with the developmental philosophy of the Union creating a network and a platform for sharing best practices to provide opportunities for both coaches and players to grow and develop.
Visit www.philadelphiaunion.com/academy/yda-program for more information.