The Latest Score -- Spring 2022 (Issue No. 8)

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WELCOME Dear Seacoast United Families And Friends,

become, and how much the level of soccer has improved in our region and across the country.

I trust you and your families are well and looking forward to warmer weather as we welcome in the spring.

Looking forward to the spring and summer, I hope you will enjoy reading about the club’s popular summer camp program, along with the upcoming USL 2 season, which again plays all home games at the Epping Sports Complex. The United Sports Foundation hosts a special Gala in May at OPAL’s new Portsmouth Sheraton, and the ever-popular Bob Masi Golf Tournament returns very soon. We have so much to look forward to and it gives me great pleasure to present the next edition of our popular magazine, The Latest Score.

We are grateful at Seacoast United for the past winter, as we enjoyed a more normal indoor season with very few restrictions. Our teams, indoor leagues and programs across Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire once again enjoyed the competition that our sport provides, plus the camaraderie of teammates we have all missed over the last two years. The Epping Sports Complex hosted four consecutive youth weekend soccer tournaments in March, and I’d like to extend a huge debt of gratitude to the staff involved with on-field activities.

We clearly have a lot to be grateful for across our regions of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which we hope shines through as you read through all of the stories. Please also recognize the members of the Seacoast United B2B Network, whom we stood with shoulder-to-shoulder to help us get through the past year. They are more than just good companies – we’re proud to be associated with such great people.

A special mention to Tim Farrell, SUSC’s Director of Maintenance, who must be applauded for his valiant efforts behind the scenes to keep the fields playable. I can still remember the days when it was impossible to play outside at this time of year and all competition involved driving back and forth to the likes of New Jersey.

I hope everything going on with Seacoast United fills you with a sense of pride. This coming fall, Seacoast United celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the club is also enjoying its 25th anniversary season with Nike. There will be several events planned throughout the year.

As you read our most recent edition of The Latest Score, I hope you appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into making Seacoast United what it is today. Opportunities for players of all ages and levels are very important to the club and communities we serve. It’s amazing to see the impact made over the years. The Hampton Indoor Arena celebrating its 25th anniversary is an especially proud moment for me. So many people thought we’d be out of business because soccer was not popular enough in America back in 1997. Due to the belief and efforts of so many people, the arena is an example of what can happen when you combine passion and hard work. It’s incredible to see how popular the sport of soccer has

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Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks to all my friends and colleagues for their commitment and loyalty to the club, and for helping make SUSC different both on and off the field. Here’s to the future. On behalf of everyone at the club, I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and successful year and the very best for the remainder of 2022. Kinds Regards, Paul Willis

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OUR CLUB Making a difference in people’s lives, both on and off the field

For Seacoast United, the passion among its directors, players and fans helped turn a small New Hampshire soccer club into one of the most successful soccer organizations in the country. The club was founded in 1992 with the simple mission to advance the physical and social wellbeing of kids and adults through competitive soccer. Seacoast United has grown exponentially ever since.

It started with two teams and evolved into multiple locations spanning from northern Maine to Rhode Island. What was once a handful of members now includes nearly 10,000 active soccer players. The club expanded from just two fields to several world-class indoor and outdoor facilities. Seacoast United has built a reputation among community and business leaders for creating more than just championship soccer teams.

The impact of Seacoast United Soccer Club can be felt both on and off the field and, increasingly, around the world. Seacoast United teams are designated for league play within the MLS Next and Girls Academy League, Development Player League (DPL) and National League Pro, National League and New England Club Soccer League (NECSL). The Seacoast United Phantoms participate in the United Soccer League (USL) League Two as well.

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the Seacoast team to get some help! Paul and I hit it off the first time we met, as it was clear we both approached life and business in the same manner. We both value a commitment to providing a product and service to your community and customers.

Q: How did you get involved with Ocean Properties? PW: The company was started by my father, Thomas Walsh. He had a furniture company with his dad, Francis Walsh, who immigrated from Ireland at 16 years old. The furniture company was sold and he then built his first hotel in Brewer, Maine. Years later, he acquired a group of hotels in Florida and in the southwest and that was the start of Ocean Properties.

Q: What are some of the things you have worked on together? PW: Over the years, Seacoast United and OPL have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship that extends through each of our organizations and even socially amongst many of our associates. Joining with Seacoast United in support of their various charities and organizations providing scholarships to many children who played for Seacoast over the years mirrors our efforts with OPL Charities to help various children causes and organizations. We have always been able to count on Seacoast to be there for us in these endeavors.

Q: Can you talk about the impact you’ve made in New England? PW: We are proud to have some of the most iconic properties in New England in our portfolio, many of which I know Seacoast United families are familiar with and have visited. This includes great family-friendly properties like Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, NH, Samoset Resort in Rockland, ME and Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina in Bar Harbor, ME to name a few.

Q: How has this sponsorship evolved over the years into a friendship? PW: I believe the relationship grew concurrently on the business level as well as the relationship level. Both companies are family companies that deal in different industries but are connected by a business approach that is based on family values. This shared ethos blurs any line between the two companies even though we work in different environments.

We look forward to the relationship continuing into the future. Q: How did the relationship between OPL and Seacoast start? PW: I was introduced to Paul Willis through mutual friends in the Megna family. I was a volunteer in the local town recreational soccer program. I believe to this day that Mike Megna was horrified watching an American dad who never played soccer try to teach and thought it would be good to introduce me to Paul and

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Q: Where do you see the partnership in the future? PW: We look forward to the relationship continuing into the future and while I don’t dare to predict where that will take us, I am sure it is something that will benefit our companies and all the friendships shared throughout each enterprise.


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GIRLS ACADEMY READY FOR NATIONAL TEST

“This will be the first opportunity for the U13 age group to travel to an event, so it will be great for them to experience that and test themselves against different levels of competition from the East Coast. The Girls Academy puts on fantastic events throughout the year, especially for our older age groups who get the opportunity to showcase themselves in front of lots of college coaches from different parts of the country.”

Girls soccer is growing leaps and bounds at Seacoast United. Want proof? Just look at the top of the developmental pyramid to see how far it has come under Chris Scott and his entire coaching staff.

The Girls Academy is now coming to the end of its second full year, and it continues to grow with the addition of strong clubs across the country that elevate the national platform.

After a successful fall season, the Girls Academy kicked off its spring season with all its age groups (U13-19) competing. The U15-19 teams started their spring campaign on the road when they traveled to Empire United (Rochester, NY) the first week of March.

“Over the last two years the Girls Academy has been a fantastic platform for our program on the field, and some of the initiatives they have introduced off the field, such as the Advisory Panel program, proves they have a player-centric approach,” Scott said.

The spring season is a pivotal time for the program, as both the coaching staff and teams will have one eye on securing their places at the summer playoffs.

“The Advisory Panel is there to make sure that players within our teams, club and the league have a voice, have mentorship and leadership, but more importantly it’s there to help create female leaders from within the game. The players we have involved in the Advisory Panel roles are already showing unbelievable leadership qualities, which I am sure will help them later on in life beyond their soccer careers, which is what we want to see from anyone who comes through our program.”

“We are excited to see what our groups are able to do on the field this spring, and there are a lot of players and groups within the program who have been excelling in recent weeks which we believe will show in performances as our conference schedule gets underway,” Girls Academy Director Chris Scott said. Seacoast United’s Girls Academy teams will all travel to North Carolina to compete in the East Coast Regional Showcase in April.

The Girls Academy 2022-23 season concludes at the end of June with the national playoffs and showcase in Oceanside, California. where national champions will be crowned for each age group, U13 through U19.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for all of our teams to play against other Academy clubs from outside of our region,” Scott said.

For more information on Seacoast United’s Girls’ Academy program, please contact Academy Director Chris Scott – cscott@seacoastunited.com

NEXT LEVEL COMPETITION

The MLS Next Academy is the highest level of play on the boys’ side in the country.

The Seacoast United Boys Academy teams (U13-U19) are eagerly anticipating the MLS NEXT spring season. “All the Boys Academy teams have spent countless hours indoor working hard over the winter months in preparation for the spring campaign, said Peter Decker, Seacoast United Boys Academy Director. “Spirits are high amongst the players and coaching staff, and we are all excited to see how the teams perform this spring. Through some new additions and the return of prep school players, the teams are looking at full strength as we look to compete at all age groups in the upcoming season.”

opportunity for our players to be seen by prospective college coaches. The Academy showcases are the most eagerly anticipated events of the year as the college coaches can recruit the top players in the nation.” The MLS NEXT 2021-22 season concludes at the end of June with the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs & Showcase in Dallas, where national champions will be crowned at the U15-U19 Age Groups. For more information on the Seacoast United’s Boys Academy program, please contact Academy Director Peter Decker - pdecker@seacoastunited.com

All age groups (U13-U19) continue their MLS NEXT fixtures this spring competing against the MLS Professional Academy programs, as well as Elite Academy programs at the highest level of boys youth soccer in the country. In addition to the league fixtures, the U17 and U19 Academy teams will travel to Baltimore, MD to compete in the inaugural MLS NEXT Flex Event.

To wrap up, we would like to acknowledge the 14 seniors who will be graduating from the Seacoast United Academy program this year.

“This will see the teams pitted against other teams who qualified from all over the nation as the teams battle it out to secure an end of season MLS Next Cup Playoff berth in Dallas,” Decker said.

“We are extremely proud of all the seniors who will be playing at the collegiate level in the fall of 2022. To have 14 out of 14 seniors committed ahead of the spring season is a tremendous achievement and a testament to all the hard work the players and coaching staff have put in over the years to provide them this fantastic opportunity.” Decker said.

“We will go down to Maryland full of confidence with the goal of qualifying for playoffs. Furthermore, the MLS NEXT National Showcase Events provide a tremendous

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IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

The Seacoast United Phantoms are pleased to announce the return of Alex Ryan, Paul Baber and Andrew Pesci for the upcoming 2022 season.

Nearly 25 years ago, the Seacoast community dreamed of transforming the sports landscape. The group built the Hampton Indoor Facility in November of 1997, embarking on a plan to build the first indoor soccer facility in the region and give players the opportunity to participate in sport year-round despite harsh New England winters.

The Phantoms are following up a very successful 2021. They qualified for the playoffs and were among the last 16 teams in the postseason before eventually losing on penalties. They finished with an impressive record of 10-3-3 and had 11 ex-Academy players on the roster throughout the year.

The facility has proven to be the greatest sporting asset in the Seacoast region.

Ryan and Baber worked hard behind the scenes to ensure they have the right personnel to take another step forward in 2022. Pesci will oversee the goalkeepers and provide further assistance for the group.

“To say this was a team effort would be an understatement,” said Seacoast United Vice President Ian Burgess, who was the club’s Director of Operations in 1997.

“We’re very excited for the 2022 season and to build on last year’s success,” said Ryan, the Phantoms head coach. “We’ve identified a great set of lads and believe we have everything in place to make this year even better.”

“Volunteers, board members, as well as the four staff members at that time, they all spent countless hours pitching in to make the facility a reality,” he said. “Without the Seacoast community, the dream of opening the first soccer facility in the region never would have happened.”

Ryan added that 2021 was a building block year in terms of culture for the program.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of athletes utilized the opportunity to have fun, exercise, improve skills and participate in a variety of leagues, programs, tournaments and teams offered by Seacoast United.

“We hope to attract more families and fans from the area to games and to showcase some top local and international collegiate athletes,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to work with this highly talented group.”

The arena featured just two fields (the current A and D) and a basketball/multi-sport combo when it was first built 25 years ago. But it quickly transformed. Two years later, with the need for more indoor space, the facility doubled in size and expanded to include two more fields. The year 1999 also marked the start of the Seacoast United Field Hockey Club, the first multi-

The Phantoms are based out of Seacoast United’s Epping facility and begin their season at home on May 22 against new division rival Vermont Evergreen FC. The new restaurant and bar at the complex, the 101 Grille, will add to the gameday experience for fans.

Black Rock (CT), Western MA Pioneers (MA), Boston Bolts (MA), Pathfinder (NY) and newcomers Boston City FC (MA), Vermont Evergreen FC (VT) and Blackwatch Rush (NY).

“With the new turf, locker rooms, gym and now the restaurant, we have everything in place to create an elite professional environment,” Baber said. “The restaurant will allow us to connect even more with the community and generate a better gameday atmosphere.”

USL League Two is the leader in pre-professional soccer in North America. The League plays a vital role in providing an elite platform for those pursuing professional careers domestically and internationally. Since 2010, over 80 percent of MLS draftees have come from the USL 2. The Seacoast United Phantoms have produced over 30 professional players since joining the PDL/USL.

The Phantoms will look to contend in a competitive Northeast Division. Competition includes AC Connecticut,

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sport club in the region. Since then, baseball, softball and lacrosse athletes all enjoyed opportunities to call Hampton Indoor home. “We’re also proud that the facility has become the pillar for community recreation,” Burgess said. “Children as young as two years old have enjoyed our playtime program, trying sports for the first time in a fun environment. Add in the fact we have over 60 adult leagues and we carry the full spectrum, offering something for everyone.” Hampton Indoor has since transformed into four turf fields. It now includes a full gym, where a partnership with Core Orthopedics (part of Exeter Hospital) helps athletes improve strength and speed. There are now two levels of office space – the building started with just three total offices – and a conference space for many of the soccer and field hockey staff. Whiteboard coaching sessions, as well as discussions recapping weekly games and performances, are a daily occurrence. Exeter Hospital even has an on-site sports rehabilitation center providing local opportunity for injury assessment and support programs for getting people back to full strength. “In all honesty, the Hampton facility offers everything,” said David Burgess, current Director of Operations and Facilities at Seacoast United. Burgess added he’s proud that Seacoast currently has players in its weekly adult leagues that have played in the facility since it first opened 25 years ago. “The play may have slowed down a little since then, but the passion and love for the game is still there,” he said. Seacoast United is set to celebrate the Hampton Indoor Facility’s 25th anniversary this November. Here’s to 25 more!

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK The menu at the 101 Grille changes every season, and there’s a good chance executive chef Frank Barrese is cooking up something you’ll enjoy this spring and summer. A fun, fast-casual restaurant, 101 Grille specializes in elevated gastropub food and specialty beverages. 101 Grille’s mission is to provide individuals and families tasty, nutritious, locally-sourced food without limiting guests’ options. Located within Seacoast United’s Epping complex, 101 Grille has already received sterling reviews from athletes, families and local residents alike. Tim and Becca Moniz own the 101 Grille, combining their passion for entrepreneurship and supporting local communities. Born in Danvers, MA, Tim remained a New England resident his entire life and started working in restaurants at 14 years old as a dishwasher. He attended Grove City College for business, then immediately returned to restaurants as a prep cook, progressing through the ranks to help open new restaurants and fill management positions. Becca, meanwhile, was born in Fairfield, VA and moved to Massachusetts in 2012 to attend Gordon College, where she received a music education degree. Becca worked locally as a middle school music teacher from 2016 through 2020, then dove headfirst into the 101 Grille in November 2021. The 101 Grille has already hosted several communityfacing events since opening, including live music, a comedy show, business luncheons, team dinners and even a charcuterie board craft event. It will continue to host events and performances throughout the year. Chef Frank’s specialty is combining powerful flavors with classic dishes, and he likes to keep enough variety on the menu that both foodies and picky eaters will find something they’ll enjoy. The restaurant takes great care in finding local ingredients and values being eco-friendly. Keep an eye out for specials, deals and more from the 101 Grille in 2022! To learn more, visit www.the101grille.com.


THE EXPRESS LANE Seacoast Express United enjoyed record-setting growth over the last year, seeing participation numbers skyrocket across multiple levels. In total, 375 kids participated across 25 boys and girls Express teams throughout the 2021-22 season. The teams participate in the USYS National League, NECSL and NHSL.

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Over the winter months, Express held numerous clinics, camps and programs for ages 3-18. Roughly 550 kids participated across all programs. All offerings were held at the indoor turf facility located in downtown Concord. During the fall and spring, Express utilizes the fantastic facilities at NHTI Community College, where it holds team practices and plays home games. Express also uses the college for the Capitol Cup Tournament over Columbus Day weekend. Approximately 280 teams traveled to Concord, Bedford and Epping to play in the tournament in 2021.

BEDFORD BUILDS ON A BIG 2021 The snowbanks surrounding the fields of Back River Sports Complex are slowly giving way to greener scenes, which means the spring season is within range for Seacoast United Bedford.

Express’ high school teams were in action for Seacoast United’s boys and girls showcases at both Epping and Bedford in March. Both weekends were great successes, and the teams enjoyed their return to outdoor play in front of college coaches from across New England.

Bedford enjoyed a highly successful winter. The program continues to grow, carrying momentum forward from 2021, its most successful year to date.

This spring, all 25 Express teams will take the field throughout numerous leagues while also participating in many showcase and regular season tournaments. The club is very excited about its overall growth, and it has added some fantastic coaches, as well as players, over the last few months. It hopes its coaching staff will continue to grow as well.

The coaching staff continued to put a lot of focus on creating a culture that breeds development and competition within an inclusive, respectful and playercentered environment. “Our teams and coaches have been working nonstop all winter and are raring to go this spring,” Club Manager Lenny Webb said.

Express also added Futsal to its program for its younger teams over the winter, with all U9-U12 teams participating at Concord Christian Academy. The fast-paced tempo of Futsal was just what the younger teams needed – they’ve already seen a huge improvement in their control, ability to play in tight areas and confidence in 1v1 situations. This will be a developmental focal point for younger players moving forward.

Bedford teams will compete this spring in the new EDP National League (boys) as well as the Developmental Player League (girls), New England Club Soccer League and several local soccer leagues. The Back River Sports Complex already saw plenty of action during the March Tournament Series. The brandnew turf fields are ready to host not only Bedford soccer teams, but several other athletic groups from around the region.

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“Updating the fields last year was a step in the right direction and the new surface allows us to extend the usage of the facility which is great for everyone in the area,” Webb said. For more information on Seacoast United Bedford, please email Lenny Webb at lwebb@seacoastunited.com.

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SUSC MAINE FINDS A HOME

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MA SOUTH SPOTLIGHT

Seacoast United Maine heads into 2022 with immense optimism for another successful year. As the club continues to grow, so does the programming within the club.

The staff at MA North is very excited about the upcoming spring 2022 season. After a busy winter full of team training, indoor league play and skills development classes, both the players and coaches are ready to transition back outdoors and prepare for the NECSL games and tournaments ahead of them.

With the addition of new full-time staff, MA South seems certain to continue where it left off in 2021 after a year of rapid growth in Seacoast’s newest region.

Our older groups kickstarted their spring seasons with the Seacoast March Showcase Tournament series, which took place at both the Seacoast United Epping and Bedford Complexes.

Henry Mitchell is responsible for working with all goalkeepers in the region. He is also at the helm of two competitive Boston-based teams.

Camps and summer programs within Seacoast United Maine saw a substantial growth in attendance during the summer of 2021, nearing 1,000 kids participating in the various soccer camps. The club added a multi-week camp at North Yarmouth Academy, which sold out in just over a week, and also added camps at Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Gorham, which all were filled with young aspiring soccer players ready to make their mark in the game. “It was great to see the growth of the summer camps in 2021,” said Seacoast United Maine Camp and Youth Program Director Branden Noltkamper.

These tournaments offer a great chance for our groups to test themselves against some quality teams prior to the spring season, while at the same time getting some fantastic exposure to local college coaches.

Gareth Coughlan will lead all sports performance programming. Coughlan, a native of Ireland, will be living on Cape Cod. He’ll also lead our brand-new programming on the Cape and will be instrumental in creating younger teams within our club structure.

On the younger side, our players put in hard work over the past few months to be ready to hit the ground running for their league games starting in April.

Maddie Finlay, MA South’s Girls Director, was really excited to wrap up another successful Futsal Season, which included four tournament wins for our team.

It’s a very exciting time, as we have several new U8 Junior Academy teams, as well as new U9-10 groups playing for the club for the first time. It’s great to see how excited the younger players are to play for the club and continue to develop and learn more about the game. As a coaching staff we are excited to fuel their passion for the sport. Our younger teams will also compete in several tournaments throughout New England against some of the top teams in the region.

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The group added two tremendous hires on the boys side to a very experienced and talented team.

We are thrilled to continue to develop our community partnerships as well. With two locations, Governor’s Academy in Byfield and Greater Lawrence Tech in Andover, we’ve made great connections with local towns to help them develop both players and coaches. This spring will see the launch of Andover United in partnership with Andover Youth Soccer, as well as clinics hosted in Newburyport, Georgetown, Groveland and several other local communities. It’s been fantastic to work with local players and coaches this fall and we are excited to continue that in the spring.

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Liis Abbott, the program’s lead staff facilitator, succeeded in getting their athletes in northern Maine back into a consistent training space at the University of Maine. The space provides a great chance for the athletes to continue their development in a professional environment.

camps in 2021. “We are excited to continue to add more weeks to many of these successful camps to get more kids on the field. 2022 should be a great follow-up to our previous year and we are excited to get back on the field this summer.”

The club kicks back off in April and is excited to see the kids compete regionally and locally. Seacoast United Maine is eager for a successful 2022 and is hopeful to make it the best year yet for the club.

Seacoast United Maine North also experienced a resurgence.

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Now, it’s time to look ahead to spring. More than 50 of our teams have already participated in a number of tournaments, including a pair of preseason events in March. Rob Jones, MA South Technical Director, can’t wait to get on with the spring season. “The coaches and players work extremely hard throughout the winter months,” he said. “Seeing them perform and compete in the spring will give us a good understanding of how we are progressing as a club.”

One of the most difficult parts of club soccer is making sure that kids have a “home” to play. Seacoast United Maine North found its home at the University of Maine at Orono.

see the growth

“Our players represented themselves with pride and passion throughout the winter,” she said. “I am looking forward to even bigger and better things next winter.”

There are players from the Cape and Islands that travel by ferry to train/play every day.

Regional Director Paul Turner is excited about the direction of the group. “Our entire staff truly cares about every kid that plays for them,” Turner said. “That is evident by the growing numbers – we’ve added over 100 players since the fall – as well as our residential camp numbers for the summer. We currently have over 500 players chomping at the bit for our summer camps, as well as new families wanting to join the club. I couldn’t be more excited for the next 12 months.”


SUMMER’S CALLING

“Thanks to the success of the event, Seacoast United and NHES collaborated on two more events and, in total, over 1,500 people participated … The fact that people came away from these events with a job offer is pretty rewarding and it’s amazing to think that a youth sports club made it happen.”

Seacoast United had over 4000 campers last summer.

Seacoast United will embark on another milestone in 2022 when it hosts the first statewide virtual job fair designed for high school students.

Ah, summer in New England. Whether you are enjoying your first (or 100th) lobster roll, visiting Vacationland (aka Maine) or spending time on the Cape and Islands, it’s hard to beat this part of the world during the summer.

On May 4, Seacoast United, alongside NHES, the Department of Education, New Hampshire Association of School Principals and New Hampshire School Administrators Association, will come together for the event, which will provide a platform for high school students throughout the Granite State to find employment this summer.

That fun extends to the fields for Seacoast United, because around these parts, summer means camp season. Gould Academy (Maine), Brewster Academy (NH), Nichols College (MA) and Camp Bourndale (MA).

Seacoast United’s Summer Camp Series has grown dramatically over the last two years, offering more types of camps at longer durations for all levels of play. Classes range from beginner-level classes for two and three-yearolds to grow their love and enjoyment of the sport, all the way to camps for 17 and 18-year-old players preparing for their final high school season and potential first year of collegiate soccer.

Each camp offers an experience for all ages, but they are not all the same. Over three weeks at Gould Academy, Seacoast offers separate girls and boys weeks for players ages 9-14, and also added a new third week for all players ages 15-19. The additional week should allow older players to prepare for the incoming high school season, while separating out younger players to attend the earlier sessions.

Seacoast will run eight residential camps over a five-week period this summer, allowing more than 1,100 players to participate across four separate campuses in New England:

The three weeks at Brewster Academy offer a wide variety of experiences. The first week begins with a goalkeeper-specific residential camp. Led by our goalkeeping director and staff, the camp features three sessions a day focused solely on the goalkeeper position. Week two is open to all players between the ages of 8-16. All players will have a technical and tactical session with a scrimmage in the evening, along with the occasional trip to the beach in the afternoon. The final week will be a girls high school preseason week, with high school teams from across New England invited to attend. This gives the teams a head start for the season and an extra week of practice together before the season. Finally, Seacoast rounds out the summer with its largest residential camp at Camp Bourndale in Plymouth, MA. Players ages 7-16 are invited to an activity-filled week that focuses on more than just soccer. Located on a beautiful lake, the campers also play basketball, tennis and utilize both the rope course and inflatable climbing wall.

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Seacoast United is excited to kickstart this summer in June and roll right through to the end of August. The group is on target to host more than 4,500 soccer players across Seacoast clubs in just Summer 2022 alone. They’re ready to engage every player they have to develop a love for soccer, have fun, grow and progress each day. We hope to see you enjoying a camp or clinic this year!

STATEWIDE JOB FAIR IS A GAME CHANGER

“Summer is always a busy time in New England and hospitality, restaurant and retail businesses are always looking to add to their teams,” Peterson said. “For the most part, these companies are looking to fill entry-level positions which are great for those who are entering the workforce for the first time. In addition to helping out local businesses, the students will benefit from the experience of working and taking the first steps toward becoming a key member within their community. This event ties in with Seacoast United’s holistic approach toward not only developing athletes, but preparing young people for life. We teach our players about being a part of a team, being accountable and being a leader …These qualities are all transferable to life and this is a prime example of us teaching our kids how to make a real difference.”

When it comes to making an impact throughout northern New England, Seacoast United continues to push the boundaries both inside and outside the white lines. The club created Walking Soccer, a program designed for senior citizens, and recently celebrated its longstanding 25-year relationship with Nike. It also introduced the Seacoast United Business Network in 2016, and has made significant efforts to combat mental health and teen suicide.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming Virtual Job Fair, please email James Peterson at jpeterson@seacoastunited.com or visit www.nhes.nh.gov.

Seacoast United strives to use its platform for real change. That was apparent a year ago, too, when Seacoast United partnered with New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) to host its first Virtual Career Fair. The event brought Seacoast United’s extensive network of families, businesses and community partners together in an effort to combat the number of challenges the region experienced due to the pandemic, including high unemployment and aging population.

Seacost United is the first youth soccer club in the US to host a career fair.

The hugely successful event had nearly 500 participants. “We had all types of people that took part in our first virtual career fair,” Seacoast United Sales and Marketing Director James Peterson said.

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COACHES SPOTLIGHTS:

MADISON FINLAY ROB JONES

Quick background: I am from Plymouth, MA, where I grew up with my mom, dad and two sisters and went to Plymouth North High School. I went to college at Franklin Pierce University and got my bachelor’s degree in sports management. I played soccer all four years and made some amazing friends and created great memories there.

Quick background: I’m Rob Jones. I was born in Chester, England and have been coaching soccer since 2002. I came to America in 2004 and lived in New Jersey before relocating to Massachusetts. My wife, Ashleigh, is a former coach who now teaches third graders and I have a threeyear-old daughter named Callie. I’m a supporter of Everton FC and love all sports. However, I do wish I was a better cricket player!

Your current role within SUSC: I am currently the MA South Shore girls director. I manage all the girls teams on the South Shore and coach three teams: The 2009 South Shore pre-elite girls, the 2006 MA White NL girls and the 2011 South Shore pre-elite girls. Why did you get into coaching? I love soccer, it’s my passion and one of the only things that comes completely natural to me. Coaching is much different than playing, but my playing skills help me as a coach. I also love kids and think it’s a blast to work with them.

Your current role within SUSC: Mass South Technical Director Why did you get into coaching? I finished playing at 19 years old and went to University. While in college a friend asked me to help him with his sixth form college, so I went along and found a passion.

Describe your own coaching style: Encouraging and positive while keeping the kids intense and competitive. It took me a couple of years to really grasp the aspect of keeping it fun, but also keeping the kids motivated and challenged.

Describe your own coaching style: Positive, demanding and intense.

Who was your favorite coach when you played? Why? My high school coach my senior year, coach Dennis Azevedo. He believed in every single player he coached. We didn’t have the greatest team in the world, but he created an amazing bond between us, and we did some great things that year because he made us all want to play for each other and made everyone believe in themselves.

Who was your favorite coach when you played? Why? Steve Holland, who is currently the England men’s national team coach. I loved his energy, freshness and the confidence he gave me as a player. In a challenging environment he made me and so many others feel important. What are the three most important aspects of coaching young players, especially females? Patience, enthusiasm and understanding. Be careful with criticism. Girls always think you are talking about them. It’s important to be specific.

What are the three most important aspects of coaching young players, especially females? 1. Building confidence within each player. So many young female players lack confidence, and there is only so much we can say to them to make them believe in themselves. But pushing those players to see what they’re capable of is important, keeping them striving for success.

Tell us something that might surprise us: I played basketball to quite a high level. I was a point guard and my high school team regularly competed on a national level.

2. Teamwork. It’s important for women to build each other up, especially in sports and on a team. Leadership plays into this as well. Having players around you that believe in you really makes a difference in each player’s development.

What are your goals for the rest of 2022: For my family to be happy and healthy. From a soccer standpoint, I want to have players play for our club with pride and develop a love for the sport. Soccer has given me so much. I want it to do the same for all of our players. Wins and losses are always important in the moment, but on reflection this sport is a vehicle in teaching life lessons and experiences. I want our players to get the full force of that!

3. Keeping it fun. Kids are so busy with school and other sports and the reason they come to soccer is to have fun and forget about it all. They learn better when they’re having fun while playing.

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HAPPY SPRING Happy spring from the United Sports Foundation. As the Foundation’s 2022 fiscal year comes to an end, we want to take a moment to thank you for all your kindness and support toward the fundraisers such as the Jarkko Tuominen Memorial Golf Tournament and the Calendar Raffle Sale. To this day, we have helped thousands of youth athletes from northern Maine to the south shore of Massachusetts through financial aid, community grants and college scholarships. Over the years, the foundation’s financial aid program has helped people like Susie, a youth athlete being taken care of by grandma on a fixed income. Without your help, Susie would not have had access to higher-level youth soccer where she learned leadership and teamwork, giving her the tools to be successful in life. The community grant program has given funds to small non-profit community sports programs, which helped offset costs of field maintenance and equipment such as goals, soccer balls and sports sticks. This help has allowed these organizations to divert their limited funds to other areas including waiving fees for underprivileged youth in their communities. The foundation has helped hundreds of graduating seniors attain their goal of attending college by providing over $100,000 in college scholarships to those who showed excellence in academics, community service and leadership. If not for YOU, these programs would not have been possible.

We are excited to let you know we have three incredible events planned to round out our year. The first is the United Sports Foundation Annual Gala Night and Auction. This event has some exciting changes in store, including moving to the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in downtown Portsmouth, NH. The venue is beautiful, and we are sure you will enjoy the atmosphere, food and staff there. The event takes place on Saturday, May 14th and begins with registration at 5 p.m. Cocktail hour and silent auction bidding begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:45. There will also be a live auction. The main event is dancing to the talents of the Mark Greel Band. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased online at qtego.net/qlink/unitedsports. You will also see that we have implemented mobile bidding for the silent auction items, which means you can also bid on items online leading up to the event. The last two events are going to take place on the same day. On May 20th we will host the Spring Classic Golf Tournament at the Links at Outlook in South Berwick, Maine. The proceeds for this event will go toward a new scholarship program named for Seacoast Pirates baseball coach Jesse Sherrill, who lost his life in a terrible accident last fall. We will also be hosting the Annual Bob Masi Classic Golf Tournament at the Ledges Golf Club in York, Maine. To reserve a foursome in either of these golf tournaments, please email or call Executive Director, Kathie Richard at (603) 758-1580, krichard@utdsportsfoundation.org


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