April 25, 2018
Academy Affiliate Program Welcomes Sporting Missouri Valley
Joining Sporting Lee’s Summit as an Academy Affiliate in Western Missouri
Looking ahead towards the upcoming club tryouts and the fall 2018 youth soccer season, the Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, is proud to announce the addition of a new Academy Affiliate, Sporting Missouri Valley. Sporting Kansas City’s Academy Affiliate program strives to provide its members with the best possible resources, education, and developmental opportunities both on and off the field while also giving members unparalleled access to Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club.
Structured with two primary satellite locations, Sporting Missouri Valley will have footprints in both the North and South sides of the river in the Kansas City metro area. By offering two separate locations, players and coaches from across the Kansas City metro will be able to join SMV and form teams under this new Academy Affiliate umbrella.
Sporting Missouri Valley will mainly operate out of Z-Sports in Greenwood, MO but will also cater to soccer communities and locations South of the river. SMV Director of Soccer will be Zoran Savic, who is currently an assistant coach at Sporting Kansas City and has been in professional soccer as a player and coach for over 30 years. “With the launch of Sporting Missouri Valley, we are excited to expand Sporting KC’s Academy Affiliate program, and drive our youth developmental goals further at an even faster rate. By offering satellite locations in both the Northeast & Southeast corners of the KC metropolitan area, we will provide many more players, coaches, and families access to Sporting KC’s youth development system & the benefits of being a part of the country’s premier affiliate program,” quotes Zoran.
Sporting Missouri Valley-North will primarily operate out of Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty, MO but will also service the youth soccer communities in the Northland. The SMV-North club director will be Jacques Tournoy, former Club Director of Dominos SC in the Northland. “Sporting KC is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the region. Being able to work with them to help grow soccer in the Northland is very exciting. They bring resources to the table that will ultimately make us very successful as a club and benefit all who play the sport in the area. We can’t wait to get started on this new and exciting chapter for soccer in the Northland,” said Jacques.
Vice President of Sporting KC Youth Soccer, Dan Popik, comments, “I’m thrilled to announce the addition of Sporting Missouri Valley and Sporting Missouri Valley North to the Sporting Club Network and Academy Affiliate Program. In addition to Sporting Lee’s Summit, Sporting Missouri Valley and Sporting Missouri Valley North will offer the youth soccer community of Western Missouri a clear pathway to the Sporting Kansas City Development Academy and a connection to the professional team. Sporting Kansas City looks forward to working with Zoran Savic and Jacques Tournoy as they build Sporting Missouri Valley into the premiere high level club in Western Missouri that will provide each player with the resources, coaching and structure necessary for them to fulfill their potential and love for the game.”
Three years ago, Lee’s Summit Soccer Association rebranded to form Sporting Lee’s Summit, offering a new platform for players to further their development and explore higher levels of competition both locally and regionally. With the launch of Sporting Missouri Valley, the top teams from SLS will have the opportunity to continue to reach for greater heights under the SMV brand, while still allowing Sporting KC to maintain the strong local connection to all of Sporting Lee’s Summit’s current membership. Vice President of Sporting KC Youth Soccer, Dan Popik, states, “Since 2015 Sporting Lee’s Summit has been a valuable member of the Sporting Club Network and Academy Affiliate Program. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Sporting Lee’s Summit during their transition to a recreational and competitive level youth soccer club with non-paid coaches in the town of Lee’s Summit.”
In addition to SLS maintaining its connection to Sporting KC via the affiliate branding and access to the player development pathway, those members should still expect access to coaching education annually, as well as various team and player-based events, including, but not limited to camps, tournaments, and supplemental training opportunities.
Sporting Lee’s Summit President, Jeff Fielder, comments on the conjoining partnership with the new club stating, “Sporting Lee’s Summit is excited about continuing our partnership with Sporting Kansas City as an affiliate club. Over the past three years, our members have enjoyed so many wonderful opportunities for players, coaches, and families. It’s truly an honor to be a part of an organization that does so much to raise this sport, support our communities, and provide positive soccer experiences for everyone. Sporting Lee’s Summit, Sporting Missouri Valley, and Sporting Kansas City will continue to grow together to offer bigger and better programs and soccer opportunities for the youth of Lee’s Summit.”
Sporting Missouri Valley will provide an opportunity to continue expansion of Sporting KC’s Academy Affiliate program, in an effort to collectively provide more resources & support towards growing the game at the grassroot level in our local communities.
If interested in joining Sporting Missouri Valley, there is a free pre-tryout camp hosted on June 4-6 at Z-Sports. Tryouts for the SMV 2018-2019 season will be held on June 8-10 at Legacy Park Soccer Complex. For more information about SMV, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested in joining Sporting Missouri Valley-North, there is a free pre-tryout camp hosted on June 4-6 at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty, MO. Tryouts for the SMV-North 2018-2019 season will be on June 8-10 at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex. For more information about SMV-North, please contact Jacques Tournoy at email@example.com.
You can register for tryouts for both Sporting Missouri Valley and Sporting Missouri Valley North at https://sportingmv.sportngin.com/register/form/785541944.
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Sporting Lee’s Summit Information
If interested in learning more about Sporting Lee’s Summits programs and tryout information, please visit www.sportingls.org.