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Washington Youth Soccer Partners with Skyhawks Sports Academy
Partnership will aim to increase the scope of local soccer league enrollment and support participation of the multi-sport athlete at the Recreational and Select levels.
In June, Washington Youth Soccer announced a new partnership with Washington-based Skyhawks Sports Academy to encourage the Recreational- and Select-level soccer player to stay active and participate in multiple sport activities — especially during the summer months.
It’s a natural pairing of the state’s largest youth soccer organization, Washington Youth Soccer, and one of the largest youth sports providers in the country, Skyhawks, which will in turn promote league registration to its thousands of campers for Washington Youth Soccer Recreational and Select programs.
Skyhawks President Chris Stiles — who has been involved in Washington Youth Soccer as a player, parent and coach at the Recreational, Select and Regional Club levels — says the importance of participating in multiple sports can’t be understated.
“Youth soccer players have always played multiple sports, and now we have a partnership that will embrace the benefits of diverse athletic background,” he says. “Many of us remember when we were children and spent long days playing in the yard, driveways, and parks. Most of us played everything from soccer, basketball and football to games of capture the flag, kick the can, and hide-and-go-seek.
“Unwittingly, we were developing fine motor skills that would create the foundation for our future athletic endeavors,” Stiles adds. “Our bodies were learning vital skills for soccer, like how to accelerate, slow down, jump, and balance, while conceptually, we were learning about winning and losing, how to work as a team, and how to strategize.”
Through the partnership, both Washington Youth Soccer members and Skyhawks Sports Academy campers will be exposed to increased opportunities for development. Washington Youth Soccer players will receive multiple sport opportunities in the summer, and Skyhawks summer campers will learn about youth soccer leagues for the non-summer months.
“This partnership supports thousands of players along the Washington Youth Soccer’s Player Development Pathway,” says Kim Grant, Technical Administrator for Washington Youth Soccer.
Read more about the benefits of participating in multiple sports, then log on to WashingtonYouthSoccer.org to find out how you can take advantage of this exciting opportunity!
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