Two Local Youth Soccer Associations, FC Academy To Merge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chattanooga Football Club announced an agreement to merge its Chattanooga FC Academy operations with the Redoubt and North River Soccer associations for the advancement of youth soccer in the Chattanooga area. 

With this move they hope to create a full spectrum of soccer offerings, from the purely recreational, to “rec-plus”, all the way to full “select” travel soccer, and it will do so with a geographical footprint that serves the entire Chattanooga area, from East Brainerd to Hixson, and all points in between.

 

“The move was logical,” said board member Sean McDaniel. “Redoubt and North River have the fields, lots of registered players, and volunteer parents, and we have the expertise in running and managing youth soccer at the highest level. It is a great fit, and will allow us to move the sport forward in Chattanooga for the good of all local youth. Our board hopes to grow the partnership to include other area associations in order to reach its stated goal of becoming the best select soccer program in Tennessee.”

Under the new arrangement, representatives from all three organizations (Redoubt, North River, and Chattanooga FC) will form a new board to manage the program, whose sole aim will be to create the best select program in the state. The bylaws will encapsulate the mission and philosophy of Chattanooga FC Academy, as follows: “to develop youth as players and as people first and foremost, with a focus on growth over winning  for winning’s sake, with a dedication to continuous improvement of both players and coaches with feedback and training offered at every opportunity.”

All three groups are members of the Tennessee State Soccer Association which is an affiliate of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association.

A meeting will be held at Finley Stadium on Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 pm to provide information about the merger and to allow for Q&A from parents, players, coaches and the general public.

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ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FC ACADEMY

Chattanooga FC Academy’s vision is to foster a stronger community in Chattanooga by building relationships through the sport of soccer, the world’s game.

Mission: Chattanooga FC Academy develops soccer players of a wide range of ages in the Chattanooga region through a unified system of coaches, teams, training and facilities. Working alongside the Chattanooga community, we serve all youth, regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic background – creating progressive and innovative opportunities for them to grow and excel in soccer skills, in the delight of play, in the discipline of team work, and in the benefits of dedication to the sport.

ABOUT REDOUBT

Our mission is to elevate the quality of recreation and ensure a positive influence which will make a difference in the future of the children in our community.

The purpose of RSA shall be to teach and educate youth in the rules, laws, skills, and fundamentals of soccer;  to promote, develop, control and regulate amateur and youth soccer; and to govern league and tournament play within RSA. To this end RSA shall do any and all acts desirable in the furtherance of the foregoing purpose. RSA is a non profit organization run by volunteers.

Redoubt Soccer Association offers soccer programs for ages youth ages 3 - 16, as well as an adult program for ages 18+. Fall Season runs August - November, and Spring Season February - May each year. Indoor season runs December - February

ABOUT NORTH RIVER SOCCER ASSOCIATION

The North River Soccer Association (NRSA) is a non profit group of volunteers whose goal is to promote and organize recreational and competitive youth soccer in the Chattanooga area. NRSA was created 1990 and is located in the City of Chattanooga's first soccer complex in Dupont Park.  NRSA's goal is to provide an organized program that is fun for the participants, and also provides opportunities to teach all players the skills, fundamentals, teamwork, strategy and sportsmanship of soccer.




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