BayShore Soc­cer, CCYSA join forces

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CENTREVILLE — Rich Lang­ford, pres­i­dent of BayShore Soc­cer Club, has an­nounced a new part­ner­ship with Caro­line County Youth Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The boards of direc­tors from both soc­cer or­ga­ni­za­tions have agreed to a part­ner­ship that will ben­e­fit all the soc­cer play­ers in our area,” Lang­ford said in a state­ment. “Both clubs be­lieve that both recre­ational and travel soc­cer pro­grams are es­sen­tial for our goal of de­vel­op­ing ever y player to their high­est po­ten­tial. This part­ner­ship is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose play­ers to the high­est level of com­pet­i­tive play, en­hanced coach­ing and skills devel­op­ment.”

The two or­ga­ni­za­tions be­gan talk­ing about work­ing to­gether over a year ago, with more de­tailed dis­cus­sions oc­cur­ring this spring. Al­though, ini­tially con­ceived as a way to com­bine top play­ers into com­pet­i­tive travel teams, work­ing to­gether will also pro­vide for ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for all play­ers, the ex­pan­sion of TOP Soc­cer for young ath­letes with dis­abil­i­ties, increased coach­ing ed­u­ca­tion, ref­eree cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, com­bined soc­cer camps, fut­sal train­ing, fu­ture tour­na­ments and com­mu­nity growth ini­tia­tives at all lev­els.

The part­ner­ship will al­low the clubs to com­bine re­sources and pro­vide fam­i­lies with the best soc­cer ex­pe­ri­ences for their chil­dren, or­ga­niz­ers said.

“The com­ing to­gether of two of the most suc­cess­ful clubs in the area is truly an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our en­tire com­mu­nity at a time when soc­cer is grow­ing lo­cally and na­tion­ally. As al­ways, our clubs are com­mit­ted to long term devel­op­ment, both on and off the field, which will cul­ti­vate a life­long pas­sion for ‘The Beau­ti­ful Game,’” Lang­ford said.

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