By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 6, 2013-What’s new in Newburgh? The indoor arena at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, sure to become Orange County’s premier indoor sports destination, has been renovated and turf has been placed over the 67 yard x 39 yard field. The renovated facility will be used for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, baseball and softball. Newburgh Armory welcomes clubs from the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) to ask about availability as the arena will start to be used by Easter with the grand opening scheduled for Saturday, April 27.
The turf was paid for by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation last year.
"We are delighted to be opening this premier indoor facility for youth soccer in the mid-Hudson region," commented Newburgh Armory Unity Center Executive Director Deidre Glenn. "Our goal is to enhance and develop our community by serving a broader community throughout the mid-Hudson region for the benefit of all of our players and teams."
In addition to the renovated indoor arena, three full-sized outdoor fields are part of the Newburgh Armory. ENYYSA has used the armory for Olympic Development Program and coaching education meetings plus the fields are also utilized by the CONA (City of Newburgh Armory) club in the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League (HVYSL). CONA will be hosting a free training program on Saturday, April 13 for kids ages 4-9 at the indoor arena.
"I am delighted with this centrally-located space here in the Hudson Valley," commented HVYSL President Elaine Cannella. "It’s been very rewarding working with all the volunteers who have brought this project to completion. Soccer players, coaches, trainers and parents will simply love it. I know I do as it’s a beautiful space."
The Newburgh Armory is located near 9W, I-84 and I-87 in Newburgh. It’s a unique organization founded by many not-for-profits that have youth in the heart of their mission and was formed to benefit the citizens of the City of Newburgh by providing recreational opportunities to disadvantaged youth, and to organize, host and promote events in the city at the Newburgh Armory facility. New York State sold the Armory facility to the city for $1 in July 2010, pursuant to a letter patent, with one of the permitted uses being that the facility be used to create recreational opportunities for the residents of the city. For more information, please contact the Newburgh Armory at 845-245-4035 x11.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.