Regional Development School players
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 30, 2014-The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) with 1,500 travel teams in Suffolk, Nassau and Queens, has announced a one-year extension of its current player development partnership with the New York Red Bulls, which provides LIJSL players exclusive access to Red Bulls training programs.
“We are extremely excited to continue our relationship with the Red Bulls,” said LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia. “Through our joint efforts on the Regional Development School and the successful summer skills camps program, we are able to provide appropriate training and positive soccer experiences for players of every ability level. The knowledge and professionalism of the Red Bulls staff is second to none, and we are proud to provide our LIJSL players access to their training programs.”
“The New York Red Bulls are very excited to announce our continuing partnership with LIJSL, an organization devoted to the development and growth of soccer on Long Island,” said New York Red Bulls Head of Commercial Operations Marc de Grandpre. “As the area’s soccer club which is dedicated to working with our local communities, we are proud to continue our relationship with the LIJSL, a group that excels in building children’s character through soccer. We are thrilled to continue our mutually-beneficial relationship.”
The Red Bulls Regional Development School is an elite training program for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 years old. The program, accessible by tryout only, offers the most talented players to progress onto Red Bulls Academy teams. For those LIJSL players who qualify, the cost of training is paid in full by the LIJSL.
The Red Bulls will also continue as the exclusive summer camp provider for the LIJSL, running league-wide events at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview and smaller camps across Long Island hosted by some of the LIJSL’s 97 community-based soccer clubs.
Participants at the Regional Development School and camp programs will also receive a discounted ticket to attend a match at Red Bull Arena, a Red Bulls ball, t-shirt and certificate signed by the entire Red Bulls team, online training curriculum access, access to special events, first team player appearances and drop-in visits by the Red Bulls street team.
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.