ALBION SC Announces New Expansion Youth Soccer Club in Boise, Idaho
The youth soccer landscape is constantly innovating with elite development opportunities outlined by those with experience and success in the industry. ALBION SC San Diego has been on the soccer scene for decades, providing the region’s top youth soccer talent with a pathway to the highest level. Moving forward, ALBION SC will share its development insights and knowledge of the youth soccer industry with its latest affiliate program in Boise, Idaho.
YOUTH SOCCER NEWS: ALBION SC has announced ALBION SC IDAHO, formerly Urban Soccer Club, as a member of its National Affiliate program. The club was established in Boise, Idaho, last year in 2020.
The new relationship will expand ALBION SC’s network throughout the Northwestern region of the country. With the partnership, ALBION SC aims to develop talent and the game of soccer in Boise, Idaho.
The partnership connects the Boise market and provides a platform for immediate national recognition. The club will also receive major operational, strategic advantages and support. In addition, the partnership connects ALBION SC Idaho with others in the network and will bring the club into its national recruitment and scouting system.
“I’m very excited about bringing ALBION SC to Idaho,” said Derek Wimpee, ALBION SC Idaho Executive Director. “This will not only provide local opportunities for our athletes but nationally as well. With the ALBION National Elite Select Program, Boys MLS Next and so many more avenues for our players to grow and explore. Becoming part of the ALBION SC Family has been an amazing experience so far, and I know our relationship will only get stronger the more we work together. We all are excited in becoming ALBION SC Idaho and everything that comes with it.”
ALBION SC San Diego continues to expand by offering structure and the road map to build a model club. The new expansion club will take the success of its existing program and utilize the resources to reach new levels and opportunities for players, teams and staff.
“Derek, Adam, and George share a deep passion and desire to elevate youth soccer in Idaho,” said Mark Santistevan, COO ALBION SC. “Each pouring their individual talent, wisdom and commitment into the soccer community, is not only inspiring to us, but a clear differentiator. We are excited to dovetail our framework of success with the passion and talent in Idaho, creating opportunities for players, families and coaches.”
“There are decades of success and equity built into ALBION SC and for us to share that with other programs and allow other programs to gain from this is a reward not only to the clubs receiving, but to our own club as a testament of the hard work paying off in doing the right things year after year,” said Noah Gins, ALBION SC CEO. “Derek [Wimpee]and Urban Soccer Club is a natural fit based on the mindset, the growth opportunities, and the structure and resources they have to offer already. ”
“The goals and ambitions of ALBION SC match well with our vision as a club,” said George Hunt, ALBION SC Idaho Technical Director. “ALBION SC has an amazing membership and leadership team that we are very much looking forward to working closely with. ALBION SC Idaho will allow our players the opportunity to compete at the highest level possible in the region and grow the recognition of the club on a national level.”
ALBION SC Idaho will provide programming in the Boise region, with teams competing in the US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer models. Moving forward, ALBION SC Idaho will send player pools into the National Elite Platform within ALBION SC. Throughout the year, players will compete in MLS NEXT, Elite Academy (EA) League, Girls Academy (GA) League and Development Player League (DPL).
“This is a groundbreaking partnership with ALBION SC,” said Ryan Finney, Albion SC Idaho Operations Director. “ALBION SC Idaho will benefit the children and families of Idaho for years to come , by providing a clear pathway to success in soccer and in life. I am excited to start this journey and help as many players and families with their soccer journey. This will be the new standard.”
Additionally, teams will gain opportunities to compete in the ALBION CUP National Showcase and other ALBION SC Affiliate Showcases. Teams will also be a part of the ALBION SC NATIONAL Elite Showcase Teams comprised of top players from all ALBION SC Affiliate clubs.
The expansion club’s teams will compete under the ALBION SC Idaho name effective for the 2021-2022 season.
Over the years, Wimpee has contributed to player development in Idaho. ALBION SC believes this addition will allow him and the staff to innovate, elevate and bring growth to all involved.
“ALBION SC choosing to come to Idaho and more importantly to Boise and the Mountain Home areas will enhance the soccer experience in the area and give these players an opportunity and vision that only our players will get,” said Adam Howell, ALBION SC Idaho- MH Director of Coaching. “ALBION SC’s core principles and outlooks on developing the complete person falls in line with everything we want, leading to a perfect opportunity for the youth in our area.”
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