Navarre United Futbol Club begins practices for its teams this week as the fall season draws closer.
The local select soccer club will have between six to eight teams and the club is looking for additional players at most age groups for the boys and girls teams. Anyone interested in playing for Navarre United can email director of coaching Dan Baccarini at [email protected]
Baccarini said the community has embraced the program.
“Our response in the community has been overwhelmingly good,” Baccarini said. “We now have partnerships with all of the local schools in Navarre.”
In addition to practices each week, the soccer club will also offer speed and agility training opportunities to the players as well as footwork and technical training. The best part is that there is no additional cost for the training sessions.
The free training ties into the club’s goal to provide the most value to its players. There is also no overnight travel involved during the season, which helps minimize the cost to play select soccer.
“Our goal is to be the lowest-cost option at the best possible value,” Baccarini said.
And Navarre United has met that goal. Scholarships are offered to players based on financial need.
“We don’t anyone to not be able to play because they can’t afford to,” Baccarini said.
Navarre United has been moving forward under the direction of Baccarini, who took over the club at the beginning of the year. One way he has helped the program get back on its feet is by forming a partnership with VVV-Venlo, one of the oldest pro clubs in the Netherlands.
Venlo is well-known for its soccer academy and many who have gone through it have gone on to play for Venlo. Navarre is the first club in the country to partner with Venlo and that partnership has resulted in a curriculum the coaches can follow as they help their players develop into top-notch soccer standouts.
“A lot of clubs have affiliations and can use the name of the pro club on their uniform or website, but this is a true partnership,” Baccarini said. “The curriculum they use will be customized for our club, our age groups and our skill levels. The academy understands youth development and to get this partnership is incredible for us.”
Ultimately, Baccarini wants to see players of all skill levels flourish during their time with the club.
“We want to create a growth environment for all levels of players, whether it’s rec, select or elite,” Baccarini said. “We’ve never had a consistent training program before and that’s what we want to have here at Navarre United.”
With strong ties to the community, Baccarini is driven to make that happen.
“I have a vested interest in the community. I live five minutes from the (NYSA) fields and three of my kids played in the club,” Baccarini said. “Having local leadership for the club is the big thing.”