When Navarre United Futbol Club was relaunched a year ago, it had just 60 players.
More than a year later, the number has doubled. In fact, there are 30 more players playing soccer for Navarre United now than there were in the fall.
Director of coaching Dan Baccarini is thrilled.
“Where we are from a year ago is just unbelievable,” Baccarini said.
Baccarini credits that success to the dedication of all who are involved in the club.
“It is really due to our players, coaches and families,” Baccarini said. “We have some great families at our club that understand that it may take time to develop into an elite team and program but with patience they will see the results and they are already starting to see those results.” The focus now is to help the club grow even more and Baccarini is confident that will happen.
The club’s partner from the Netherlands recently came to Navarre to train the coaches and conduct a couple of sessions for some of the players. Coach Mark Huis in’t Veld, the head of Total Soccer Method, ran the training sessions. He has conducted training sessions all over the world and has coached at the professional level.
Navarre United also provides training twice a week, foot skill training once a week and speed and agility training once a week. Goalkeeper training is offered for anyone interested in it.
“Our No. 1 goal is to develop quality soccer players,” Baccarini said. “With all of the development opportunities that we are putting into our program, we know that with the effort any player with the desire to improve will have the tools necessary to succeed at Navarre United, which is right in our own backyard.”
Navarre United is the only soccer club in the area that provides weekly speed training, technical (footskill) training and goalie training in addition to team training.
All coaches with Navarre United are experienced and licensed and expenses are kept down because there is no overnight travel involved for tournaments. All tournaments take place in the area.
For more information on Navarre United, or to sign up for the supplemental player evaluations, be sure to check out NavarreUnited.org.
Navarre United Futbol Club