One year ago Navarre United Futbol Club was relaunched and it’s been a success. Seven teams are now competing for the local soccer club and Dan Baccarini, the director of coaching, is pleased with how far things have come in that time.
“Where we are from a year ago is just unbelievable,” Baccarini said. “We had no teams in the fall of 2016 and now we have seven and more important is that they are starting to compete in the tournaments and leagues that we are participating in.”
And the teams are competitive and enjoying success. In a tournament in late October in Alabama, Navarre United had teams that made it all the way to the semifinals and one team won the tournament championship.
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.
“Now we are looking for additional players to continue to grow our club and develop our teams,” Baccarini said. “During the winter we conduct supplemental evaluations to either add a couple of top level players that are not playing at another club or have moved into the area recently. We may even have enough players come out that we can make another team or two.”
The evaluations Baccarini is referring to will take place Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 for all players born between 2000 and 2010.
Evaluations for players born between 2006 and 2010 will be from 6:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and evaluations for players born between 2000 and 2005 will take place from 7:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. The evaluations offer any new players a chance to be a part of Navarre United.
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.
Also this winter, Navarre United will offer an optional training that consists of eight sessions so that players can continue to develop over the summer.
Plans have also been finalized for Navarre United’s partner professional club from the Netherlands to have the club’s director of youth development come to Navarre in January to conduct coaching development sessions with the Navarre United coaches and several of their select teams.
Baccarini said the training sessions and the clinics all tie into the goal of Navarre United.
“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.”
For more information on Navarre United, or to sign up for the supplemental player evaluations, be sure to check out NavarreUnited.org.