Navarre United Futbol Club is gearing up for its tryouts at the end of May.
The local select soccer club will hold tryouts May 30-June 1 at the NYSA Soccer Complex for its fall season. The U9-U12 teams will have their tryouts from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. and the U13 and above teams will hold tryouts from 7:30 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. There is no cost for the tryouts.
More information on the tryouts and fees for the season can be found on the Navarre United website at navarreunited.org.
Players that do compete for Navarre United this season will not only attend practices each week, but they will have opportunities to hone their soccer skills through specific workouts on a weekly basis.
Navarre United Director of Coaching Dan Baccarini said there will be speed and agility training, technical and footwork training and goalkeeper training. There is no extra cost for the training.
It all ties into the club’s goal of offering the most value to its players. That includes limiting overnight travel while still playing a competitive schedule.
“Our goal is to be the lowest-cost option at the best possible value,” Baccarini said.
On that same theme, scholarships are offered as well to players based on financial need.
“We don’t want 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 he has helped the once struggling program to get back on its feet is to form a partnership with VVV-Venlo, one of the oldest pro clubs in the Netherlands.
Venlo is well-known for its soccer academy and 10 of the players who have gone through the academy are now playing for Venlo.
Navarre United is the first club in the country to partner with Venlo. The partnership means Navarre United will be provided with a curriculum that 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.”
Baccarini wants to see players of all skill levels to 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.”
Baccarini is invested in making that happen because of his connection to the community.
“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.”