Deep lines form in front of the registration table at the Navarre Soccer Complex on the first night of tryouts for Navarre United Futbol Club on an evening in late May.
Young soccer players are thrilled about the opportunity in front of them to play for a local club. Once on the field, the tryout sessions are full of energy.
This scene is far different than the spring of 2017, the first under the direction of new director of coaching Dan Baccarini when there were only 40 who played. A total of 80 played last fall, rising to 100 this spring. Participation continues to increase and is projected to be around 130 in the fall.
“I think being here and having some success drives people to come out,” Navarre United Director of Coaching Dan Baccarini said. “I didn’t think it would take off this quickly, but the big thing that has helped is parents are embracing something local and the community is supporting it.”
The club has been on an upswing over the last two years and the value of having a local soccer club cannot be overstated.
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