January 28, 2011 > Players and Families Score with UC Premier Soccer
Players and Families Score with UC Premier Soccer
Submitted by Luis Mejia
Photo Courtesy of UC Premier Earthquakes
Following a year that included a name change, re-branding and restructure of the competitive soccer program, UC Premier (formally Alliance FC) enters the 2011-year with high expectations.
UC Premier, the competitive program of the Union City Youth Soccer League (UCYSL), will have 24 high-level soccer teams competing in the 2011 spring season, eight additional teams from the previous year.
UC Premier Competitive Program Director Victor Juarez credits this past year's growth to a volunteer coaching staff and low player fees. "I believe we are one of the last major soccer clubs in Northern California which continues to use a volunteer coaching staff while offering high level player development in a fun and positive environment," stated Juarez.
Mostly all of the volunteer coaches at UC Premier are parents of a child who plays on the team they coach. Most coaches are former semi-pro, college or high-level soccer players themselves who continue to enjoy the "beautiful game" through coaching and share their passion for the sport with their own children.
Without the high payroll of a professional coaching staff, UC Premier is able to maintain the lowest yearly competitive soccer player fees in the surrounding area at approximately $600 per player.
To ensure UC Premier players are receiving the equivalent player development as other clubs do from an employed professional coaching staff, UC Premier provides their volunteer coaches with USSF (United States Soccer Federation), NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and CYSA (California Youth Soccer Association) coach education courses and licensing free of charge.
This past year, UC Premier invested in Kevin Broomfield, former English and US professional soccer player, to serve as a full time Technical Director. Broomfield supports and educates volunteer coaches with player development programs, team training sessions, soccer camps and clinics.
Enrique Blancas is a National "C' licensed professional contracted as the player development program director. Blancas is responsible for youth player and coach development. Blancas' responsibilities include identifying and developing top motivated players and coaches within the U-6 to U-10 age group, provide specialized training with youth coaches and offer exposure to the high level competitive program.
"The UC Premier philosophy is to invest in the education and licensing of our local volunteer coaches in order to empower them with the knowledge, information and licensing to develop high level competitive soccer players who can compete with all the other major soccer clubs," said Juarez.
UC Premier is currently conducting open tryouts for their competitive teams and invites all those interested to visit the UC Premier website at www.ucpremier.org for detailed information or contact Juarez at firstname.lastname@example.org.