Executive Director Update
Date Posted: 10/3/2017
I hope you have all had a great summer and are settling back into a brand new school routine. We have had a busy summer at Gaston United Soccer Club and are excited about the Fall 2017 season.
We concluded the Spring 2017 season in great fashion with many teams making the finals of their tournaments. We trust you are following Gaston United on social media and on our web site. This is where we celebrate our accomplishments and track our development.
Here are some updates we’re excited to share:
- We started our Fall Recreation season Friday, September 8th at George Poston Park. All of our Recreation teams are sponsored by HomeAway.
- Thirteen Gaston United soccer players participated with North Carolina Olympic Development Program Regional Camp in Alabama. This is a wonderful accomplishment. Learn more about ODP.
- Our coaches understand how important it is that we continue to improve at our craft. This summer, many of our coaches attended United States Soccer Federation and United Soccer Coaches coaching courses, where they learned about player development philosophy, and how to work with parents, players and staff to run a cohesive program.
- In early August, we held our DICKS Sporting Goods Shop Day at the store in Gastonia off Cox Road. We had a fantastic response from families who took advantage of the great in-store savings. DICKS Sporting Goods is one of our sponsors; they provide equipment, support and many other benefits to Gaston United so we appreciate that you continue to support them.
- Gaston United introduced Micro Soccer this fall to create a solid foundation for the development of the youth soccer player beginning with the three and four year olds. Micro Soccer focuses on three aspects of youth soccer: the parent, coach and player. Coach Robert Daniel trains each group on Tuesdays & Thursdays come out to see coach in action!
- Gaston United launched our first ever Fall Classic tournament, with many of our teams making the finals and 2 teams taking home the Champions trophy.
- As some of you may know, Adrian Miranda has been brought on as our Latin America liaison. This is an exciting role because as the club grows, it is important that we reach and include everyone to diversify our player pool. Soccer is the world’s game, and we strive to make Gaston United home for every soccer player with a passion for the sport.
- Longtime Gaston United coach, John Kelly, has been named Director of Player Development, a position that is poised to assist each player to reach their potential. This role is also important for parents, as Coach Kelly will assist in the college recruiting program and help to find options for players who wish to play beyond high school.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts in October: It’s that time of year where breast cancer awareness and fundraising efforts are top of mind. Be on the look-out for emails and social media posts about efforts that Gaston United supports. One Gaston United mom, Heather Keets, is a breast cancer survivor whose #FaithNotFear efforts have raised upwards of $20,000. Feel free to support Heather’s efforts, click here for more information.
- Sponsorships, Grants, Donations: we continue to knock on doors for sponsorships, grants and donations. Every penny that comes in goes toward the maintenance of our club as well as our biggest emphasis: Scholarships!
We look forward to an exciting Fall season, one filled with development, growth, unity and sustained friendships.