HARRISON (May 1, 2015) - The New York Red Bulls and Ironbound Soccer Club are proud to announce a local partnership between the two clubs. The partnership will help foster the development of Ironbounds’ youth players of all ages by providing hands-on instruction from certified Red Bulls youth coaches.
“We’re excited about this partnership,” said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager of the New York Red Bulls. “We think this collaboration will benefit not only both organizations, but also the greater Harrison/Newark community. Ironbound SC and the New York Red Bulls share similar values and we embrace this opportunity to have an impact on young soccer players from our community both on and off the field.”
The partnership will also feature a five day summer outreach camp along with coach education workshops. The partnership also establishes a player pathway initiative that provides training to travel team players, supplemental advanced training for select players, and expanded opportunities for older, high level players.
"Ironbound Soccer Club has a long history of producing top level players who have gone on to play at the highest level possible, whether at the professional or college level," Ironbound SC said in a statement. "We are proud to partner with the Red Bulls to provide more opportunities for our players to further develop as players and exposure to the USSF Academy program, via the Red Bulls Academy program. It’s a perfect match for two organizations who are located within a goalkeeper’s punt from each other."
About the New York Red Bulls Player Development System
The New York Red Bulls maintain one of the premier youth development programs in the United States, committed to identifying and developing talent in the tri-state area. The Red Bulls Player Development System is a multi-layered program that provides professional support at all levels of the game. Each level of the player development pyramid has been structured to provide the best development opportunities to players, coaches and youth soccer organizations. Within the local community, programs are offered for players of all ages and abilities. For players with outstanding ability, there is an opportunity to progress from the grassroots Training Programs to the Regional Development School, then on to the Academy Teams and, ultimately, to the Red Bulls professional team. Red Bulls Academy teams are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. Red Bulls players make regular appearances in U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams and NCAA Division I programs. For more information about Red Bulls Academy and training programs, visit www.redbullsacademy.com/.
Ironbound Soccer Club
The mission of the ISC is to develop great people and enhance the communities in which we operate through soccer. The vision of ISC is to prepare our young players to play soccer both technically and tactically, in a safe and constructive environment while participating at the highest level of national and international youth competition.
Ironbound SC also prepares players to be successful scholar-athletes in high school and college through education on healthy lifestyle choices as well as the college recruiting process. ISC is recognized as a community leader for player participation in club sponsored outreach programs; activities for helping at-risk youth; and as the sponsor of a nationally respected, annual soccer tournament, the Ironbound SC Spring Warm Up.