For VVSC 2018 is a Real Kick

Posted on January 01, 2018

Start 2018 with a KICK

Vail Valley Soccer Club formed in 1989 by a group of parents who wanted to bring competitive soccer to Eagle County. By 1994, the four recreational teams grew to 12 teams. In 1995, a competitive division, which provided two seasons (rather than the previous one), was created for athletes seeking advancement and a higher level of competition. Now entering its 22nd season, the Vail Valley Soccer Club has a total of 23 competitive teams and four recreational teams with more than 450 athletes ranging in ages from 8 to 18 years of old.

Now, VVSC has athletes and teams competing at the highest level in the state. Currently, the U12 Boys Navy and U13 Boys Navy are in first place in Premier 1.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for our players, teams and club,” says Kerri Thelen, executive director.
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According to US Soccer, as of 2014 there were 3,055,148 kids playing soccer. But soccer is only part of the play with VVSC. Thelen shares that VVSC develops and encourages integrity, character and leadership, honoring five core values - respect, humility, passion, character and unity - in the programming.

“The Vail Valley Soccer Club takes pride in providing an environment that is fun, safe, affordable and competitive, while being inspiring and engaging for our youth,” Thelen adds.

The mission of Vail Valley Soccer Club is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of Eagle County's competitive soccer players.

Currently, VVSC has 23 teams competing in both the Denver Advance League and the Mountain Region League of the Colorado Soccer Association.

“We are proud to have a competitive sports program that is inclusive of all our community members regardless of race, economical status or gender. One of VVSC’s goals is to create an athletic environment that honors and represents our community both on and off the field. Our intention is to offer an affordable competitive athletic option for local youth. Many athletes are priced out of skiing, hockey and lacrosse in this valley and VVSC believes it is critical for all youth to find a sport that appeals to them within the community. Soccer has a universal language that encourages friendships, sportsmanship and leadership world wide. VVSC is proud to be part of a global community that bridges relationships, opportunity and growth for the our youth. The club is committed to enriching the lives of our citizens and youth of Avon through soccer.” 

In addition, VVSC purchased goals for the Avon Elementary School field, soccer nets for Eagle County Charter School, wrote field grants for the Edwards Elementary and Stratton Flats soccer fields, the estimated value of all these contributions is over $20,000. It was a joy and pleasure to see youth, adults and families partake in the enjoyment of these improvements daily, Thelen shares. “It's through this type of partnerships with our community that we believe we can build a better community.” Every year, VVSC scholarships over $35,000 in players' registrations fees and offers two college scholarships at $4,000 per recipient. 

This all goes back to VVSC’s vision, which is to grow and develop competitive soccer players to their highest potential while offering meaningful opportunities to foster character, integrity and elite athleticism, ultimately to create successful players both on and off the field.

To learn more about VVSC, visit www.vailsoccer.com. Like so many nonprofits, VVSC relies on volunteers to help with its programs.



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