|HUB Soccer Parents – We are pleased to let you know about a major enhancement to our soccer program for our current and future travel soccer players. We have entered into an affiliation agreement with Match Fit Soccer Academy (MFA) that will provide expanded skill and competitive development opportunities for players and teams. Important information about this affiliation with MFA:
* No Changes to HUB Soccer’s Travel Program – First and most importantly, there is no change to our soccer club and travel program: We will continue to offer a standard travel soccer venue, do tryouts, player evaluation, hire professional trainers, utilize parent coaches and compete in the Morris County Youth Soccer League. This is an affiliation, not a merger or takeover.
* Player Opportunities – The affiliation with MFA will provide those players seeking an academy level venue to try out for an MFA Alliance League (AL) team and continue to play for their HUB Soccer travel team if they make the MFA team. They will also have the opportunity to try out for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) MFA teams at U14 and older.
* Team Opportunities – HUB Soccer teams can also play as an MFA Denville team in the premier level Alliance League provided they meet requirements (TBA). They will wear MFA uniforms that will include the HUB Soccer club patch.
The youth soccer landscape has changed significantly since HUB Soccer started back in 1973. Over the last 10 years, we have seen increasing pressure to keep our travel program viable, attractive and affordable. We are confident that this arrangement will enable us to compete on a level playing field with other soccer clubs and academies, facilitate boys and girls travel teams at all age levels and provide our players the opportunity to stay in Denville.
A significant amount of time was put in before making this decision. MFA came to a board of directors meeting to present their proposal. There were follow up meetings and discussions with MFA officials and HUB Soccer’s President, VP of Travel and Travel Director.
Concurrently with the sending of this group email is an MFA-HUB Soccer press release for the soccer community. We will post it on our web site and facebook page after the official copy is available. Once we begin planning for the upcoming fall season, more details regarding this arrangement will be made available. Until then we wanted to make sure that all of you got the news directly and unfiltered from us.
We thank you for your past and ongoing support. If any of you have questions or comments, feel free to contact either me or Dom Carmagnola, Travel VP or Darren Shetler, Travel Director. Our contact info is at http://www.hubsoccer.org/index.php/board-member-contacts/.
Don Casse, President
HUB Soccer of Denville, Inc.