New youth club offers an alternative to the status quo
Youth soccer opportunities in Boulder get broader this fall with the debut season of Boulder County Soccer Club, a new organization designed to develop top players while providing greater balance to the youth soccer experience.
“Our goal is to develop kids who will play this game and love this game their entire lives,” says local soccer stalwart Peter Ambrose, who will direct the new club.
Mr. Ambrose is the co-founder of Boulder Indoor Soccer (BIS) and has played and coached high level soccer his entire life, winning two national championship titles as coach of the Colorado Rapids U-23 PDL/USL team, and a national championship title during his seven-year tenure as coach of the CU men’s soccer team. He brings an insider’s eye to youth soccer. He lead his high school team to a state championship and was named an All American at Randolph-Macon College.
“Anyone involved in organized youth athletics knows – or should know – that kids can have a very strong soccer experience while at the same time maintaining a sane schedule and pursuing other interests,” he says. “All the evidence shows that this approach creates healthier, happier, stronger athletes – and ultimately healthier, happier, stronger adults.”
Highly regarded for its technical training, BIS has become known for combining nitty-gritty soccer development with a fun approach, organizing soccer for kids as young as 18 months through adults.
When it opened in Boulder in 2003, BIS met an urgent local need for indoor play opportunities, and today the facility’s fields here and in Longmont are booked from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, year round.
Now Mr. Ambrose says he is ready to meet another urgent local need – this time for a youth soccer club that offers excellent training but shirks the elite-status trappings of the current soccer scene. Instead, the new club will pair extensive soccer development and professional coaching with reasonable costs and schedules.
Boulder County Soccer Club players will train in BIS’s new, state-of-the-art indoor facility opening this fall on Pearl Street, as well as outdoor training fields in Boulder. The club includes players ages 5 – 18, who are trained by an accountable, paid coaching staff (no volunteers).
The new club is sanctioned by Colorado Soccer Association (formerly Colorado Youth Soccer) and U9 – U18 teams will play fall and spring recreational soccer in the North Area Division.
“Especially for younger players, the intensity and emotional grind of hyper-competitive sports works against the bigger and better goals – to create great players and instill a lifelong love of the game,” Mr. Ambrose says. “The alternative we’re offering is all about getting kids to that sweet spot.”
Registration for Boulder County Soccer Club opened June 15 and goes through August 11 for the fall season.