The Manchester Soccer Club has been long been one of the most popular youth sports programs in the area, with more than 450 kids between the ages of 5-18 participating in the sport. The club has made investments over the past few years to make major upgrades in its program, and this upcoming fall season it will take things to a whole new level.
For starters, the name of the club is changing to Manchester-Essex Youth Soccer (MEYS). This simply reflects the reality of how the program has developed over the past decade, as the Essex community has long represented a significant element of the club.
“It is clear to me that Manchester and Essex are one community in terms of the educational systems and athletic programs” said Greg Blagden, former Manchester Soccer Club President. “We are celebrating this reality, and recognizing the tremendous contributions of the kids, parents, coaches, and our board members from Essex that have helped make our program the success that it is.”
The transition to the new name Manchester-Essex Youth Soccer will take effect in the spring.
M-E Youth soccer has made a huge push over the past few years to upgrade the developmental aspects of its program. Its relationship with Mass Premier Soccer (MPS) continues to expand, which fully integrates one of the country’s best professional soccer coaching organizations into all of its efforts.
Manchester Essex Youth Soccer also brought in some tremendous outside professional resources, including fitness/conditioning experts like Nan Gorton and Kevin Bovell to supplement their technical training with a broader curriculum of fitness and injury prevention that benefits all of the kids, regardless of their soccer abilities.
Lastly, it is bringing back some world renowned soccer professionals like Mustapha Achab (twice voted top professional goalkeeper in Africa), and Brazilian soccer professionals and master skills coaches Fabio Oliveira and Geraldo DeBastos to run a number of clinics throughout the season.