HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls hosted more than 75 attendees at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, March 13, for the inaugural Red Bulls Youth Club Summit. The one-day event served as an educational experience for youth club partners to gain more information on current youth topics, share ideas and best practices with other club partners.
The event also provided club members the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers such as Head of Red Bull Global Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff, Sporting Director Ali Curtis, General Manager Marc de Grandpre and Senior Director of Training Programs Dave Jervis.
“The summit provided an excellent platform to share and discuss relevant youth development topics with Red Bulls partner clubs,” Jervis said. “We were impressed by the number of organizations represented and the commitment that these leaders made to attend the workshops. This dedication will ultimately help our partners enhance their programs while developing, educating and inspiring the local youth soccer community.”
The day began with Jervis introducing the RED PRINT
; a pathway and infrastructure guide for clubs to create a holistic youth development model. Curtis then explained the Red Bulls’ player development structure, while Mintzlaff expanded on the organization’s value in youth development and global soccer connections.
The remainder of the event was broken into seminars led by numerous speakers:
Paul Marco (National Soccer Coaches Association) - Developing Club Standards Based on Best Practices
Rick Meana (New Jersey Youth Soccer) - Curriculum Focus for Successful Recreation Player Development
Sam Snow (U.S. Youth Soccer) - Small Sided Games and Age Group Changes
Jim Neilson (SportsCare) - Educating Club Members on Concussion Awareness Protocol
Jason Pratt (Positive Coaching Alliance) - Developing an Effective Club Culture
John Gallucci (MLS Medical Coordinator) - Implementing a Safety and Injury Prevention Program in Your Soccer Club
The event also featured a futbolinho session in the Red Bulls’ player tunnel conducted by Manager of Recruitment and Education, Ricky King. At the end of the inaugural summit, attendees were given Red Bulls corner flags, polo shirts, two tickets to a first team match and various raffle opportunities amongst other small gifts.
Ali Curtis - New York Red Bulls Sporting Director
Marc de Grandpre - New York Red Bulls General Manager
Dave Jervis - Senior Director of Training Programs
Oliver Mintzlaff - Head of Red Bull Global Soccer
Ricky King - Coach Education and Recruitment Manager and U23 Asst. Coach
Sam Snow - US Youth Soccer