"The New York Red Bulls Player Development Philosophy is exactly what we want for our players. To 'create a fun and challenging environment where players have the opportunity to learn.' We share the same approach as the Red Bulls Training Programs and are thrilled to have them as our Partners. The quality training, inspirational approach, and access to Red Bull events and the first team all inspire our players to love the game and want to improve. Building a love of the game of soccer is key to developing as a player and the Red Bulls do a fantastic job of helping us develop a soccer culture within our players and Club."
– Jesse Tracey, Chatham United President
Chatham United Soccer
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Mission Statement/Program Philosophy:
The mission of Chatham United Soccer Association is to provide our club members with a focused opportunity to develop their soccer skills through the creation of a balanced mix of practice and game situations. The Club believes that a successful player develops both individual skills as well as team skills. Consequently, our program incorporates the development of the concepts of good sportsmanship, self-control, leadership, teamwork and team spirit.
Chatham United has a long history of serving the community of Chatham in soccer. Initially we began as a club offering only Travel Soccer. Over the past decade we have become a full-service Club offering Recreation, Pre-Travel Academy for 7U and 8U, our Travel Program and TOPSoccer (for special needs). Now we can truly provide the beautiful game to all youth players in Chatham.
Our program has over 1,100 members across Recreation, our 8U Technical Development Program (Academy), Travel and TOPSoccer.
Years affiliated with the New York Red Bulls:
Describe Your Partnership with the New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls trainers are heavily involved with many of our Travel teams. We believe strongly in the player development philosophy of the New York Red Bulls. We especially like to pair our youngest Travel teams with the New York Red Bulls trainers so the players and teams are exposed to the best practices in player development that the Red Bulls offers.
We have benefited greatly from our partnership. The New York Red Bulls truly embody their mission statement “to offer unparalleled support and education to the youth soccer community.” Our coaches and board learn from participating in events such as the Red Bulls Annual Youth Soccer Summit. Our players learn from having access to a great curriculum from the trainers themselves and online through the “Red Print.” Through our partnership, we know our players are getting the best practices in coaching and training, especially in the critical early years.
Do You Hold Any Annual Events or Trips?
Every year we hold club-wide outings to Red Bulls games which typically involve our players participating in Red Bulls experiences such as playing in games during halftime, observing warmups on the field pre-game or serving as ball kids during the game. We also offer special trips to see the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams when they are in the area.
Are There Any Important Causes to Your Club?
Last season we started our TOPSoccer program for children with special needs and the program is growing in awareness. This program just concluded it’s second year and we have so many who want to volunteer to help that we have more volunteer youth buddies than players in our program. Each TOPSoccer participant has at least one buddy helping them during each of their sessions and games.
Program Success Stories:
The 13U Girls Breakers have made the finals of the NJYS State Cup (President’s Cup). We have success in the Commissioners Cup in years past but this is the furthest one of our teams has gone in the recent past in a higher level competition.
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