North County Battalion is forming lasting relationships with San Diego youth clubs in an effort to grow the existing foundation of soccer support in our region. San Diego, the 8th most populous city in the United States, was just named the 9th largest market for soccer in the country. The ranking is noteworthy considering the city’s lack of an MLS or professional outdoor team.
California cities, as a whole, had a strong showing in the list of top 30 markets that registered the most soccer support. While the majority of support goes to Liga MX, the Premier League, La Liga and so forth the interest in local professional soccer is primed to thrive in the San Diego region.
In an effort to grow the game at all levels, NC Battalion aims to highlight the various clubs we have partnered with and let you know what they are up to. This week’s highlight comes to you from San Diego Soccer Club.
San Diego Soccer Club (SDSC) is a youth soccer organization compromised of the Penasquitos Youth Soccer Association and FC San Diego. SDSC operates both recreational and competitive leagues based in the North County area of San Diego – specifically the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch. SDSC seeks to be a meaningful contributor to the community. They focus on organizing charity drives and fundraisers that support players, local parks, and recreation departments and local schools.
One of the ways they give back to the community is their TOPSoccer program. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) was created to provide a safe and supportive environment for physically and/or developmentally challenged children and young adults who love soccer. They work with athletes ranging from four to 22 years of age by assigning them a volunteer “buddy” who can help them learn and play soccer. Volunteers have varying levels of experience but, most importantly, they seek to convey their love and respect for the game to the next generation. “All of our challenged athletes want is for the volunteer to be their number one cheerleader. It is that simple.” said Oscar Eusebio, an SDSC coach and the Director of TOPSoccer program with SDSC. This is why NC Battalion, as an organization, chose to partner with SDSC and the TOPSoccer program.
Beginning April 3, NC Battalion players will volunteer for the TOPSoccer program at Penasquitos Creek Park. “In addition to playing the game, I enjoy getting involved with my community. This program allows me to combine two things that I love: Playing soccer and giving back to the local San Diego kids,” said NC Battalion player Brennan Tennelle. The program runs throughout the spring until May as well as in the fall season.
For more information on the SDSC TOPSoccer program, visit their website.