Editor’s Note: US Club Soccer will announce the most recent class of Players First- licensed clubs, on a quarterly basis. In the weeks to follow, those new clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors.
Question: Why did Southern Soccer Academy apply for Players First licensing?
Simon Davey, Director of Coaching of Southern Soccer Academy: As a club, we are committed to the long term holistic development of all our young athletes. We are proud of the player and coach outcomes and to be recognized for this great work by US Club Soccer is an honor.
Question: What does it mean for Southern Soccer Academy to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Davey: To be honored as a Players First-licensed club soon after its inception is a proud moment. It reinforces to all that as a club we are moving in the right direction and creating an environment where all concerned can thrive.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Davey: The thorough application process and criteria that needed to be reached in order to be awarded the license was very detailed. It served as a reminder of the good work that we are doing as an organization.
Question: What would you like the parents of Southern Soccer Academy to know about what this means to them?
Davey: Southern Soccer Academy's organization has more than 8,000 players. Being awarded the Players First license shows the Southern Soccer Academy's full membership that we are a forward-thinking club and a leader in our field. It shows we are comprised of a professional staff that tries not to stand still and are always looking to improve as an organization.
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Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
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