Editor’s Note: Every quarter, US Club Soccer announces the most recent class of Players First-licensed clubs. In the weeks to follow, the newest clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors.
Question: Why did St. James FC Virginia SC apply for Players First licensing?
Bobby Puppione, Academy Director of St. James FC Virginia: TSJ FC Virginia is proud to be a Players First-Licensed Club. This seal of approval from US Club Soccer highlights our club's daily efforts to put the best interests of the player first in our decision making.
Question: What does it mean for St. James FC Virginia to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Puppione: There are less than 100 clubs nationwide with Players First-licensing, and we are proud to be one of the few clubs recognized for our long term commitment to the development and education of the players, coaches, and parents involved with TSJ FC Virginia.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Puppione: Players First licensing recognizes our club's commitment to further educating our players, coaches, and parents so they can have a great soccer experience at TSJ FC Virginia.
Question: What would you like the parents of St. James FC Virginia to know about what this means to them?
Puppione: With this special recognition, TSJ FC Virginia will continue to work daily to provide a holistic approach in developing all of our players.
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