Encinitas, CA – Encinitas Express Soccer is excited and proud to share that they have been chosen by US Club Soccer as a Players First Club. This designation reflects and reinforces Express’s commitment to the community and its players, coaches and families. The program is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement and Education, and Player Health
Andy Hargreaves, Director of Older Teams at Express, who led the application effort, feels that participating in the program is a way of showing families how much the Club values them. “We would like parents to know that we value their commitment and loyalty to our club and their child’s experience. We feel this program offers them the values to stay
connected with what soccer is providing their kids, while helping them stay safe and educated on the important aspects of the soccer experience.” Express’s VP of Competitive, Brad Silcox, adds “We are proud that Encinitas Express was recognized as the first club in San Diego to have official licensing as a Players First organization. It is a statement to our players, families, coaches and community that our core values are based on a holistic and complete approach to the development of the player.”
To receive this designation, Express passed a rigorous evaluation process and is the first club in San Diego County to receive this honor. Below is the announcement from US Club Soccer with more details. You can also find information on the Encinitas Express website
Dear Encinitas Express families and community, With great pride, I’d like to inform you that Encinitas Express has been recognized as a Players
First-licensed club. After a rigorous application process, your club has proven to provide an exceptional, player-centered environment and upholds the high standards of this license.
Being a member of a Players First club signifies that you are a part of a club that is providing support in five key areas: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. It also means that your club creates a positive, holistic experience for every child participating in the club.
On the club website, you will now find the Philosophical Commitments of a Players First club:
• Players FirstTM represents a club’s commitment to placing the long-term interests of each individual player at the heart of every decision in structuring, operating, and managing a club.
• Players FirstTM represents a club’s commitment to providing a holistic approach in player development for all of your players, recognizing that the soccer experience must include lessons and opportunity both on the field and off.
• Players FirstTM represents a club’s commitment as professionals in youth development to expect ongoing learning, education and development from all staff members in order to ensure that players have the benefit of best-in-class information and resources in teaching and training young athletes.
• Players FirstTM represents a club’s commitment to engage with and educate parents to help them understand and embrace the appropriate expectations and roles for them in their child’s overall soccer and athletic development experience. The ultimate goal of Players First licensing is to create and maintain this culture in youth soccer and your club is now officially one of the national exemplary leaders.
We thank you for being a part of this culture and movement in youth soccer. The most important individuals involved in Players First clubs are the parents and families, and we deeply appreciate your support.