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Leesburg, VA., (03/29/21) – After announcing the extension of the Alliance Partnership Program in early February, the Washington Spirit are proud to announce that 14 new programs have joined the Alliance.
The Partnership Program will generate more opportunities at the club and youth player level by connecting local youth programs with the professional coaches and players at the Washington Spirit. Through this program, partner members are able to interact with the players and coaches of the Spirit by attending question and answer sessions and coaching series with our technical staff, and many other exclusive opportunities and events.
In addition to youth clubs, the program has expanded to serve local college programs as well. In February, the club was proud to have 25 clubs, two associations, one league, and six colleges signed on for the second year. Since then, the club has added nine clubs, one league, and four colleges, with more expected to be signed.
LMVSC Spirit Liason Chris Maletz had this to say about joining the Alliance: “The Washington Spirit have been great partners for LMVSC. The Spirit have provided LMVSC families discounted game tickets to great games at the Plex and Audi Field. Our players have been team escorts, ball girls, and played on the field during halftime of the Spirit games. We have met several Spirit players, received autographs, and won jerseys in contests. We look forward to another great season.”
“Loudoun Soccer is fully invested in the future of women in soccer,” said Colin Smith of Loudoun Soccer. “We strive to stoke girls’ passion for the game and accelerate women’s presence in the sport. As part of our commitment, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Spirit—to show our players what’s possible.”
St. James FC Virginia Director of Soccer Douglas Homer had this to say about joining the program: “The St. James FC Virginia is delighted to partner with the Washington Spirit to support the long-term development of female soccer players in northern Virginia,” said Douglas Homer, Director of Soccer at St. James FC Virginia. “We believe in purposeful, holistic training for children and look forward to working with our colleagues in the Spirit organization to help each player achieve their goals and reach their full potential, on and off the field.”
Gallaudet University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dr. Liza Offreda had this to say about the program: “The Gallaudet University Women’s Soccer program is looking forward to the partnership with Washington Spirit to not only grow the women’s game but to raise awareness for the Deaf community.”