BENEFITING: MANHATTAN KICKERS FC INC
EVENT DATE: Apr 11, 2013
Manhattan Kickers Football Club (MKFC) is youth soccer school in New York City serving players ages 4 to 12. We believe in the development of individual skill, and strive to instill a passion and respect for the game in our players along with the right attitude to succeed. We value these characteristics over wins and losses, as they are ultimately what form the foundation for the highest level of soccer player and citizen.
This April our team will have the opportunity to travel to Barcelona to practice with local Catalan youth teams, possibly including FC Barcelona's Youth Academy, in addition to playing in a tournament while there. This trip will be incredibly enriching for the team because the boys will receive world class playing experiences and coaching, as well as gain exposure to Barcelona's soccer culture and the culture of the city itself. For some team members, this will be their first trip outside the United States and life lessons will be learned. The team will interact and share the field with players and highly trained coaches from Europe and other parts of the world. The skills learned will increase the team's ability to perform at a much higher level of competition.
This trip supports MKFC's curriculum which is modeled after professional European and South American Academies who focus intensely on developing the technical ability of young players. It is at these ages where the fundamentals are learned that will enable a player to have future success. MKFC’s special focus on these early ages is unique because in the United States those crucial ages are largely neglected or left to inexperienced parent-coaches or recreational teams. Our club’s focus on exclusively those ages has allowed us to create a specialized program catered to the needs of players at that stage of development.
Fundamentally, the coaches in the club are not trying to producing winning teams; we are trying to produce winning players. Instead of the often typical ‘scoreboard mentality’ in youth sports, we take the ‘mastery approach.’ Thus the club is not out to win trophies but to make sure we improve the level of each player in our club and teach the boys how to take pride and enjoyment out of working hard to learn a craft.
In our ten year history, our players have reached the highest levels of youth soccer – places in professional European academies, the United States National Program, as well as earning college scholarships and spots on top youth clubs in the area.
The trip is being organized by our coach Hector, a native Catalan and former Barcelona Youth Futsal Academy coach. His guidance during this trip, as well as that of head coach, Evan Rosenthal, will no doubt create many terrific experiences for the the players.
The team is seeking to raise money collectively to reduce the individual price of each boy's travel and accommodation expenses. Manhattan Kickers Football Club would be grateful for any donation you are able to make, and promise that this trip will positively change life of the player or players to whom you are connected.
To learn more about our club, visit the team's website at www.manhattankickerfc.com.
You can also check out this article discussing youth sports and our club, written by Jonathan Mahler, team parent and sports columnist:
Lastly, for an even further look into the club's history and philosophy, read Top Drawer Soccer.com's article at:
Thank you for your support!!