Ocean City FC Youth Academy set to launch for the 2011/12 season
Eurpopean Style Academy To Further Develop Local Talent

Ocean City FC (OCFC) today announced the launch of the ‘Ocean City FC Youth Academy’ for the 2011/12 season. The Youth Academy has been designed to enhance player development and provide a national stage to showcase youth players throughout southern New Jersey.

“I am delighted to announce the launch of ‘The Ocean City FC Youth Academy’, said OCFC General Manager Neil Holloway. “The Nor’easter Academy will be comprised of two Super Y-League memberships/clubs. One based in the Glassboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey to service youth players in the south west area of New Jersey. The second club will be our already established Ocean City program based in Ocean City, Cape May County, New Jersey to service the youth players in the south east area of New Jersey”.

The 2012 Super Y-League launch of the Glassboro Elite Nor’easters in southwestern New Jersey shows the growth and structure that Ocean City FC is continuing to build. In turn, this will add another competitive club and well-rounded organization to the Super Y-League Mid Atlantic Division”, announced Brian D’Amico, Senior Director of Youth League Development for the United Soccer Leagues.

Since the re-branding of the Ocean City senior franchise in 2010, which saw the launch of the Nor’easter name for the men’s Premier Development League team, the club has focused its youth development program on creating partnerships and providing professional coaching expertise to already established local township soccer organizations, and enhancing player development opportunities through it’s Super Y-League and summer teams.

The current 2011 OCFC Super Y-League and summer teams are made up of players from local township clubs such as; Mainland United, Upper Township, Ocean City, Cape Express, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic United, and Hamilton Township. Through a partnership with AC Premier, the only truly girl’s soccer program in southern New Jersey, OCFC is fielding numerous girl’s team in the Super Y-League. “We are very proud of the relationships and partnerships we have established in the Cape May and Atlantic counties”, commented Holloway, “Through working with these clubs we have been able to establish a successful development model that sees us not compete with these clubs in the fall and spring, but enhance them through our professional coaching services and provide the players a place to play on our Super Y-League and summer teams. We will continue with this model for the Ocean City Nor’easter in the 2012 season”.

The launch of the Glassboro Elite Nor’easters has evolved through the existing relationship with the already established Glassboro Elite program that sees the OCFC professional coaches provide training services for a number of Glassboro Elite teams, and the u15 and u17 boys competing in the Super Y-League this summer.

“Over the years we have worked closely with the Ocean City organization and their coaches”, remarked Duane Teel, Glassboro Elite President. “They have provided us quality training and also an immense knowledge of what it takes to bring a player up to the next level. We see our partnership with them in the Super Y-League as positive step for our club and for those players whose goal is to play soccer in college”.

The Glassboro Elite Nor’easters will be located in the heart of Gloucester County, next to Rowan University. Glassboro is the largest city in Gloucester County perfectly located to service youth players from all over the south west region of New Jersey. The recent Rowan development has seen a revitalization of the Glassboro area and the infrastructure (Route 322 route 55) allows easy access for players from Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Burlington Counties. “Players throughout these counties will now be given the opportunity to play in the Super Y-League program which has some of the top competition in the country. Our players will be playing against top teams and clubs from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey”, added Teel, “It also means players will no longer have to travel to Central Jersey and beyond to find top flight competition in the Super Y-League. We believe our program will also be at a more competitive cost than you can find in Central or North Jersey”.

The Glassboro Elite Nor’easters will be looking to strengthen existing relationships with other local townships clubs and create new relationships using the same player development model Ocean City has used in the shore counties.

Both the Ocean City and Glassboro Elite Nor’easters will field year round teams at high school ages u15 – u18. “Most of the local townships clubs do not field teams at the high school ages and we feel this is the right age to take the players on full time and provide them with the structure to fulfill their goals of playing varsity in high school and ultimately play in college” Holloway added.

At the younger age groups, u10 – u14, the Glassboro Elite Nor’easters will look to build upon their current Elite summer program and form relationships similar to the Ocean City model that has seen OCFC currently field u10 – u14 teams.

Ocean City Nor’easters
Location: Ocean City, NJ
Servicing players from: Cape May and Atlantic counties
Ages u10, u11 girl’s and boys: Summer play May – July, training and tournament games
Ages u12, u13, u14 girls and boys: Summer play May – August, training and Super Y-League
Ages u15, u16, u17, u18 girls and boys: Year round play November – August, training, showcase tournaments, JAGS or MAPS league play, NJYS and USCS State Cup, Super Y-League
Tryout Information
Age’s u10, u11, u12, u13, u14 girls and boys: Tryouts will be held during the fall of 2011
Age’s u15, u16, u17, u18: Specific information for each age group can be found Here

Glassboro Elite Nor’easters
Location:
Glassboro, NJ
Servicing players from: Gloucester, Camden, Cumberland, Burlington and Salem counties
Ages u10, u11 girls and boys: Summer play May – July, training and tournament games
Ages u12, u13, u14 girls and boys: Summer play May – August, training and Super Y-League
Ages u15, u16, u17, u18 girls and boys: Year round play November – August, training, showcase tournaments, JAGS or MAPS league play, NJYS and USCS State Cup, Super Y-League
Tryout Information
Age’s u10, u11, u12, u13, u14 girls and boys:
Tryouts will be held during the fall of 2011
Age’s u15, u16, u17, u18: Specific information for each age group can be found at: www.gboroelite.com

Club relationship information: If your local township team/club would like information on how the Nor’easter Academy can enhance your team/clubs player development and opportunities please contact Neil Holloway at 609-525-9999 or nholloway@oceancityfc.com or Duane Teel at 609-634-4482 or gboroelite@comcast.net