Vaqueros Youth Soccer Academy ready for launch with u7, u8, u9 and u10 teams
FORT WORTH _ A core tenant in the Vaqueros philosophy has always been, “growing the Beautiful Game in Fort Worth.”
The Vaqueros are taking an important step in that mantra with the formal establishment of the Fort Worth Vaqueros Youth Soccer Academy.
A registered non-profit entity with the State of Texas (File No. 802697569), the Vaqueros Academy aims to take the unnecessary financial burden away from local families.
Vaqueros Youth Academy Director Mark Snell will focus on developing players first and not on a win-loss record. The Vaqueros Academy will focus on small-sided games to increase the amount of touches each player enjoys during a match. This big picture philosophy allows players the freedom to hone their skills, take chances and thrive without fear of reprisals.
Snell sits primed to launch boys teams in the under-7, under-8, under-9 and under-10 divisions. The club’s long-term vision is to have a team in each competitive youth division for boys and girls to compete at the highest level locally, statewide and nationally.
Snell spent 8 years with the FC Dallas Academy and remains one of the top youth development coaches in the nation.
“Our philosophy is teaching age appropriate tactics through small sided games in a competitive yet fun environment,” Snell said. “Players get better by playing, not from standing in lines.”
The Vaqueros Youth Soccer Academy will train at Vaqueros Field at Sycamore Park once the facility is completed this fall. The City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Vaqueros partnered to refurbish a group of run-down tennis courts into an artificial surface soccer field at 2400 East Vickery Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76104.
The Vaqueros Academy will defray the cost through adult leagues, clinics, field rental, corporate sponsorships and fundraisers throughout Cowtown.
City Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray represents the Sycamore Park area of Fort Worth.
“We are excited to partner with the Vaqueros to bring the youth soccer academy to Fort Worth,” Gray said. “The academy will provide many underprivileged youth an opportunity to learn all aspects of the game in a professional setting without having to leave their community.”
Fort Worth Vaqueros NPSL general manager Tobias Xavier Lopez serves as a board member on the newly formed non-profit.
“Our vision for both the NPSL club and the youth academy has always been responsible, measured growth behind a fiscally sound business model,” Lopez said. “We are thrilled that we have reached the point to where these young soccer players will enjoy top notch training and organization under the Vaqueros banner.”