Club Profile: Chester Upland Youth Soccer
On April 26, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will host a fundraiser at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken, with proceeds benefiting three organizations: Chester Upland Youth Soccer, the JT Dorsey Foundation and the Unity Youth League of Philadelphia. We'll profile all three organizations as we approach the event. First up is Chester Upland Youth Soccer.
About: Since 2012, Chester Upland Youth Soccer has used soccer to mentor youth, promote healthy living habits, engage families within the Chester, Upland and surrounding communities, and provide participants a pathway to reach the highest levels of academic and athletic excellence. More than 1500 participants have come through the program in its six-year existence, with some players going on to travel soccer. Through the success of Chester Upland Youth Soccer, and with help from the Will Trippley Youth Development Foundation, the Chester Upland School District recently launched its first middle school soccer program. For more information on Chester Upland Youth Soccer visit ChesterUplandYouthSoccer.org
They Said It...
Brent Jacquette, Executive Director, Chester Upland Youth Soccer:
"I think the big thing for us is the continuity that a lot of programs throughout this community have come and gone. We’ve had a bit of staying power to make sure that we’re coming back. And the mentorship component has been beneficial. The schools have bought into it. Many of the parents have started to really buy into it, because they see the coach mentors we have are there on a regular basis. That three days a week, that person is there for their child. Everybody—parents, schools, the university, businesses in this community—everyone says we want to do better by the youth in Chester Upland. Everyone believes it; there just aren’t a lot of people doing it. So our simple program has the ability to actually be a constant in these kids’ lives."
Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer:
"We are well aware of the challenges the Chester and Upland communities face. Brent Jacquette, (Program Director) Brendan Grady and Chester Upland Youth Soccer have done a great job of using soccer to have a positive influence on the children of these communities. We want to ensure they have the resources and support to continue to reach their goals in the short and long term.”