Alton, NH - Revolution United is pleased to announce our multi-year partnership with United Sports League. United Sports League will offer indoor soccer out of the brand new Elite Sports Academy complex in Epsom, NH opening later this fall. Programs will be available for teams U8-Adult divisions and Revolution United will be offering our popular Mini Revs programs for ages 3-6 over three sessions this winter.
"Elite Sports Academy has given opportunities to so many who may not have had the chance to participate in a variety of sports over the winter, just by opening their doors this fall," said Lucas Therrien, Program Director for Revolution United. "We are excited that Revs will be a part of such a big step for the Epsom community and the surrounding towns."
League play may look a little different than some are used to with traditional indoor soccer by eliminating the use of boards and continuing to focus on specific skills for year round soccer. Elite Sports Academy has it all from a weight training room, plenty of space to watch games, batting cages and a golf simulator. A great all around sports venue.
To keep up with the first ever United Sports League indoor session, visit uslnh.com or on facebook at facebook.com/unitedsl
The first session of Indoor Soccer is scheduled to start November 4.
To check out more about Elite Sports Academy and their progress visit https://esa-nh.com/
FROM THE BAYSIDER
WOLFEBORO — Kingswood Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Flood as the new head coach for the varsity girls’ soccer team.
Flood, a Kingswood alum (Class of 1996) brings a wealth of soccer coaching experience with him, having coached travel, recreation and indoor soccer teams. Flood has been an assistant for the Kingswood boys’ program for the last three years and is the head coach of the Coastal girls’ team for the Granite State Games.
Flood’s been coaching at the competitive and elite level for more than 10 years. His goal as a coach is to maintain an atmosphere where players are relaxed, engaged and do not fear the consequences of mistakes. Flood moved to the Lakes region from Rye in 1990 and currently lives in Alton Bay with his wife and two children.
Flood will take over the program from Rob Kelly, who has been the head coach for the Knights since the fall of 2017. On replacing Kelly, Flood notes, “I’m looking forward to continuing the solid work coach Kelly and the girls’ coaches have done for the program at Kingswood, based on what I’ve seen, the girls are headed in the right direction. If we focus on improving individually, improving as a team, and enjoying the game, wins will come as a byproduct.”
Director of Athletics Aaron House, commented on the recent hire, “Under coach Kelly we have seen some stability settle in as it relates to overall girls’ soccer program numbers. With coach Flood, we hope to see girls’ soccer participation grow, not just at Kingswood but within our GWRSD communities. Based on Shane’s vision for the girls’ program and his passion for the sport we are very excited to have him joining our ranks as the varsity coach.”
Returning Kingswood girls’ soccer players will have the ability to meet their new coach during an upcoming meeting that coach Flood is currently planning. Kingswood Athletics urges all girls interested in playing soccer at KRMS or KRHS to register now in order to make sure they receive information about meetings, summer sessions, etc.
There is a new director in town with the Revs and some big plans on the horizon. On Tuesday June 1, Revolution United Sports proudly welcomed Lucas Therrien as the new Program Director for the club, and the clubs first full time employee. During the COVID19 break in 2020, the Revs worked towards this goal while ultimately receiving a 5 year grant for a recent college graduate to take on a full time position. This position is 100% privately funded by the grant with not financially impact to the club, registrations or its members.
"We know the sports world has changed quite a bit, and to continue to provide top notch service to our members as well as grow some of our programs, we felt that bringing in someone full time was the right move, but wanted to do this without an impact to the club," said Cory Halvorsen, Executive Director for Revolution United. "Far too many times clubs are making huge announcements on field improvements, new facilities, new staff and paid coaches, all while continuing to raise their registration fees making it unaffordable for many participants."
Revolution United joined on with colleges throughout the state to look at interns during 2020's down time. Lucas, who is a recent college graduate in Sports Management has been seen throughout the fields and courts for almost a full year, working behind the scenes on scheduling, registrations and working with other towns. He has also played an instrumental part in the growth of the club and some of the most recent partnerships that have been announced. As a former player for Revolution United, and Prospect Mountain High School alum, he fully understands the role within the local community and bringing players together for the schools that are being served.
" I am excited to continue working with all of those who I met over the past year, as well as meet some new players, parents and coaches as programs continue to grow," Lucas, said.
Revolution United was established in 2011 and after 10 years of growing the club into what it is today, Founder & Executive Director Cory Halvorsen will be stepping down from his role in spring 2022. The club was started as a soccer club playing its first competitive soccer season for Granite State Youth Soccer League in NH coached by Cory and Mike Brown. Since that time, thousands of players have joined Revolution United in soccer & basketball, competitive and recreational as well as summer camps to join in on the fun and play the sports they love.
" I am excited to see the direction the club is taking, and there is no doubt it will be taking a full time focus. I am proud of where the club started and where it is today, but also know there are more things to accomplish," Halvorsen said. "With recent partnership announcements, as well as more to come, this effort won't be easy but it is time for new leadership with guidance being given from the outside. It has been a great 10 years but very much looking forward to being able to watch my son play in his games and grow up playing the sports that I love."
For more information on Revolution United Sports Group, or its programs, visit revsunited.com
The cold and rain will not stop the Revolution United U20 girls. As this team and Head Coach Shane Flood headed into Memorial Day Weekend, they didn't take the weekend off but instead entered into the 28th Annual Amherst Soccer Club Memorial Day tournament. This tournament is one of many taking place this weekend but one that sees hundreds of teams across multiple states, and from multiple clubs to get some great competition.
The U20 Girls team played some impressive soccer through the cold and rain this weekend and have remained undefeated earning a spot in the finals against an impressive Central Maine United team. Central Maine represents 12 varsity programs in the Central Maine Region.
"They're an impressive team with an unbelievable amount of speed," said Coach Flood of the opposing CMU team. "We will definitely have our hands full."
Revolution and Central Maine met up on day one of the tournament with Revs coming out on top with a goal in the last few minutes of the game. Monday's final should expect much of the same play.
Revolution United and Central Maine United will compete in the final for the Amherst Memorial Day Tournament at 1:00pm at Souhegan High School.
Coming back after the COVID-19 break from last spring, Coach Jayme Kennedy's team has been ready to get on the field together and based on this season's results, they haven't missed a beat.
"The kids have come ready to play every day. They're hungry and eager to put in the effort it takes to win games," said the Head Coach.
After much of the state took last spring season off, nobody knew when they next time teams would be back on the fields again. Having gone through an adjusted school soccer schedule to keep travel and contact to a minimum, some teams went back to their indoor seasons. However, like many would express, the spring soccer season was still missed by coaches, players and fans. The U14 Revs team has come back strong with a current record of 4 Wins, 1 Tie and 0 losses.
"Starting the season 4-0-1 in a tough division is a great way to start any season. Our offense has put together some great opportunities in the first four games leading to 15 goals. I've been very happy with our defensive play and our goalies have been able to handle the task of seeing some tough shots from our opponents," coach Kennedy said.
"Jayme and his players have come out strong again this season. There is no doubt the players are bought into Coach Kennedy's style of play and they are showing it on the field," said Cory Halvorsen, Executive Director for Revolution United. "With just 3 games left in the regular season I am sure we will continue to see them at the top of the table going into playoff weekend."
The remaining games will continue to be a challenge heading into the back half and nowhere to let down against some very talented teams in the league.
"Three games left so that means 3 tough opponents left. We're taking it one game at a time with a goal to make playoffs," said Kennedy. "I want to see the kids keep being relentless and working hard. Keep playing together as a team and have that never give up attitude."
The Rev's are scheduled to play in Derry, who is currently the number 2 seed, after the Memorial Day Weekend break.
Epsom, NH - Revolution United Sports Group is pleased to announce our official partnership with Elite Sports Academy (ESA) in Epsom, New Hampshire. ESA will serve as the official home of Revolution United Sports Group for indoor soccer programs, camps, Mini Revs, specialized strength and conditioning programs and much more.
Expected to open fall of 2021, Elite Sports Academy broke ground early last week on their 22,000+ square foot building which will host turf field space, batting cages, weight room and a golf simulator. Revolution United has been tapped to take on league play for all soccer programs including programs for recreational and competitive for youth and adult leagues.
"We are excited to be moving forward with this project as James and everyone at ESA have been great to work with in the planning stages," said Cory Halvorsen, Executive Director for Revolution United. "This is something that has required a lot of careful planning and consideration, and know it is the right step in continuing to move Revolution United in the direction to offer programs for all players no matter their skill level."
Revolution United has been known in the area as primarily a soccer club that was established in 2011, and has since grown into multiple sports all with the same mission. Providing an opportunity for players to play a sport that they love no matter their skill level or financial situation. With many opportunities available, there are registrations that fit all of the needs of someone's current situation. The club has maintained this same policy throughout the past 10 years it has been established and to try and give as many opportunities to the community as possible.
With the expansion with Elite Sports Academy, Revolution United will continue to look at ways to increase participation in all of the sports that are offered and make Epsom just another location where the community can be served.
“We are very excited to announce this partnership with Revolution United and Elite Sports Academy (ESA). The Revs are best in class in the soccer world and having them call Elite Sports Academy their home solidifies ESA as providing the youth in the area with not only a top notch facility, but also quality programs to develop as athletes in various sports.” said James Christie, President Elite Sports Academy
Over the next weeks and months, work will be taking place not only on site but also behind the scenes. Program Director, Lucas Therrien will be taking on the role of league operations as well as the regular day to day for the Revolution organization. Leagues will be offered for indoor soccer for ages U8-Adult, boys and girls. Additional information will be coming out over time as far as session start dates, team registration information and much more.
Questions regarding our new partnership please email email@example.com
With COVID-19 derailing last years spring competitive soccer season, players from around the region missed their opportunity to get on the field, lace up their cleats and be with their teammates. Many of these same players missed out on their final opportunity to put their uniform on as they have now aged out of the program.
Organizations across the state have worked tirelessly to bring sports back safely, including NH Soccer Association in the NH Soccer League.
"The New Hampshire Soccer Association is excited to welcome back all our players, coaches, referees and fans for another great spring season in the New Hampshire Soccer League," said Rusty Wightman, NHSA President. "Our commitment to the safety of all our members is paramount and we look forward to seeing you all out on the pitch soon!"
Prior to the COVID-19 break, Revolution United participated in another competitive league within the state, however not seeing the results or competition the teams came to expect.
"Competition, fairness, league leadership and what the players will get out of playing are all things that are part of our decision when choosing a league to participate in," said Cory Halvorsen, Executive Director of Revolution United. "This season is no different, but one thing is certain, the steps that NH Soccer Association has taken to create a culture that truly includes all players of all abilities and levels of play is the organization that we want to be a part of."
The NH Soccer Association is the governing association over the NH Soccer League, which is made up of club members throughout the state to help guide the decisions with league director, Ryan Joy.
"While all clubs may not agree on every decision that is made with the league, the goal is for the kids to be able to continue playing soccer at an affordable cost, increasing their skills, and having fun at the same time," Halvorsen said. "The LOC has done a fantastic job of putting the players first and having that direct line of communication with the clubs."
NH Soccer Association has seen its fair share of challenges over the years with a tough competitor, for profit, US Club Soccer coming in to challenge the playing field that once was primarily controlled by non-profit, US Youth Soccer. There were a few years that were challenging and disrupted the market, but sense things have settled to the point of normalcy and the focus being put back on the youth athletes.
NH Soccer League has created opportunities for hundreds of teams across New Hampshire since it was founded, for ages U8-U19 boys and girls in multiple divisions. The NH Soccer Associations supports this by providing opportunities in their various state, regional and national tournament series each year.
During the down time of 2020, Revolution United restructured the programs that were offered, how they were run and the opportunities that have come through for all age groups. In February 2021, it was announced Revolution United will now have opportunities for ages 3-19, with the Mini Revs programs for ages 3-6, the Pathway to Competitive Programs for U8, and the competitive soccer programs for U10-U19.
"In working with Cory, we wanted to create a new opportunity for our players that aged out of Mini Revs, and were too young to join our U10 programs. With the creation of our Pathway to Competitive U8 program, we have put together 3 additional teams this season and believe that this program will continue to grow," said Lucas Therrien, Program Director.
Revolution United is entering their 10th year in competitive soccer and a proud member of NH Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer. For more information on Revolution United and their programs, visit revsunited.com
Alton Rec Basketball Player of the Week for week 7 goes to Michael Boles
Coach Bubar Says "Sparked our team with tenacious defense. Brings intense energy to the team each week.. Keep up the strong work Mike, great job!!"
Congrats Michael! You will be receiving an exclusive player of the week t-shirt
The Pittsfield Rec Basketball Player of the Week goes to Harper Mackenzie
Coach Mackenzie says
"Great improvement with defense, passing and has the most Sportsmanship of any player on the team"
Congrats Mackenzie, you will be receiving an exclusive Player of the Week t-shirt!
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