SVFC Provides Online Training and Support to Young Athletes During COVID-19
LONGMONT, CO (April 27, 2020) – The Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of creating positivity and character-building in the youth sports environment, has given high-praise to the St. Vrain Football Club (SVFC), one of the area’s most popular youth soccer organizations, for its engaging and proactive approach to staying connected to its young team members and coaches during COVID-19.
SVFC began its "Own Your Own Development" program in late March. This involves providing live Zoom workshops that allow the athletes to virtually meet, talk to, and learn skills from their coaches. Athletes are also independently showing how they are staying active by submitting fun technical videos (juggling, shooting, dribbling, etc.) to SVFC's Facebook page. SVFC has also encouraged PCA's Athlete Online Course, "Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor," to keep their athletes mentally prepared and engaged with their teammates and their community.
“We may not be on the playing field together right now,” said Daniel Jones, executive director of SVFC. “But we can still help our players stay physically and mentally active.
“I am so proud of our staff and coaches for being able to provide the best online training platform in Northern Colorado,” Jones added. “We are leading the way and setting a high bar for those around us.”
According to Amy Duba, partnership manager for PCA-Colorado, “SVFC is providing a caring climate by working hard to make sure their players are staying physically, technically, and mentally sharp during this time.
“I have always appreciated what sport psychologist Dr. Mary Fry said,” Duba added. “Fry said that ‘sport psychology research tells us that teams that provide a caring climate, one in which its members feel safety and love, are significantly more successful by almost every measure. Not only do team members feel better and have a more enjoyable experience, they also enjoy better health and perform better both as individuals and collectively.’”
For information about this partnership, please contact either Amy Duba (PCA-Colorado) or Lisa Metzger, who works on behalf of SVFC.Amy Duba, Positive Coaching Alliance
Lisa Metzger, SVFC Rep
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.
Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:
Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching over 20 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCADevZone.org. PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons.
PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission including Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach, Lindsay Gottlieb and others such as Joe Thomas, Dusty Baker, Carol Dweck, Herm Edwards, Julie Foudy, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies, youth serving organizations and professional leagues and teams including Boys & Girls Club of America, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and US Lacrosse.
About St. Vrain FC
Saint Vrain FC is a positive and healthy environment dedicated to the development of the youth of our community. Through a love of soccer, we foster a sense of club pride, team belonging, and mastery of the game. As we learn to become our best selves on the field, we also learn the winning ways that bring us success in life. Saint Vrain FC is the only community-first soccer club with a performance-based soccer program for everyone. Saint Vrain FC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in North Central Colorado. To learn more, visit www.stvrainfc.com.