08 Jan Players First club spotlight: BEST FC
Editor’s Note: On Dec. 18, US Club Soccer announced the first-ever class of Players First-licensed clubs, which featured 46 clubs from 19 states. In the weeks to follow, those clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors.
Question: Why did BEST FC apply for Players First licensing?
Paul Mumby, Director of Coaching of BEST FC: Individual player development is a cornerstone of BEST FC’s philosophy and the opportunity to be involved in a program so closely aligned with our core values was very exciting. The club component of BEST FC was founded in 2011 and has experienced rapid growth. The Players First platform provides our leadership and coaching staff with incredible resources and tools that will help us to continue to improve the services we offer, both on and off of the field, for member players and families.
Question: What does it mean for BEST FC to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Mumby: BEST FC is humbled to be recognized as a leader in improving the youth soccer experience for players and parents alongside many prestigious and forward thinking clubs. Most importantly, being a Players First licensed club is a testament to the dedication of our coaching and administrative staff and their devotion to BEST FC’s mission to “Do and Be Your BEST,” on and off of the field. BEST FC is grateful to both the New England Premiership (NEP) and US Club Soccer for providing BEST FC players with developmental resources both on and off of the field.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Mumby: The most unique component of Players First is that the program recognizes that all players are individuals and it is the duty of youth soccer clubs to develop all players to their full potential. Improving the youth soccer experience for all players will not only create more competitive national teams, but increase the number of lifelong soccer fans. BEST FC is excited to be a leader in growing the game.
Question: What would you like the parents of BEST FC to know about what this means to them?
Mumby: A big part of our success is the help and support of our BEST FC families. Our leadership team and coaching staff pride themselves on the relationships they build with member families and local communities. We would like to thank our parents for the role they play in their child’s soccer experience and confirm our commitment to not only upholding the rigorous standards of Players First, but continuously striving to improve the soccer experience for all players and parents!
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.