Monday, May 23, 2016
As the current season comes to a close, the Glen-Ed Soccer Club (a part of Glen-Ed Sports Association) continued to achieve the mission of “quality soccer at an affordable price”.
GESA congratulates the players and parents on another fantastic year. Many of the teams won silverware but more importantly the players continued their development on and off the field. Thank you to all the parents for the many hours of sacrifice to transport their children to and from games/practice. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the club could not have exceeded its goals without the incredible volunteer support of the parents and many volunteers. Thank you for the dedication to make 2015-16 the best year ever for the Glen-Ed Soccer Club.
HIGHLIGHTS of the 2015-16
Off the field highlights
o Completed our 20th year. The club was founded in 1996 by two teams.
LARGEST COMMUNITY DONATIONS
o Donated $20,000 for a total of $58,000 over 4 years to the EGHM Foundation. The club significantly exceeded the original commitment of $50,000 in 5 years
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM
o Became an Advocare distributor to offer a product line of world-class nutrition. o Created Health Wellness Advisory Board consisting of Drew Dintelmann ATC, CSCS Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Dr. Janice Stewart, M.D. Sports Medicine.
RECORD OPERATING BUDGET
o Due to the largest player participation, spent a record operating budget to fund player programs (League, Tournament, indoor, futsal, training, etc..)
o Expanded our field footprint by utilizing the SIUE Grass Fields & Korte Stadium.
o Hosted home league games at Edwardsville High School & Korte Field.
o Presented information necessary to play college soccer. All levels were represented (DI,II,III and NAIA).
o Presented the 7th Annual Glen-Ed Spring Kick-Off with over 150 teams.
o Presented the 1st Annual Glen-Ed 3v3 Tournament with over 65 teams.
On The Field Highlights
RECORD TEAM REGISTRATION
o Registered 26 teams from U7 to U18 in both boys and girls.
CONTINUED TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
o 8 Tournament Champions
o 10 Tournament Finalists
o 3 League Champions and several 2nd place finishes.
HIGH QUALTIY COACHES
o Club’s coaching staff includes national licenses from both US and Europe.
(1-UEFA C, 1-USSF B, 2-USSF C and 11-USSF D License coaches)
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TRAINERS
o Dave Fernandez, Nationally Recognized Coach/Trainer and USSF A License
o John Becher, Glen-Ed Director of Coaching – USSF C License
o John Van Buskirk, McKendree University Men’s Head Coach & UEFA C License
o Derek Burton, SIUE Women’s Head Coach and USSF B License
The club is proud of the many accomplishments. Congratulations to all the players and parents.
As we look forward to next season, the club will continue to pursue opportunities for our players to develop to their fullest potential.
* All teams will play SLYSA (MO and IL).
* The club expects approximately 30 teams for the year 2016-17 in every age group fromU7-U19 for both boys and girls.
* Expanding our relationship with our partners to host additional games in Edwardsville for all ages
* GESA will continue to explore opportunities to improve the quality of programs and affiliations with professional organizations. GESA has no plans now or in the future to merge with other clubs.
Our mission has been and always will be:
“to assist players to ‘Pursue the Dream’ by offering quality select sports participation in Soccer, Volleyball and Softball at an affordable price. We believe in creating a lifelong passion for sports by creating character in a challenging, fun and safe environment.”
Finally, as we close the current season and look forward to the next, we want to wish all Glen- Ed parents and players a happy and safe summer.
Mark Rimkus – President