Press Release - US Soccer Foundation

***PRESS RELEASE***

For Immediate Release                                                                                      May 01 , 2017
Washington Premier Football Club AWARDED $ 15,000 Grant FROM U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION

Washington Premier Football Club Receives Grant to Fund Improvements at

 Washington Premier Football Club’s Complex

Puyallup, Washington – The Washington Premier Football Club today announced it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. This grant is intended to fund of improvements to the south complex to improve the irrigation and drainage of the grass fields. Washington Premier Football Club was one of nine organizations to receive a grant.

"I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation for their generosity towards Washington Premier Football Club. It's support like this that allows for, what we feel, to continue to improve one of the best complex in the NW.  Having a Top-Tier facility for both grass and turf for teams to play and practice on year round is of utmost priority to our leadership. We are committed to having the best possible surface and facilities for our members and the communities we serve and this grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation makes that possible,” said Seth Spidahl, WPFC Director of Coaching.

With so many competing sports, many area communities have lost their local soccer clubs due to a lack of membership to form adequate teams. This is leaving many children without a place to play. In addition, with the rise in competing sports e.g. rugby and lacrosse, the demands for use of public parks and school fields has reached an all-time high.

By extending the availability of Washington Premier's grass fields we will have the capacity to grow a robust recreational program ensuring that no player is left without a home to play soccer.  The club will also be in a position to better serve the community and membership. Currently, Washington Premier is working with Washington Youth Soccer leadership on a partnership campaign to reach out to the schools and PTAs to educate them on the benefits of children playing soccer.

This grant was awarded as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. Across the country, children in underserved communities face an acute shortage of safe places to play largely because there isn’t enough space in which to create them or funding to maintain them. Safe Places to Play gives kids safe and accessible areas to play by funding the costs of design, construction, surfacing and enhancement in these communities.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is excited to support these grant recipients in their continued efforts to leverage the game of soccer for social change and create equal access to safe places to play for all communities,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “These grants will help introduce youth to the game of soccer and promote a culture of health in communities across the country.”

Since its inception in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Support for the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s grant process is provided by the Foundation’s corporate partners, including AstroTurf, Hunter Industries, Kwik Goal, Musco Sports Lighting, Soccer.com, Sport Court.

About Washington Premier Football Club.

Washington Premier Football Club (WPFC), a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has a legacy going back to the 1970s and draws on the combined history of FC Royals girls club and FC United boys club. Over the last 45 plus years, WPFC contributed to the cognitive, psychomotor and social development of our greatest asset: our children in the region. WPFC is recognized as one of the top soccer clubs in the state of Washington and top tier in the Far West Region and provides soccer opportunities for players ages 4 and above. For more information on Washington Premier visit, www.washingtonpremierfc.com or follow us Twitter at @WAPremier,  Instagram at @washingtonpremierfc and  Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpremierfc

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.

Media Contact:

Cheryl Mercuri, Washington Premier Football Club, wpfcoffice@gmail.com, 253-514-5276