BOSTON BREAKERS PARTNER WITH ABYS AND STRIKERS UNITED ON ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT STRUCTURE
The Boston Breakers are pleased to announce a partnership with Strikers United, a program of Acton Boxborough Youth Soccer. The partnership will see the rebranding of current Strikers United girls teams to Boston Breakers Academy Strikers.
The Boston Breakers are one of only two clubs in the U.S. with a youth club structure leading into the women’s professional league, the NWSL and only club in the nation that begins at the U8 level.
"As an organization we are very excited to partner with Strikers United on this development partnership,” said Boston Breakers General Manager, and Breakers Academy Director of Coaching Lee Billiard. "Personally, as the Acton Boxborough Girls Varsity High School coach, I have a vested interest in the growth and development of players in this area. Not only will this help the growth of our brand, and our academy program, it allows us to implement our development philosophy into a strong soccer community"
The partnership will start with immediate effect, teams will wear replica Boston Breakers Nike uniforms this coming fall, along with implementing the Boston Breakers curriculum and philosophies.
“This partnership represents a key strategic development in the growth of the Strikers United program which now offers a clear pathway to all our female players,” said ABYS/Strikers United DOC, Mitch Doherty. “Having access to the Boston Breakers Academy curriculum, their resources and best practices, plus some of the highest level of coaching in New England will have an immediate impact on our girls’ development program.”
Boston Breakers staff coach, former England international and pro player Leanne Champ will be named as Assistant Director of Coaching for the Breakers Academy Strikers programming.
Leanne Champ who worked with Strikers United girls teams this past year – will now lead the girls program in her new role as assistant DOC. “Having a resource as qualified and experienced as Leanne, working full time on our girls program will be of huge benefit to everyone involved," Doherty stated.
Boston Breakers professional players will be part of the program across the year mentoring, instructing and connecting with Breakers Academy Strikers participants. The player development ladder starts with Boston Breakers Strikers Junior Academy program for girls under 8 - 12, where players will be developed to learn the technical fundamentals. Players progress from the Junior program to the next phase of the Boston Breakers Academy Strikers program; under 13 – 16. During this phase of player development emphasis is placed on tactical, physical and building a competitive understanding. Players rising from this program enter the Boston Breakers Academy, a regional based program competing at the highest level of league play.
"This is a very unique program,” said Billiard. “It allows players to receive top level training in a competitive environment, all within their own community, and town "club teams". The development path we have put in place with Strikers United allows players movement into training and game environments that will benefit their development short and long term"
Boston Breakers Academy Development Path starts at Under 8 (Junior Academy) and goes through U19, followed by Boston Breakers College Academy, Boston Breakers Reserve team and finally Boston Breakers Pro team.
Boston Breakers Academy teams compete in the following leagues: ECNL (Elite Club’s National League), NPL (National Premier Leagues), and NEP (New England Premiership).