December 16, 2020 (Germantown, MD) - Maryland Bobcats FC are happy to announce that the club has formed an affiliation with the Prince Georges Soccer Academy (PGSA). The affiliation will see PGSA players participate in weekly sessions ran by and including our First Team players and coaching staff, have PGSA staff get coaching education through MBFC staff and connections, and provide the players a clear path to professional soccer right in their backyard while continuing to practice and play close to home.
Francisco Gonzalez, the Director of PGSA, is excited for the chance to create a relationship with a club that has a focus on player development like PGSA does as well as provide his players another avenue to continue to learn and a chance to be a part of a vertical pipeline. "The Prince Georges Soccer Academy is pleased with our affiliation with Maryland Bobcats FC" Gonzalez said. "Our two organizations focus on community development and engagement by empowering young people with life skills and discipline in a fun environment through the game of soccer."
PGSA also has a community-first attitude, much like that of MBFC. By creating the relationship, not only will the players on the field skills continue to develop and improve, but their life and off the field skills will as well. With a heavy focus on becoming an all-around person and not just a soccer player, MBFC will help bring resources and programs that focus on the entire player. This, along with the community-focused nature of both clubs, will make the communities - both in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties - a better place. Gonzalez was quick to mention the focus on community and not just on soccer development: "Through this partnership our two organizations will be able to engage more stakeholders in the community and create an even more involved youth that contribute positively to our communities."
With 10 teams starting in Spring 2021, this will add over 150 youth players from various age groups to the Bobcats family. From trainings to personal development, tournament play to community outreach, this addition will have an immediate impact on the level of play throughout the Maryland Bobcats FC Youth system and in our communities. Even in the year 2020, we were able to continue to build, improve, and form new relationships that will impact the kids of today and tomorrow.
Club President Jide Saba knows 2020 wasn't like any before it, but was optimistic about what has come from it: "It’s been a crazy 2020 but we have managed to rise above the situation we’ve found ourselves as a club. This is the beginning phase of finally trying to build a club that is truly for all and giving the children of the state a path to professional football. We are grateful that Francisco and his club chose to trust and believe in our vision and together we hope this is the beginning of many more partnerships to come. It’s is our hope that we will provide a professional atmosphere for the club and the kids. Welcome onboard to the Bobcats family!"
The affiliation has a chance to grow even more, bringing more players, coaches, and families into the Bobcats family. It also continues to focus on minority players and players who may not have gotten a chance otherwise. A central part of why our club was started, giving chances to players that deserve them furthers our mission to find and develop the best talent in Maryland. With 2020 almost in the rearview, 2021 is already shaping to be off to a hot start.
About Prince George's Soccer Academy
All players will learn the rules of the game and focus on improving individual technical skill of dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting in a team environment. Individual and team skill development will be stressed before winning with an insight to long term development. Players entering at the Jr. Academy level will participate in the game of soccer in a format that is both fun better suited to their development.
Increases number of touches on the ball.
Requires players to both defend and attack.
Improves player concentration because ball is close to them at all times.
Improves fitness levels due to lively and dynamic tempo.
Provides realistic challenges, limited number of players in restricted space creates game like conditions.
The game itself improves soccer techniques so players can improve and enjoy the game.
Develops individual skill; increases frequency of 1v1 matchups.