Hellertown-based youth soccer organization F.C. Steel and the North Parkland Athletic Association (NPAA) announced a “strategic soccer partnership” Friday.
According to a news release, “beginning with the spring 2018 season, the two organizations will share staff, expertise, fields and facilities.”
As part of the agreement, North Parkland players will have access to F.C. Steel technical clinics and will have the opportunity to join F.C. Steel’s travel and premier teams as secondary players. The two clubs are also combining their U7 and U8 teams under the F.C. Steel banner.
“This partnership will enable North Parkland to provide a complete progression to our players, from recreational to travel to premier soccer,” said Mary Kotch, director of North Parkland Soccer. “This is a first in the Lehigh Valley.”
“We are excited to work with North Parkland,” added Christian Kittelstad, president of FC Steel. “Like us, NPAA prides itself on training and development. Our agreement puts F.C. Steel one step closer to our ultimate goal, which is to serve every soccer player in the Lehigh Valley and help them achieve their dreams.”
F.C. Steel, founded in 2017, is planning an aggressive expansion this year with the addition of multiple teams for boys and girls born between 2002 and 2011, according to the news release.
“Recently, (F.C. Steel) signed Perfect Touch Soccer as its exclusive training partner and plans to break ground on a new indoor and outdoor soccer facility later this year,” it stated.