The Spotlight

From a BWP Parent

Hello Coaches,
As a new family to your organization, I wanted to take a minute to express our thoughts about Black Watch Soccer, the Fall program, and Coach Day. 
As you may or may not know, we were introduced to Black Watch by Coach McEachon who reached out to Thomas during his summer soccer camp in Middlebury suggesting Thomas consider trying out for Black Watch. Knowing Thomas' love of soccer and the shortcomings of the programs in Middlebury we had talked on and off for a couple of years about getting him involved in club soccer. However, we knew that such involvement would mean a considerable commitment for us living in Cornwall (south of Middlebury), and our investigation into other soccer clubs left us questioning whether such an experience with those other clubs was really in Thomas' best interests. We had not heard of Black Watch until Coach McEachon talked about it with Thomas. We then spent some time researching BWP and its coaches. Everything we were reading led us to believe Black Watch would not be like the other clubs. Black Watch's philosophy and approach seemed like it would be a good fit for Thomas so we were willing to entertain the thought of making the commitment. Thomas attended the try-outs and expressed interest in joining the club. My husband spoke with folks at the try-outs about Thomas' swimming commitments and made observations that we hoped reflected how the club treated its athletes. We took the plunge.
Black Watch has not disappointed. In fact, Black Watch is everything we had hoped for and so much more. The experience has been an incredibly positive one for Thomas and us as well. Your philosophy, commitment to, and respect for the players as athletes and as people is refreshing and exactly what we wanted for Thomas. He absolutely loves playing for Black Watch. He truly likes and respects his coaches and teammates. He has learned so much about soccer in such a short amount of time, and he looks forward to learning more. He has made new friends that he is excited to continue playing and growing with. He loved developing his soccer game and becoming part of the team through the Fall program. He thoroughly enjoyed being able to play more competitive soccer with a regular game schedule this Fall. The moment the last game ended last weekend he was already looking forward to the Winter program and futsal.
As for Gregg and I, we are ecstatic to have found and joined Black Watch. To watch Thomas adjust to and grow with his new teammates and coaches has been so incredibly gratifying. To watch and hear Coach Day treat each player with dignity and respect while calmly and clearly setting forth expectations and providing constructive feedback and instruction has demonstrated very clearly for us that Black Watch was the absolute right decision. The flexibility of schedule has been appreciated so very much as Thomas began his swim season. I wish I could better express how truly grateful we are for everything we have experienced to date with BWP. We are all very excited to continue in this soccer club that clearly has its priorities and commitments in the right place.
Thank you so very much for offering such a fantastic program and for being such incredible coaches to these young athletes.
– Tammy and Gregg Denton

News / Press Release

Needham Memorial Day Tournament and Potomac Memorial Day Tournament
U15 boys won their age group at the Needham Memorial Day Tournament with four straight wins, three of which were shutouts. "The guys were on point all weekend, from their pinpoint passing and movement, to their willingness to compete and defend collectively," commented coach Wiley Robinson. "For many of these kids, to be traveling was exciting, but, when it came time to get to work, they were all locked into team success," Robinson added.

2U13 boys lost in a penalty shoot out in the finals at the Needham Memorial Day Tournament. After sweeping through their group stage and playing high level and brand of soccer, the 13s played to a 1-1 draw in the final before succumbing in the dreaded shootout. "You never want it to end this way, but as a club, we are extremely proud of how our kids played and competed this weekend," commented Coach Bob Day. "We held our shape and at times found our passing rhythm which resulted in many chances and goals, one of many positives this weekend," Coach Day added.

3U17 boys lost in the finals at the prestigious Potomac Memorial Day showcase. Coach Rob Dow's boys who are sitting at the top of both the Region 1 and VSL tables, were on form for most of the weekend, knocking off New Jersey, Maryland, and West Virginia champions."We haven't lost since January, so the loss in the final is a tough pill to swallow for the guys, but this group has really come together and in many ways have the championship caliber approach, talent, and unity." "We have come far, and the silver lining for us is many of the kids performed so well, there will be a lot of college interest in this squad," coach Dow added.
BWP Soccer U12 Futsal...

The U-12 team that has been competing in the Shelburne Futsal League that includes Jack, Eli, Casper & Henry from Blackwatch as well as there friends Neil & Gabe from Nordic beat a team from Addison 13-3 to win the championship for session 2. They have had a great season, have not lost a game yet and are hoping to be defending their session 1 and session 2 championships at the end of session three.

BWP Soccer has successful outing at FarPost 3v3
We had a successful day of soccer at the Farpost 3v3 tournament. Entered a U-13 Blackwatch Team in the U-14 division. The team included Joey, Owen, Alex & Adin, they made it out of a pool of 12 teams with a record of 3-0 and were seated 2nd heading into the semifinal game. They started slow in the semifinal game then came on strong but were not able to overcome the early deficit. Entered a mixed U-11/U-12 Team in the U-12 division. The team included Jack, Eli, Nash & Thomas from Blackwatch as well as a good friend Neil from Nordic. They made it out of a pool of 12 teams with a record of 3-0 and were seated 1st heading into the semifinal game. They proceeded to win the Semifinal game 6-3 and went on to win the final 14-2. U-12 championship team pictured above.

Black Watch Premier Soccer club teams up with the Vermont Food Bank to create a GIVE BACK Fundraising Campaign
The Black Watch Premier Burlington Soccer Club players have committed to a GIVE BACK fundraising plan for the 2016 season. Black Watch Burlington with build on their 2015 volunteer efforts at the Vermont Food bank and increase their commitment to the Vermont Foodbank with the goal of donating 240 hours of volunteer time in 2016. Every team likes to have a goal. Our goal this year is to pack 1350 boxes of food for 1350 families. The players are organizing to volunteer on three Saturday’s this winter at the Vermont Food Bank Sort-a-thons. Black Watch Burlington has been looking for fundraising opportunities that GIVE BACK to Vermonters as well as raise funds for players to offset the costs of uniforms and their travel to the North East Tournaments. Aidan Schoellkopf from the U17 Boys Premier team is organizing this effort on behalf of the club.
If area businesses or individuals are interested in donating to this effort please send a check to Black Watch Burlington c/o Aidan Schoellkopf, PO Box 244, Warren, VT 5674. After we meet our goal we will send a press release out that acknowledges our donors (unless you prefer to be anonymous).
The core function of the Vermont Foodbank is to provide fresh produce, shelf-stable food, and prepared meals to our 225 network partners. Those network partners include food shelves, meal sites, senior centers and after-school programs. These agencies directly serve 153,000 Vermonters annually, according to Hunger in America 2014.  Food is initially gathered from grocery stores, food manufacturers, farms, businesses, restaurants, individuals, and Feeding America, the national network of food banks. We also partner with Vermont farms and orchards to obtain more fresh, local produce through gleaning and Pick for Your Neighbor.
  Black Watch Premier Burlington’s mission is to provide the best possible learning environment for the passionate youth soccer community in Vermont. Our coaching staff is committed to using our vast playing, coaching, and teaching background to positively impact our players to fuel the passion for the game, improve their soccer IQ, at the same time consistently promoting excellent character along the way. The Black Watch Premier club philosophy is that the whole team should be able to participate regardless of financial hardship.
For more information about this campaign please contact player Aidan Schoellkopf at schoellkopfa2017@gmail.com or 802-793-3546. To speak with a Black Watch Club representative please contact Rob Dow at rdow@uvm.edu. See below Photo from Black Watch volunteer effort at Vermont Food Bank in February of 2015. This team were the Vermont State Champs at the U16 level in 2015.