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Girl’s 2014-2015 registration is currently open
Girl’s 2014-2015 registration is currently open for U12-U15 players who are seeking to join a premier team that will teach eager players how to improve their skills and become better players in a positive and supportive club environment.
Development is still the primary focus at these age groups and Black Watch Premier provides programs that will empower players to develop theirs skills as they grow. Goal keepers are also provided training session’s specifically to enhance their technical fundamentals.  Black Watch Premier has had profound success with players reaching the Division I collegiate level as well as creating opportunities for their student-athletes to achieve their goals with enhancing their educational and life opportunities through sport. For more information please contact Coach Emmie Doin at emmie.doin@gmail.com.

Black Watch Premier seeks
U8 soccer players

Black Watch Premier is seeking U8 soccer players, boys and girls, to join the club’s U8 soccer team. BWP boasts a fully professional soccer staff, no parent coaches, that teaches the youth curriculum designed by UAlbany men’s soccer coach and BWP Director of Coaching, Trevor Gorman. The club seeks to help each player love the game, giving them an energetic and positive atmosphere in which to build their skills.

Contact head U8 staff coach Jake Boland (email: BWPYouthAcademies@yahoo.com, cell: 518.528.3948) for information about the program.

News / Press Release

BWP Girls National Signing Day

Club members and soon to be graduates Julia Rossi & Alley LoMaestro signed their national letters of intent during one of our club leadership academy sessions. Julia is headed to the University of Rhode Island and Alley is headed to Pace University. Our club if extremely proud of their accomplishment and wish them the best of luck at the next level!

BWP U15 Dundee Make Finals

St. James, NY - The BWP Under 15 Boys team lost 1-0 in the finals to Manhattan SC who is currently ranked number 1 in NYE in the top flight of the Massapequa College Showcase. The 15s had impressive results against PDB Fury (NYE) 1-0 and Deer Park Soccer (NYE) 4-0 to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinal the 15s squared off against Bruno United (RI), the match ended 3-0 with the 15s moving on to final. The championship match was a tough battle, both teams remained scoreless until the final 2 minutes of regulation when Manhattan scored what would be the match winning goal.

BWP Director of Coaching Trevor Gorman America East Coach of the year.

BOSTON — Five different teams took home major awards as the 2015 America East men’s soccer annual hardware was announced Friday afternoon. Awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.
The Great Danes, who claimed their first-ever outright America East regular-season title and top seed for the upcoming conference championship, earned a pair of major awards. Sophomore Afonso Pinheiro was voted Striker of the Year while Albany’s coaching staff, led by head coach Trevor Gorman, was tabbed Coaching Staff of the Year. New Hampshire’s Chris Wingate earned Midfielder of the Year accolades, while UMBC’s Malcom Harris was chosen Defender of the Year and Binghamton netminder Robert Moewes was selected Goalkeeper of the Year. Stony Brook’s Serge Gamwanya was named Rookie of the Year to round out the major award winners.
Coaching Staff of the Year
University at Albany (Head Coach, Trevor Gorman)
Led Albany to its second-ever America East regular-season title (2004) and first outright championship.
Will be the No. 1 seed for the America East Championship for the first time.
The Great Danes’ 10 wins are their most since 2008.
Won five straight league games after an 0-2 start.

2015 Club Outing
Director of Programming, Steve Freeman, discusses the upcoming 2015/2016 season

Parent Testimonial 2015 Outing

Steve Freeman Selected as National Staff Coach by NSCAA
Director of Programming and Founder of BWP, Steve Freeman has been added
to NSCAA Staff for second time. Fifty-seven candidates from all over the
United States spent 60 hours on course testing for their Advanced National or National Diploma.
"It was an amazing experience to be part of such a distinguished staff," stated Freeman.
"The association stands for so many of the principles I believe in personally.
Education and continued learning are critical in advancing our sport and our players."

Staff includes:
Former NSCAA Director of Coaching Jeff Tipping
Senior National Staff Member George Purgavie
Senior National Staff Member Jeff Vennell
National Staff Member Gary Cook
Associate National Staff Member Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman, BWP Director speaks on ESPN Radio...

Steve Freeman, Director of Programming sits down with ESPN's Armen Williams to discuss youth soccer in the Capital Region and the upcoming Black Watch Trials

BWP 14s lose in penalties in prestigious Potomac final...
Germantown, MD-The BWP Under 14 Boys team lost 2-1 in penalties to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy Team in the top flight of the Potomac Invitational. It was the Club's tenth team to advance to the finals, and sixth in the top flight. In group play, the 14s had impressive results against Bethesda SC (MD) 1-0, Frederick SC (MD) 2-1 and Football Club of New Jersey (NJ) 4-1 to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinal the 14s squared off against Loudon SC (MD), a USYS National League participant, at the Maryland Soccerplex. The matched ended 4-0 with the 14s moving on to final. Monday's championship match saw the Riverhounds jump out to a 2-0 lead at half. The 14s responded with a goal off a set piece, but the Riverhounds quickly countered making it 3-1. The 14s clawed back in scoring twice to equalize, and created several half-chances to grab the lead. Both teams played through a scoreless overtime, and the Riverhounds won the championship 2-1 in penalties. "I could not be more proud of the boys and their response as a group to equalize the match. They played a terrific opponent, and demonstrated that they as a group belong in the region's elite groups," stated Head Coach and Director of Programming Steve Freeman.

BWP Players Invited to National Super Y ODP!
Blackwatch Burlington would like to congratulate Kai Cormier on earning an invitation
to this year's Super Y League ODP Camp. We would also like to congratulate Jake Bunker
from our U16 Black Watch Albany team for being selected!
The camp will take place from March 5-8 at IMG in Bradenton, FL.

Kai was selected as one of three strikers to the national program based upon his hard work
and dedication during the 2014 Super Y League season with Blackwatch NY last summer and
joins fellow invites from Super Y League clubs in Ohio (Liberty FC),
Michigan (Kalamazoo Kingdom), Wisconsin (Elite Training Academy),
Georgia (Atlanta Metros), and New Jersey (Ironbound FC).

The US National Team Staff will be in attendance and Division I College coaches
will be conducting some of the training sessions.

Please congratulate Kai and Jake on a job well done
the next time you see them around the club!

Grassroots Teams' Participate in the Clifton Park Tournament Over Columbus Day Weekend
Six teams from Black Watch Premier's grassroots program competed recently in the Clifton Park Fall Classic. BWP Nike (8/9 boys), Griffins (10 boys), Hibernian Black & Gold (11 boys), and Ayr (12 boys) all did a great job in their first competitive tournament event of the year. Nike fought hard all weekend in the U10A division, Griffins went undefeated with a 3-0-1 record in the U10A division, both Hibernian teams were semifinalists in the U12B division, and Ayr were tournament champions in the U12A division.

"The club and the grassroots coaching staff are so proud of the grassroots players for their hard work and drive to improve. It is an exciting time for Black Watch, with our grassroots program continuing to grow, and these grassroots players all do an excellent job representing the club. They work very hard, and we are happy for them that they saw the results of that hard work this weekend." said BWP Director of Grassroots Development, Jake Boland.

Special recognition goes to the BWP Queens Park U10 girls' team, who also participated. The Clifton Park Fall Classic was their first event as an all-female side, and the young ladies found their share of success, going 2-1-1 on the weekend. About the new Queens Park team, Boland commented, "Everybody was so excited for the girls to finally get their own team. Some of them have played in the boys' player pool for three years now, and while that is a great challenge, there is special camaraderie for the young ladies being part of their own group. They had a blast and played well."

Black Watch Premier Giving Campaign

We are proud to kick off our annual giving campaign, which invites community members to make a donation to our club to help fund our youth programs and club scholarships. Your donation helps eager young men and women who have the drive and passion to improve their soccer skills join one of the area’s top clubs. Your donation also helps fund our youth programs which are designed to foster learning and appreciation for the sport. Based on your sponsorship level, we will send you a complimentary gift as a token of our appreciation. You can make your donation online today. As a donor, we feel you should be able to decide where the funds should be allocated. You can choose to donate towards our "need" based fund, which helps bring players into our club that need financial assistance. You can also choose to donate towards our "merit" based fund, which is used to bring players into our club that we feel improve the quality of our club's atmosphere. Together, we can continue to provide a tremendous avenue for growth for youth soccer in the Capital Region. Thank You Steve Freeman, Director of Programming, Black Watch Premier


Black Watch Donates to Albany High School

The Capital Region soccer club Black Watch Premier donated U.S. men's national team warm-ups to the Albany High School boys' varsity soccer team April 30. The warm-ups are the same that the Americans will wear in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The donation was in recognition of the Falcons' success last fall -- they won the Big 10 for the third time in five years and advanced to the Section II Class AA final for the first time in school history. M&T Bank Vice President Michael Whalen, a Black Watch board member, and Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and coach Dave Weiss for the presentation at school.

Black Watch Gives Back

The City Mission of Schenectady serves to the community on a daily basis and emergency shelters for both men and women, as well as women with children. The Blackwatch girls served the community meal Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Black Watch Premier Commits to Grassroots Soccer Players

This is the soccer season, 2013-2014, during which Black Watch Premier has dedicated itself to the grassroots soccer player! As part of its new grassroots soccer program, BWP has begun a 6 years and under, free of charge soccer academy. U6 soccer players, whether they are beginners, intermediates, or otherwise, now play together once per week under the guidance of Black Watch Premier’s professional coaching staff, learning BWP’s curriculum. The program is run by newly appointed Director of Grassroots, Jake Boland, along with the BWP U10 staff. “We started with full time U10 and U8 teams, and those took off. Now, I am so pleased that our Board of Directors has chosen to assume the cost for facility, staffing, equipment, insurance, and shirts for the players.” Boland stated, “This is such a great way to introduce new players to the game and instill in these boys and girls a solid fundamental base of skills. I’m so excited to work with this group.” Players can still join the free of charge U6 academy! The U6 academy currently runs on Wednesday nights, 5-6pm, at the Front Street indoor facility (17 Mohawk Avenue, 12035). This academy will continue to run throughout the school year, moving outside to Union College soccer fields in the spring. Contact Jake Boland (cell: 518.528.3948, email: BWPYouthAcademies@yahoo.com) for more information and answers to any questions.

Black Watch Premier has strong showing at the 2013 Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament.

U17 RANGERS: The Rangers started of the season in the best possible way they could hope for: a complete victory in their showcase group. In frigid conditions, the Rangers took care of business with wins over the Baltimore Bays (MD), Princeton SC (NJ) and STER FC (VA). The Rangers did not concede a single goal in this event with a 2-0, 1-0 and 1-0 posting. Goals scored by Ried Conde, Danny Pierce, Brett Gaughan and Greg Milnarik.

U16 ACADEMICALS: The Academicals stayed true to their name and played smart soccer winning their showcase group. Down 1-0 in their first match against Soccer of Columbia SAC United, the Academicals grouped together and pulled a 2-1 victory. After that, they never looked back with victories over MSC Diplomats (MD) 2-0 and CJFC Barcelona (NJ) 3-1.

U14 MIDLOTHIANS: The Midlothians came out strong and played their way straight to the finals. They posted victories over Princeton SA (NJ) 4-0, Patuxent FA Lions (MD) 1-0 and tied DC Stoddert Metros (VA) 0-0 winning their group and putting them into the finals. The Midlothians played to a 0-0 tie in regulation but gave the winning goal to the eventual champs Bethesda SC (MD) 1-0 in overtime.

EDP Kicks Off 2020 Vision Alignment

What's best for the kids?
That question was the guiding principle this weekend, at the Eastern Development Program's (EDP) Vision Alignment Workshop, which took place on the 22nd & 23rd of February in Princeton, NJ. The EDP Board of Directors were joined by Directors of Coaching from each of the Core Clubs, who traveled from as far away as Connecticut and Maryland. Their purpose was to jointly envision a regional player progression system that would positively impact the lives of young people through soccer, and support the growth of the game in U.S.

"In order for the U.S. to reach our potential as a soccer nation, the youth soccer community needs to work together and create a much more coordinated and collaborative approach to player development," said Tony Williams, EDP Director of Youth Development.

During the weekend, attendees participated in interactive workshops and presentations around three areas of impact, League Development, Player Development and Coaching Development.

"As clubs, we've never had an entity like EDP to bring us together before," said Ray Selvadurai, the Director of Coaching for Manhattan Soccer Club. "It's really a great environment to build trust and learn from each other. This collaboration will make all of our clubs better."

Participants broke into small working groups to discuss some of the challenges they face, learn from each others best practices, and brainstorm long-term player development solutions for the future growth of the game.

EDP Board
Discussions about the development of the league focused on establishing the ideal competitive structure whilst maximizing professionalism and enjoyment. Player development discussions focused on developing a regional player progression system that would provide players with highest level programming opportunities to reach their potential both on and off the field. Coaching development workshops focused on creating a continuing educational support program that would connect EDP coaches with global best practices that could be transferred to impact their local communities.

Presenters included Robin Russell, a UEFA consultant, and Jeff Tipping, the former NSCAA Director of Coaching. "The fact that EDP has invited the club Director's of coaching to give their input is really good," said Tipping. "The ideas coming out of this weekend are going to be very beneficial to players at many different levels."

EDP Meeting
The vision alignment workshop will be followed by a comprehensive strategic planning process. This will include focus groups with players and parents, comprehensive research on best practices of player development, study visits to International professional clubs and Federations, and dialogue with USSF and other leading US soccer organizations to explore strategic alliances and partnerships.

"The common message that we heard was the desire and commitment to work together in developing the most professional and productive player development environment," said Steve Shilling, President of the EDP.

For further details, please contact: Jen Marcella, EDP Director of Operations: jen@mssl.org

Annandale Premier Cup and EDP Agree to Guaranteed Acceptance Program

July 6, 2013 - APC Premier Cup and EDP are pleased to announce the Guaranteed Acceptance Program. APC and EDP have partnered to improve its programs further by strengthening the Cup and providing improved opportunities for EDP teams, who make up the top flights of MSSL. The agreement will guarantee acceptance to Division 1 and qualified Division 2 EDP teams.

Scott Becker, APC Premier Cup Founder, said, "the stability of the APC Boys and Girls Events is cemented and we are well positioned with one of the Top 3 leagues in the Country, providing the event with unprecedented strength and growth moving forward. This partnership could not have come at a better time, as we have not only been the #1 March Boys event in Virginia for the last four years, but one of the go-to events for the Countries Elite teams to kick off their seasons and what better way to enjoy it now then to partner with one of the fastest growing and most highly competitive leagues in the Country."

The tournament committee will spread the EDP teams across the brackets to maximize competitive diversity. This allows EDP teams the opportunity to play some of the most competitive teams from across the nation. The agreement will provide that teams finishing in the top 2 in Division 1 after the fall season will be guaranteed acceptance into the Super Group, teams placing 3rd and 4th will be guaranteed a minimum placement of Premier Group and teams placing 5th through 8th will be guaranteed a minimum placement of Copa Group. In return, all EDP core clubs will have the option to participate in the APC Premier Cup.

Andy Scruton, MSSL board member explains, "This arrangement is very helpful for teams in EDP clubs to be able to plan their seasons far in advance in the knowledge that they will get great competition at a tournament like the APC Premier Cup."

For more information on this agreement please visit www.annandalepremiercup.com or contact Scott Becker at (202) 297-7178. To register for the EDP league, please click here and to register for APC Premier Cup Soccer Events, please visit their website.