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Jul, 2021

Bulldogs SC Added as NJYS Member Club through Innovate to Grow Initiative

Richard Leister, NJYS Contributor

NJ Youth Soccer Extends Community Outreach via Innovate to Grow Grant from U.S. Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer has officially announced the addition of Bulldogs SC as a member club through its Innovate to Grow community outreach. The Innovate to Grow Fund was introduced by the U.S. Soccer Federation in pursuit of its mission to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. The initiative seeks to develop underserved soccer communities, with an overall focus on building the sport at the grassroots level.

“We are thrilled to see the progress that NJYS has made using the ITG grant in the past two years,” said US Soccer President Cindy Cone. “The work that NJYS and all of our members do continues to be invaluable as we strive to grow our game for all.”

Based in Old Bridge, Bulldogs SC started as a simple idea between friends and brothers who wanted to continue to create memories through the game. To the organization’s surprise, their simple idea has since grown from an adult program into an entire community featuring six adult teams, 10 youth teams, a recreation program and a puppy program for 2-4 year old kids. Highlighted by its remarkable growth over the year, everyone is proud to be a Bulldog at the club and believes in its culture that club is family.

“Soccer has given me so many opportunities in my life, and I want to give back to soccer in our community,” explained Edgar Dinten, President of Bulldogs SC.

Bulldogs SC is excited by their membership with NJ Youth Soccer, as they believe that the support will help to deliver on their vision of a family-oriented and community-focused atmosphere where players, parents and coaches are proud to develop and enjoy the game of soccer. With the support of NJ Youth Soccer, Bulldogs SC introduced its recreation program this past spring and looks to continue expanding its offerings with the assistance of the state association.

“It was great working with Edgar, assessing the needs of their new Recreation and Puppy Program, and seeing how NJYS could help with our resources through U.S. Soccer’s ITG Grant,” said David Ricca, NJYS ITG Project Consultant. “I am looking forward to seeing this exciting new opportunity for players in the Old Bridge area.”

As a private club in its first year of operation, and amidst the global pandemic, Bulldogs SC struggled with finding suitable fields for training and games each week, but this did not deter the organization from continuing to work hard and find solutions for their athletes. Despite the difficulties, there were still positive developments within the club, as the Director of Coaching has taken a more hands-on approach to assist and encourage coaching education within the club. For example, leading up to the spring season, Bulldogs SC encouraged all of their recreation coaches to begin the season by taking part in the NJYS-sponsored Grassroots Certification.

With similar views to NJ Youth Soccer on recreation programming, as well as coaching and parent education, Bulldogs SC believes that NJYS membership will help to accomplish their goal of soccer being celebrated and enjoyed by everyone associated with the club.

For more information about Innovate to Grow, please contact David Ricca, NJYS Innovate to Grow Consultant, at [email protected]. To contact New Jersey Youth Soccer, please email [email protected]. Also make sure to follow us on social media: @NJYouthSoccer

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