March 28, 2019 | Issue 2

Dear Carolina Velocity, FC Families,

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly club newsletter. Here, you’ll find the latest club news and highlights. Take a few minutes to read about what’s happening this week at Carolina Velocity, FC.
Weekend Roundup!
It was another busy weekend for Carolina Velocity! Teams from every age group were in action over a soccer-filled Saturday and Sunday against the Lazers, SCS and Wayne County.

Notes From The Field:
Academy players travelled to Clinton to play games vs. Sampson County Soccer Club and Wayne County United Soccer Club . Fantastic soccer was on show and some highly notable U8 and U9 performances.

The U8 Liverpool team won their first of two games. The players focused on positioning and delivered some great goals for the win. U9 City played excellent soccer, passing and moving the ball very well. U11 White also booked their first win of the season! We were very pleased with the effort and smart decision-making on the field.

CVFC ‘00 team were comfortable winners in a 5-0 win. Dillon Little controlled the game well in midfield and was the driving force that allowed the attacking players to flourish in front of goal. 
Action Shots From the Pitch
CVFC '01 Reds In Action
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CVFC U11 Reds Battle CVFC U12 White

April 1 - Practice Location Change!
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Spring has sprung! More daylight means we can practice into the evening without field lighting. Starting April 1, only teams that regularly practice at East Cary on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are moving over to WakeMed Soccer Park .

Check your TeamSnap account for practice times and field numbers.
On the Field This Weekend: March 30-31
U12 White
3/31 Youngsville - CVFC U12 White vs. YAKS

U14 Red
3/30 Raleigh - CVFC U14 Red vs. YAKS
3/31 Raleigh - CVFC U14 Red vs. EYSA

U16 Red
3/30 Garner - CVFC U16 Red vs Lazers
3/30 Garner - CVFC U16 Red vs YAKS
College and Beyond!
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Is your player heading off to college in 2020? We are here to help! One great benefit of playing for Carolina Velocity, FC is that our coaches have extensive networks and connections at universities and professional soccer programs across the U.S. and the U.K. Please reach out to us and let us know if your child plans to play collegiate-level soccer. We are happy to help further the soccer careers of Carolina Velocity, FC players.
Coaches Corner
Get to know our incredible coaches ! Learn a bit about their background and how they inspire our young players. This week, we are highlighting Coach Barrie , CVFC Academy Director and coach. Barrie grew up playing soccer in the ultra-competitive, high-stakes English Academy system. Read about his incredible journey, and you’ll see why our kids are so fortunate to have a former player and coach of his caliber on our staff.

            I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old, mostly just with my dad and friends from school. I quickly became obsessed with the sport. I always had a ball at my feet. My mom would get annoyed with me when I would take a ball around the grocery stores whilst she was shopping. 

           I began playing for my local club team when I was 8 years old. After a few weeks, I was asked to play up an age as I was a bit further ahead than the other boys on my team. I was always a small kid so by playing up against bigger boys was a good challenge for me, and the experience quickly toughened me up. Soon after, I was scouted and played for the Watford FC Soccer Academy . I trained three times a week at Watford and twice per week with my local club team. I played for my school team during the week before evening practices, then, I played for my local team on Saturdays and Watford on Sundays.

           After 18 months, Watford offered me a 3-year Academy contract. During a club soccer tournament, I was scouted by Arsenal FC, and invited to the Arsenal stadium for practice the next week. After a 2-week trial I was offered a 3-year Academy contract with Arsenal. At the time, the Arsenal Academy was the best in the country, so I was excited for the opportunity! As happy as I was to play for Arsenal, the opportunity was a bittersweet tradeoff for me as a young kid because I could no longer play alongside my mates in my local club or my school team.

           As soccer parents and coaches, we know all too well, the significant family commitment our sport requires. In my case, my Mum took me on the train to London four evenings a week. We met my Dad at Highbury train station as he worked around the area. I had two-hour practices 4 nights a week, and we played other Academy teams every weekend. I stayed at Arsenal for 6 years. 

           After leaving Arsenal at the age of 17, I played semi-professional soccer for Stevenage FC and then Ware FC . I took college courses and focused on earning my coaching licenses. 

           Growing up in a high-level, professional soccer environment was vital to my development as a player, and the experience significantly influenced my own work as a coach. I always said that when I stopped playing, I would love to coach, so that I can share my knowledge and experience, and have a positive impact on kids. Watching kids grow as players and as young people under my guidance, is a wonderful thing to be able to do. 

           Although I retired from playing very early (age 25), my love for coaching has always remained. My advice to our Carolina Velocity, FC players this week, is always the same. "Practice as you play. Practice with high intensity in order to improve all the time."
Check out Barrie's former stomping grounds ...
Extras
One-on-One Training Sessions
Weekly individual training sessions are available with the Velocity coaches. Tune-up on technique and get individual, (or small-group) personalized instruction. Contact your coach today!
Club Spirit
Carolina Velocity Club Gear Now Available!
Hoodies, backpacks and more! Check out the latest and greatest Carolina Velocity, FC apparel . Support our club and look sharp, doing it!
Social Media
Have you seen our updated website ? Let us know what you think! We also have a brand-new Instagram page that provides you with the latest action shots and video. Please email your videos and photos to james@carolinavelocity.com to be featured on the page. Big shout out to the Carolina Velocity U11 White who have been gathering up game footage that will be posted online soon.

Volunteer Opportunities
We are looking for volunteers to help in our mission to provide a top quality soccer club. Thank you very much to all team managers who do a fantastic job in assisting our coaches. If you are interested in volunteering (photographer, writer, organizing team snacks at games, etc.) please contact your coach.

Stay In Touch
We want to hear from you! Communication is key to our success. If you have any ideas, photos, comments or suggestions for the newsletter, please submit your ideas to info@carolinavelocity.com.