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Back in October when Dakota Alliance Soccer Club signed an agreement to be Minnesota United's first Alliance Club Member, there was a lot of excitement at both clubs. We’re already seeing the benefits, and it’s much more than just the MNUFC logo on our uniform’s left sleeve.
On Wednesday, January 3, DASC and MNUFC Academy hosted a parent education night at the Sanford Pentagon. Simon Almaer, MNUFC Academy Mental Skills Coach from Premier Sports Psychology, delivered an interactive presentation to a room full of eager DASC parents. The reviews from attendees leaving the event were extremely positive. Parents were impressed by the professionalism and detail that the MNUFC staff presented.
U11 parent, Sarah Steffen summed up the evening perfectly saying "I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed and took awar from the parent meeting. I loved all the positive reminders, even if it was things I strive for daily. One thing that I rook home and we are implementing is the idea of the APE score, asking your child to rate their attitude, preparedness and effort with school, life events, soccer, etc."
Frank Gurnick, DASC Director of Coaching, describes the visit: “From my vantage point, the initial ‘kick-off’ was a smashing success. To see all the parents and coaches who took advantage of the opportunity more than supports the efforts of everyone who has worked to create this relationship. The organization and professionalism was appreciated by all in attendance. I have heard nothing but positive comments and a desire for more. We look forward to this affiliation an all that it can do to continue to be progressive in its programming and curriculum.”
The following evening, MNUFC Academy Director Tim Carter and Youth Programs Technical Coordinator Joe Burger conducted coach education sessions at the Sanford Pentagon and Fieldhouse. The sessions were a combination of classroom and on-field instruction to DASC Competitive Coaches and a number of Recreational Coaches. It was highly beneficial, and gave the DASC Coaches an opportunity to learn from MNUFC Academy’s experienced staff.
There were also a number of meetings and round tables between DASC and MNUFC Academy that will help shape the future of the relationship. The discussions included collaboration between marketing, club services, best practices, etc.
DASC Competitive Director, Ben Gaddis said, "The parent education and coach education sessions were a great way to kick off our relationship with Minnesota United. They will be the first of many opportunities for coaches, players, and parents to benefit from this alliance."
The relationship between Dakota Alliance and MNUFC has been created with several tangible objectives clearly in mind. “We wanted this relationship to be one that positively affects player, coach and club development”, said Academy Director, Tim Carter. “During the many discussions we had with the DASC leadership, everyone involved agreed that the most important aspect of the relationship was about delivering practical programming that would jointly influence club growth and technical development.”
The visit by Minnesota United was a big success, helping further solidify the relationship between the two clubs. This Alliance is another example of how DASC is #morethanaclub. The future is very exciting for DASC and MNUFC Academy.
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Dakota Alliance Soccer Club
401 West 39th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Mobile Phone: 605-332-5911