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Help Empower Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Next Gen USA Scholarship Fund

All children deserve to live happy and healthy lives. Help make a difference in a child's life by supporting the Next Gen USA Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to NGUSA student-athletes who have demonstrated need and/or face a variety of socio-economic barriers that limit their pursuit of secondary educational opportunities. The Fund also offers financial aid counseling and 'last dollar' scholarships to help fill the gap when all other sources of financial aid have been exhausted. Currently, every student enrolled receives financial assistance – please join us in continuing this support in 2017 and for future pupils to join the family.

90% of every dollar contributed will be used to assist children enrolled in the Leadership Academy and applied towards the cost of tuition, educational supplies and other learning materials that are necessary for study in the Next Gen USA Leadership Academy.

Contributions received on or before December 31, 2016 will be directed towards the Next Gen USA Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students and families participating in one or more of Next Gen USA soccer educational programs.

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Ex Arsenal FC Head of Youth Coaching Joins Next Gen USA

Next Gen USA have announced that highly regarded coach and youth development expert, Terry Burton, has joined Next Gen USA as an International Development Consultant. Burton’s impressive experience includes being Head of Coaching at Arsenal F.C, under Arsene Wenger. Technical Director of West Bromwich Albion. First Team Manager at Wimbledon F.C., First Team coach at Cardiff City and Reading, and most recently, Technical Scout for the England National Team.

In alignment with Next Gen USA’s developmental purpose of supporting U.S. Soccer’s identification and development of promising young players, Burton’s role will initially focus on the following three impact objectives:

  • Research and implementation of global best practices in how national associations are bridging the gap between club and country for elite young players
     
  • Working with Next Gen USA Select Squads & Next Gen Leadership Academy to create development pathway opportunities with top European professional clubs
     
  • Working closely with Next Gen USA Technical Director, Jeff Bookman, to design and develop a Grassroots Club Support Program.

“I have known Terry for a very long time. His appointments with the clubs and managers he has worked with shows just how well he is respected at the highest level of the game in England. It is also a testament to the work that is going on at Next Gen USA that Terry has agreed to offer his advice and support to our programs. We are delighted to have him on board,” said Jeff Bookman. Burton spent last week coaching students at the Next Gen Leadership Academy. He also took time to visit local Emerging Talent Centers and address players & parents at Next Gen’s District Development Festival.

Burton quoted, “In the week that I spent with Next Gen, I saw for myself what I had been hearing for quite a while back home, and that is how much talent there is in the USA! I fully support Next Gen’s best-with-best initiative, because it definitely helps accelerate the development of the most promising players. The enthusiasm and participation that the young players showed for Next Gen’s off-the-field Character of Champions program was among the highlights of my short visit, and is something I think should be embraced by all clubs focused on Youth Development.”    

 

To learn more about Next Gen USA Youth Development Initiatives visit www.nextgenusa.org To nominate players or find out how your organization can benefit please contact Tony Williams tony@nextgenusa.org

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Josh Noble is October's Winner of The Character of Champion in Action Award!

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Josh Noble is October's Winner of The Character of Champion in Action Award!

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Feeding The Needs of Others!  

Josh Noble awarded the first
“Character of Champions”  in Action Award!

We are so delighted to be receiving so much feedback from parents about the positive impact that The Character of Champions workshops are having on their sons and daughters. We have decided that we are going to create a monthly recognition award for Acts of Character shown by NextGen players!
 
Our Congratulations and respect goes to Josh Noble from Lehigh Valley United. Please read Josh’s story below and invite players, coaches & parents to send nominations for October’s Character of a Champion Award to me, 
tony@nextgenusa.org, by Sunday October 25th.
 
Completely out of the blue, a few weekends ago, Josh asked his parents if he could help raise donations for the local charity food pantry as he had read that they were running very low. The Flemington Area Food Pantry (http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/) is a volunteer organization founded to provide food and personal care items to needy families of Hunterdon County.
 
Josh asked the local Shop Rite to help donate carrier bags and paper bags to help with this. He drafted and printed over 200 flyers and attached these to the bags. Josh then knocked on hundreds of doors to personally request donations, and for those interested or those not in he left a bag. He collected the bags with the help of his mom a few days later from each house, which had left them as, requested.
 
In the end he managed to collect and donated 80 bags of food to help needy families. All of this took him the entire weekend!

 
 
Well Played Josh – You've truly demonstrated  The Character of a Champion.
 

Again, to nominate October’s NextGen Character of a Champion please send a brief story outlining the Act of Character demonstrated by the player who must be in a NextGen Program by Sunday October 25th to tony@nextgenusa.org.
 
Thanks for your Support; together we can make a difference.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Tony
 
Tony Williams
Director of Youth Development

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