NEWSBRIEF: Soccer group adopts new mission statement

North Suburban Soccer Association announced a new mission statement.

The mission statement is “to give all youth soccer players a place to belong — one club committed to strengthening character, enriching community and advancing skills through the electricity of competition,” according to a press release from the organization.

By approving the new mission statement, NSSA is pushing back against a trend in U.S. youth soccer toward declining participation levels fueled by hyper-competitive environments and skyrocketing costs.

“As a club, we recognized a shift happening in youth sports toward clubs that focus only on developing elite players. It’s an atmosphere that leaves too many players behind,” says club president Mike Meloch. “There’s nothing wrong with being competitive and we have many elite teams that compete with the best in the region or country. But we believe soccer, like no other sport, is a game that brings everyone together through the spirt of competition. That’s why it’s important to affirm that everyone has a place at NSSA.”

NSSA serves over 1,000 competitive, recreational and junior academy players, ages 3 through 18, across the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The club will mark its upcoming 50-year anniversary by increasing its emphasis on community outreach, coach development, player safety and experience, inclusivity and partnerships — five pillars of NSSA’s strategic goals.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce our new mission,” says Meloch. “As a club, we’re excited to keep the priority on the kids. We want to give every young person the exact right environment that meets them where they are. We believe we can help every player learn, grow and have fun — regardless of who they are, where they live or how fast they can run.”

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