For years, the NE YMCA ran a solid youth soccer program out at LBJ park. Back in 2004 nearly 300 children played soccer for the Y. But due to budget cuts and deterioration of the fields only 70 children played in 2011. That is all about to change. The YMCA is dedicated to bring the Y soccer program back to life. With the help of the Crocketteers FC and a new NE director of fields, a new vision to improve the fields is underway. Crocketteers FC has begun the process to upgrade the upper field at the complex. The goal is to first repair the sprinkler system which has leaky valves and needs new sprinkler heads. Next the field will be surveyed, dirt will be spread to level the field, rocks will be removed and new grass will be planted. Later, a fence will be installed to protect the field. Eventually, the Crocketteers hope to raise enough money to place lights on the field so that night games and practices can be played.
The goal is to have the field ready for play by the spring soccer season. The Crocketteers FC has also pledged to help grow the YMCA program by conducting free soccer clinics for the youth. ” We are dedicated to growing the game here at the Y” said James Hope, a youth soccer coach with Crocketteers FC. “We want to see these fields return to their former state of glory. What would be better than seeing 100’s of children playing soccer and having fun on a Saturday afternoon?” With a little bit money and a lot of hard work, the dreams of the YMCA and Crocketteers FC will be rolling in no time.