The Boston Bolts and Strikers United announced a strategic partnership effective June 4, 2018! Strikers United and the Boston Bolts share the same desire to develop elite soccer players while keeping kids playing in their own community for as long as possible. This alliance will allow the sharing of expertise and best practices in the areas of curriculum and training, coaching education, and overall player development.
Brian Ainscough, the Executive Director of the Bolts said, “Our relationship with Strikers United shows our commitment to having young players play in their own community. It makes for a better experience for everyone involved. Over many years, we have had numerous talented players from the Acton/Boxborough area playing for the Bolts all the way through the Academy. It made total sense to work alongside Mitch and the Strikers United leadership. Mitch has built an excellent premier program in the Acton/Boxborough area. Sharing ideas and best practices will only help both of our clubs grow in the future.”
The complete player pathway, that only the Boston Bolts can provide, will give Strikers United players the best opportunity to achieve their greatest potential in this sport. The talented Strikers United teams will now compete in the New England Premiership (NEP). The partnership with the Boston Bolts also provides Strikers United’s most talented and passionate athletes the avenue to the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and the US Soccer Development Academy (DA).
“I am very pleased and excited to be part of this new strategic partnership” says Mitch Doherty, the Director of Coaching for Strikers United (pictured above with Bolts Technical Director, Marco Koolman) “the leadership team of the Boston Bolts clearly demonstrated that they share the same values and philosophies as we do at Strikers United, when it comes to the development of soccer players. This partnership will instantly open up a wider range of opportunities for all our players and help to keep players within our community.”
“The benefits and value added for all players in the Strikers United program are immense, we will now have a clearly defined soccer pathway to the highest levels of play, our players will now be part of one the top college recruiting programs in the country and we will have unlimited access to resources and additional programs. The partnership signals some very exciting times ahead for all stakeholders.”