WESTFIELD, IN – Westfield Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) begins its first recreational soccer season at Grand Park this Saturday, April 30th. Mayor Andy Cook will be on site at 8 a.m. to welcome the recreational program to Grand Park and help kick off the first games of the spring season on Field 27.
“In addition to serving as an economic development driver for our city, one of the main goals of Grand Park was to be a long-term home for our local youth sports organizations,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “We’re thrilled to be able to host recreational soccer here at Grand Park and welcome many new, young families to Grand Park on a regular basis.”
The WYSA Recreational Soccer program, in partnership with the Indiana Fire Juniors, serves more than 1,500 local youth soccer players each year.
“WYSA is extremely excited that our recreational program can now enjoy the same first class facilities that our travel program has enjoyed the last two years,” said Mark Webber, Executive Director of Indiana Fire Juniors. “We look forward to growing our program alongside the growth that is happening now around the Grand Park complex and the City of Westfield. We couldn’t do this without the first class support of the City of Westfield and the tireless efforts of all of our volunteers.”
Recreational soccer focuses on developing and nurturing a love for soccer in a family friendly atmosphere. The program is open to anyone from age 4 to 18. Volunteer coaches generously share their time and talents to mentor young players both on and off the field.
While travel tournaments are the primary draw for visitors to Grand Park, a large number of local youth athletes use the fields on a regular basis. Last year, 1,438 local kids participated in baseball, softball, football and lacrosse through Westfield Youth Sports (WYSI). Through Indiana Fire Juniors and WYSA recreational soccer, 2,600 local kids play soccer at Grand Park.
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About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will open in summer 2016, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are projected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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