A brief history:
· 1977 - Formed to provide area youth with a fun, safe recreational soccer league
· 1993 - Became the first club to offer small-sided games
· 1995 - Tim Clark formed the competitive program called STARS
· 2003 – Peter Vermes hired to serve as BVSC’s Technical Director
· 2004 – Chris Duke and Jon Parry merged their Nomads organization with BVSC to further add technical expertise to the club
· 2009 – The Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex – comprised of 12 lighted, regulation size synthetic turf fields - opened in Sept. ’09 and became the training facility for the club. The BVSC offices moved to the fieldhouse of the complex.
· 2011 – BVSC becomes a club affiliate of Kansas City’s MLS team, SPORTING KC
· 2012 – KCFC and BVSC merged and re-branded the club as SPORTING Blue Valley now under the Blue Valley Soccer Club organization
· The recreational program is still SPORTING Blue Valley’s largest program involving thousands of players and hundreds of volunteers in the roles of coaches, assistant coaches and administrators. Teams are formed for Pre-K through High School aged players.
· The premier program is unique as it is a tiered system. Teams are formed based on player ability. Some age groups may have three premier teams, while other age groups have many more. Where there are players with a similar skill set, a team is formed. Teams are the tiered within that age group. Team ranking does not always mean the same ranking in league, however. For example, a team tiered second within SPORTING Blue Valley may play in Division 1 in their age group in league play, while the first ranked SPORTING Blue Valley team may play up an age group. Each age group and each team is matched with the best possible league/division to be competitive based on the skill level of that particular team. In addition, as the system is tiered and player’s abilities may change throughout the year, this allows players to move up a team or guest play on a higher division SPORTING Blue Valley team, as determined by the coaching personnel.
· Programming has expanded over the years to include:
o YoungSTARS – soccer fun for preschoolers
o Future SPORTING – taste of competitive soccer for 1st & 2nd graders
o Skills Club – soccer skill-building program for Pre-K to 6th graders
o Camps – Recreational Camps, Pre-Tryout, Pre-Season
o Goalkeeping Camps and Goalkeeping Training – geared especially for this unique position
and the newest addition TEAMSoccer - for players with physical and/or mental disabilities