Youth soccer club offers new program

Academy-style training will pair preschool children with coaches

— “The dome is already being funded through our partnership, so that isn’t the reason at all,” said Martelle. “This is just a perceived need and something we’re hearing other club members would like. If the organization grows because of this, then at least we are keeping kids involved and engaged in the process.”

For years, the Bethlehem Soccer Club had attempted to build an indoor soccerplex on its own. In June, the organization announced it would be partnering with Afrim Nezaj, owner of two other Capital District soccer facilities, to build an indoor soccer dome. The partnership would mean both the club and Nezaj would pay for the facility to be built. After construction, day-to-day operations would be left to Nezaj, with the Bethlehem Soccer Club acting as a landlord. The project is now before the town’s Planning Board.

A meeting will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Central Middle School to highlight how the program will work.

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