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Kansas City,
11
July
2016

Sporting Club, U.S. Soccer and Children's Mercy break ground on National Training and Coaching Development Center

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Sporting Club, U.S. Soccer and Children’s Mercy broke ground Sunday, July 10 on the National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The NTCDC will provide a world-class environment to develop players, coaches, and referees of all ages.

“We would like to thank the State of Kansas, the Unified Government, U.S. Soccer and Children’s Mercy for all of their strong efforts in making this a truly transformational project for soccer in this region,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. “The National Training and Coaching Development Center is an extremely important asset in growing our soccer program and attaining our goal of winning World Cups. This also solidifies our position of Kansas City being the soccer capital of America.”

Set to open in November 2017 at the southeast corner of Parallel Parkway and 98th Street in Wyandotte County, the NTCDC is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a professional sports team, a national sports federation and a first-class sports medicine provider. The site will be home to the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Education Center – providing a permanent, national home for the education of coaches and referees — and the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, which will offer a full range of sports medicine services, resources and programming for youth athletes in all sports.

The NTCDC will accommodate clubs and national teams at the youth and senior levels from around the world, also serving as the new state-of-the-art training home for the Sporting Kansas City first team.

“Sporting Kansas City and Children’s Mercy share a passion and commitment to improving the health of our region’s youth,” said Randall O’Donnell, PhD, President and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “We are proud that the National Training and Coaching Development Center will house the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. The state-of-the-art facility will serve Sporting KC Academy players as well as offering pediatric-specific sports medicine services, resources and programming for youth and adolescents in all sports, not just soccer. We’re thrilled this partnership will extend our reach to ensure that education, training and access to pediatric-trained sports medicine specialists are available to young people, parents and coaches.”

Read the full story via Sporting KC.

Learn more about Children's Mercy's partnership with Sporting KC.