Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Announces New Multi-Year Partnership With Nike for Exclusive Apparel & Equipment

Plymouth Meeting, PA – January 22, 2013 – Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and Nike, Inc. have entered into a new, four-year partnership that will provide exclusive, apparel and equipment coverage for all of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer programs.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nike will be the official supplier for apparel and equipment for all programs highlighted by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Olympic Developmental Program and Coaching Education program. Also benefitting from the partnership are the state association’s residential camps, day camps and technical training as well as outreach programs.  Nike will also supply the official game ball of the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cups, the crowning achievement for youth soccer teams each spring.

“Partnering with a great brand such as Nike, is nothing but positive,” said Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. “We are proud to be one of a limited number of Nike’s youth soccer partners nationally. In sharing the same brand with US Soccer, we chose to strategically brand ourselves and align our primary programs with our national governing body. Partnerships such as this also assist us to keep our fees low which may allow for more kids to experience soccer in their communities.”

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer emphasizes player development, identification, inclusion and advancement of the top male and female soccer players in Eastern Pennsylvania through the Olympic Development Program. Eastern Pennsylvania ODP has produced several US National team players over the years including current US Women’s National Team goalkeeper, Nicole Barnhart and former players such as Bobby Convey and Ben Olsen.  Teams from Eastern Pennsylvania consistently reach the finals at the US Youth Soccer National Championships, including current U18 Girls Champions, FC Pennsylvania Strikers.

Nike Soccer is proud to partner with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. We look forward to working together on creative programs and providing innovative performance product,” said Joe Elsmore, Director of North American Soccer Sports Marketing.

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has designated Angelo’s Soccer Corner, one of the country’s leading soccer specialty stores, as the exclusive retailer partner for this agreement.  Angelo’s, based in Lancaster, PA, has six locations throughout the eastern part of the state.

About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer: 
Since 1972, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania’s 15 counties to promote foster, and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth.  Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, each year Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19.  Additional information is available at http://www.EPYSA.org.