The Spring 2017 soccer season will open on Saturday, April 14th. Registration for the spring season for both players and volunteers opens on January 15th. Game times and locations for games in the spring will be the following:
Fundraising Underway for New Main Stadium Field at the GDRHS
Over the past year, a group of concerned Groton and Dunstable residents formed a non-profit charity called GDatPLAY to drive a private fundraising effort for the renovation of the Groton Dunstable Regional High School’s main stadium athletic field. The playing surface within the stadium complex is currently sub-par compared to other similar playing surfaces across the state and visiting teams often refuse to play games on this field as a result of their condition. GDatPlay has worked diligently over the past several months with qualified athletic field construction engineers and other town officials to redesign the complex and get approval from the Groton Regional School District for the replacement of the current natural grass surface with a state of the art, environmentally friendly, synthetic surface. This project is now officially known within the Groton Dunstable Regional School District as the "FIELDS RENOVATIONS PROJECT" at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Main Stadium. The unique aspect of this capital project is that it is a public/private partnership between the non-profit entity, GDatPlay, and the Groton Dunstable Regional School District. The Groton Dunstable Regional School District has unanimously approved and authorized this project and will be overseeing the project while GDatPlay is responsible for soliciting and collecting private donations from Groton and Dunstable residents to fund the entire cost of the project. The new complex will be responsibly engineered with the New England environment in mind and it will bring a sustaining 25 year asset to the community that will positively affect thousands of our present and future high school student’s lives.
GDatPlay representatives are actively fundraising in order to raise the remaining $650,000 required to complete the project and they have a goal of completing the fundraising as soon as possible so that the field renovation project can be completed in 2017. Once the requisite funds are raised by GDatPlay to cover the full cost of the project, they will be gifted to the Groton Dunstable Regional School District for the completion of the project.
As members of the board of the Groton Dunstable Youth Soccer Club, we are excited about having a complex in Groton and Dunstable that will allow us to train and play games earlier in the spring season when our grass fields are unavailable and throughout the season for special events and games. We also are committed to supporting the construction of a playing surface for our current and future GDRHS student-athletes that will be safe, sustainable and supportive of all of their athletic and other extra-curricular uses. Please join us in investing in this community asset by making a donation today by going to GDATPLAY.NET.
And, if you have any additional questions, please reach out to any of us directly or click on this ABOUT US link. Thank you.
GDYSC signs cooperative agreement with NEFC to form local region
The GDYSC Board is excited to announce that we have joined in a three year cooperative agreement with the New England Futbol Club (NEFC) to create a new NEFC region based out of Groton, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire. The region is called NEFC World Cup and is a collaboration between NEFC, World Cup Soccer of Greater Nashua (World Cup), and the Groton Dunstable Youth Soccer Club (GDYSC). NEFC’s Bob Thompson, World Cup's Dan Wyborney and GDYSC’s Chris Davey will co-direct the region. The NEFC World Cup region will begin fielding NEFC Boys and Boston Breakers Girls teams for the start of the fall 2017-18 club season, with tryouts to be announced for early June.
The creation of this NEFC World Cup region represents the alignment of three like-minded organizations that value player development, promotion of town soccer participation, affordability and training close to home. This first of a kind cooperative agreement for the GDYSC will allow interested players and families within our town soccer program (which remains committed to providing local competitive and recreational soccer programs for players of all ages and abilities), optional, local access to one of the premier soccer clubs in New England which is committed to providing the highest level of youth soccer training and development at the regional and national level. The GDYSC will continue to operate independently from NEFC World Cup and continue to focus on providing community based soccer programs for players of all ages and abilities. However, as part of this collaboration, we will now actively promote the NEFC World Cup region as the top local entry point into the NEFC and Boston Breakers regional and national developmental pyramid.
Over the past several years, we have seen a growing number of GDYSC players also register to play on teams that are affiliated with elite regional club soccer programs. Until now, there has been no proactive collaboration between our town program and any of these other programs, often leading to conflicting schedules and priorities that forced players and parents to choose between participation in one program or the other on a weekly basis. Through this collaboration, the three entities will work closely together to minimize conflicts between the various programs, provide local facilities for training and games, and encourage player participation in both their GDYSC and NEFC World Cup weekly training sessions and games.
The GDYSC Pre-K to Grade 2 level teams will continue to play in-town and our Grade 3/4 to Grade 11/12 teams will continue to play locally in the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League. All GDYSC games for players on our Pre K to Grade 7/8 teams will continue to be on Saturdays. For those players U8 and older that tryout and are selected to play on an NEFC World Cup team as well, they will play on teams made up of players from across the region in the New England Premiership League (NEP) which plays the majority of their games on Sundays.
The evaluation process and registration process for the GDYSC and NEFC World Cup will remain separate and there will be no obligation on the part of any GDYSC player to also roster on an NEFC World Cup team. However, those that tryout and are selected to play on an NEFC World Cup team will have access to the following additional benefits:
Two additional training sessions and an additional game per week in the New England Premiership League (NEP) in the fall and spring seasons
Participation in the fall and spring NEFC tournaments
Participation in 1-2 other regional or national tournaments
Access to weekly skills clinics for all NEFC club members (i.e. goalkeeper clinics, Friday afternoon skills clinics, etc.)
A professional coaching staff made up of coaches from local colleges, private schools and high schools (e.g UMass Lowell, others)
One training session per week during the winter off-season along with the ability to participate in an NEFC sponsored futsal league and club-wide playoffs (available for U8 –U12 players) and an invitation to play in the Martin Luther King Day Futsal Jamboree (available for all U8 – U12 players)
The ability to be selected to play on cross-region, NEFC-wide elite teams that compete in the NPL for regional and national titles and also participate in various club-sponsored, regional and national college showcase tournaments
The ability to play in the NEFC players-only Boys and Girls College Showcase for Sophomores and Juniors (which over 75 college coaches attended this past winter)
The ability to play in the Prep School Showcase and School Fair for (6th-8th graders only). Over 50 private schools from all over New England attended this past winter.
Attendance at College Nights which are regional seminars open to all NEFC players and families geared toward explaining the college recruiting process as well as providing access to the SportSource college software – (available for freshman, sophomores and juniors)
The ability to be selected to participate in the Fall, Winter and Spring Identification Clinics for the US Soccer Development Academy
The ability to apply for need based scholarships (over $100,000 in scholarships will be given out in 2017/18)
Season tickets to the Boston Breakers (players on NEFC World Cup girls teams only)
A summer Coaches Workshop (which is open to all GDYSC coaches as well)
A full time Sports Scientist & Goalkeeping Director that is designing a program for each region
We are really excited about this collaborative agreement and feel strongly that it will provide a myriad of training and development options for our players of all ages and abilities. If you have questions or would like more information, please direct your inquiries to Chris Davey, the GDYSC President at
or Bob Thompson, the co-Director of the NEFC World Cup region at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also will be holding an information session in the coming weeks for all GDYSC players and families to share more specifics about this collaboration and answer any questions you might have.
The GDYSC has decided to make Concussion Awareness Trainingmandatory for all of our coaches. There are two training sites that we expect all coaches to review prior to the season. They are the following: