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Work is continuing on FC Boulder's Sports Performance Center, which is scheduled for a soft opening Aug. 18 in Lafayette.
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Work is continuing on FC Boulder’s Sports Performance Center, which is scheduled for a soft opening Aug. 18 in Lafayette.

For some time now, the FC Boulder soccer organization has been one of the fastest-growing youth programs in the city, and that’s not just including sports-oriented programs.

This summer, the administration at FC Boulder is keeping the growth moving at a steady pace with multiple big-time initiatives in the works.

Possibly the biggest of FC Boulder’s current undertakings is the construction of a new facility, which will be dubbed FC Boulder’s Sports Performance Center and is scheduled for a soft opening on Aug. 18.

“The great thing about it is that we can put our kids on the field all year round,” FC Boulder executive director Adam Hayes said. “We’ll be able to train all year on smaller fields and work on strength, speed and injury prevention at the performance center. It gives us more tools to help create better players, which is what we’re trying to do at all levels.”

FC Boulder’s Sports Performance Center will be located on the corner of Highway 287 and Baseline Road in Lafayette. Replacing an old gymnastics center, the new facility will house three fields for futsal, an increasingly popular version of soccer that is play five against five on a smaller field to increase the number of touches and skills required for each player.The organization’s new digs will also include a 2000 square foot athletic performance center.

“We’re super psyched about it because it’s a game-changer to have a practice facility like this one,” Hayes said.

FC Boulder is also expanding its Players’ Cup tournament this year.

Rated the No. 1 tournament in Colorado by GotSoccer.com last year, the fourth annual Players’ Cup will include 348 teams competing from U9-U14 boys and U9-U18 girls. The tournament will be headquartered at Pleasant View Soccer Fields in Boulder and games will also be played at East Boulder Recreation Center, Sandstone Ranch in Longmont, Broomfield Commons and Twin Peaks Park in Longmont.

“The tournament didn’t even exist in 2011 and now we’ve had to expand to 350 teams and five different venues,” Hayes said. “It’s also expanded to include a lot of out-of-state teams, which is unusual because club teams usually do most of their travel in the spring and the early summer.”

Lastly, the FC Boulder administrators, coaches and players got together for a community service day on Aug. 7. The varied projects the group undertook included picking up trash along Boulder Creek near Boulder High School and Summit Middle School, as well as seeding, soil and mulching projects at Pleasant View Soccer Fields.

“It was our first time doing it and we hope it turns into a tradition,” Hayes said. “We have the manpower to put about 600-800 hours back into the community so any time we can help, we feel like we can do a lot of good.”

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com

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