Freeport Village Fútbol Club continues to win | Herald Community Newspapers

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On the green grass of a field in the northeast sector of Freeport, neighborhood children scream, run, throw soccer balls into the goals and win championships.

They’re the kids of the Freeport Village Fútbol Club, which started in 2015 with nine traveling teams for kids ages 9-19. In that first year, their two women’s teams won the 2015 Long Island Cup championship for each of their age divisions at the Stony Brook home ground. The Freeport Lady Lightning, aged 12-13, and the Freeport Lady Stingrays, aged 14-15, were both coached by Alex and Sonia Dixon.

“The Freeport Village Fútbol Club is a non-profit football organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of its young people through football at all levels,” said Sonia Dixon, who is also a member of the board of directors. club member. “We have dedicated and passionate volunteer coaches who provide a professional, safe and positive soccer environment while developing talented young players. »

Their talent pool is very local. Most of the children come from the northeast area of ​​Freeport. Some of them walk along Merrick Road from the new Moxey Rigby apartment complex. Others walk from further afield, cycle or are carried by family members.

Their teams practice at the Cleveland Avenue Athletic Field, also known as the Buffalo Avenue Field because its nine acres are located between these two streets. The land has served Freeport’s public schools since 1949, but is also intended for public use outside of school practices.

The players train with the coaches twice a week, Dixon said. Once a team is established, it is registered in a travel league, which competes on grounds in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Unlike most football clubs in the region, FVFC coaches and staff donate their time to reduce costs for families. Dixon describes their area as a “low-wealth, high-needs community,” many of whom are working class, some of whom are immigrants.

“We only charge for the registration, because we have to pay the league,” Dixon said, referring to the Long Island Junior Soccer League, “and we pay the referee to be able to play. Nothing else is asked. »

The FVFC manages uniform costs and other maintenance matters. Tournament fees are split between the families.

And they continue to get results. The Freeport Hotspur (U13 men’s team, ages 12 and 13), coached by the Dixons, won their divisional championship for the Long Island Junior Soccer League’s 2022 spring season as well as the LIJSL Sportsmanship Award in the fall season 2021 for their division. Freeport Milan (Boys U19), coached by Pablo Castro, and Freeport Sea Wolves (Boys U16), coached by Alex Noboa, are the current LIJSL Spring 2022 Cup Champions for their divisions.

“When you train these kids and get them into the school system, they make a difference,” Dixon said. FVFC members have become varsity players at Freeport High School – like the Dixons’ own daughter, Ancksu, who graduated from Freeport High this year after winning top honors on the varsity football and basketball teams from school. She’s heading to Mercy College on an athletic scholarship.

Creating opportunities like Ancksu’s is what FVFC is all about.

“That’s what we do,” Dixon said. “We do our best to keep our youngsters afloat so they can have a chance. You have a healthy community, you educate parents, you help children, and that’s the future. This is our fight. »

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