The Legacy Fields Project is a major initiative of Utah Youth Soccer Association. This initiative is designed to be a long-term solution to a consistent and growing issue – providing quality field space for youth soccer in the state of Utah.
Each year, youth sports throughout the state are losing access to fields as cities, school districts, and other field operators try and deal with ever increasing pressure for limited field space. This issue is not only affecting access to fields but in some cases is already increasing the cost to rent and secure fields. Although some areas of the state have enough fields, the vast majority of youth sports are dealing with this growing and challenging issue each year.
In order to address this issue within the soccer community, UYSA formed an exploratory committee in 2014 to look at this problem and identify a long-term solution. That committee met with key stakeholders in the soccer community as well as cities, school districts and others as it looked to identify potential solutions. It became clear that in order to solve this issue, the most likely path to increase access to quality fields was to partner with municipalities, school districts, private citizens, businesses and/or other entities to build dedicated soccer fields. A model was created by the committee in which UYSA provided funds for the installation and maintenance of fields in partnership with landowners that would provide the land to be used as dedicated soccer fields. The committee explored this model with municipalities, private land owners and school districts. After a positive response, the committee then presented this model as a potential solution to the majority of the soccer clubs throughout the state in regional meetings. After the regional meetings the original model was adjusted to meet the needs of the majority of the clubs. Although each club had unique needs and situations, the vast majority of the clubs supported the revised model and the implementation of this initiative.
The project was monitored and reviewed by the UYSA board in open board meetings. The board also initiated a state-wide parent survey about the current state of youth soccer. This information was collected and presented and the survey identified quality and available field space as the number one concern. After substantial review, study and discussion the UYSA board, again seeking and hearing public comments, approved the Legacy Fields Project, which implemented the $40 annual fee for competition players.
The fees collected under the Legacy Fields Project are restricted funds that can ONLY be used for field development in the region in which they are collected. This ensures that fees are spent in the region they are collected, for the benefit of the players in that region, for the long-term development of fields in that region.
These funds along with grants and other donations sought will be used to create new fields throughout the state benefiting soccer clubs, teams, and players. This fee is used to pay for the procuring, building, maintaining and long-term upkeep of the fields. Although the $40 is a significant fee, with your help the Legacy Fields will ensure the future of youth soccer in the State of Utah.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
The Legacy Fields Project is currently forming legacy field committees at the regional level. These committees are responsible for identifying potential sites for fields and working with cities and school districts as well as other major land owners in the state to put together a partnership for dedicated field space. If you are interested, please contact your region chair or Bryan Attridge firstname.lastname@example.org