02/03/2012 8:30 AM
- Bellingham United looks to the future....
Bellingham United FC and WFC Rangers formalized a new partnership aimed at improving the continual development of soccer in Whatcom County. The two sides agreed to link and will be discussing opportunities for helping each other in several areas. The hope is to have a system in place where Rangers youth players whom excel, will have an opportunity to advance to a top level senior club and stay local with Bellingham United FC.
"The goal is to one day have the youth players pull on a Hammers jersey and represent their community", said Bellingham United head coach Lance Calloway. "BUFC will be the top club in the community for young players to aspire to, while still giving them an opportunity to stay at home and play in front of friends and family." Calloway also coaches in the Rangers program and would love to see some of the young players he works with take the next step.
"For the first season we will be looking at some of the higher caliber Rangers players from the older squads to give them an opportunity to train with and possibly dress for Bellingham United."
Bellingham United president Jeff McIntyre added, "The plan is to create a solid link between the top youth club in the county and the top adult club in the region, to provide more playing opportunities, improve player and coach development and to give the residents of Whatcom County more high valued soccer entertainment."
Both sides will benefit from the new partnership, but the Whatcom County sports community will benefit as well.