Houston Dynamo Youth Programs will enhance its existing partnership with the YMCA of Greater Houston in 2017, the Dynamo announced today.

The two organizations announced a partnership earlier this year that makes the Dynamo the official soccer training provider of the YMCA of Greater Houston. As part of the enhancements to the partnership, weekly training sessions known as Development Centers will begin in early January at seven YMCA locations, and camps will be held throughout the year. The long-term goal of each organization is that YMCA soccer programs will develop teams eligible to be entered into competitive Houston soccer leagues.

“We are excited to have the YMCA of Greater Houston’s support in continuing to connect, develop and grow soccer throughout Houston,” said Adrian Moses, Director of Soccer Programs for the Houston Dynamo. “This partnership will allow us to work together to not only teach kids the game and the skills needed for success, but also the skills needed to live a fit and healthy life.”

With 34 locations across Houston, this dynamic partnership is driven by the YMCA’s commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA teaches values and skills that are vital building blocks for life so that local youth will take a greater interest in learning, make smarter life choices, realize their potential, and explore their unique talents and interests.

“The YMCA of Greater Houston is honored to work with the Dynamo/Dash to support the thousands of children and youth who enjoy YMCA Soccer each year.  Our partnership will improve the experience for all our families,” said Ray Purvis, Senior Vice President for Organizational Advancement for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “Youth soccer players will benefit from the training and coaching of the Dynamo/Dash teams, and will have opportunity to grow their soccer skills with the support of two caring and committed organizations. We look forward to more children embracing the World’s Game.”

As the official development system of the Houston Dynamo, Dynamo Youth Programs’ mission is to connect, grow, and develop the sport of soccer. Partnering with the YMCA has allowed the Dynamo to reach more Houston families and strengthen preexisting soccer programs at each participating YMCA location. The club has spent the past year developing relationships with program directors and coaches in effort to collaborate and prepare stimulating curriculum that supports both organizations core values.