(NEW YORK CITY) October 20th, 2022 VOICEINSPORT (VIS), a global sports company, announces a new partnership with Girls Academy League (GAL), the only youth development platform focused on growing the game for girls in soccer. The two companies join forces to create a safe space for young women in soccer and elevate the VOICES of girls across the youth soccer system in the U.S.
"VOICEINSPORT is proud to support the Girls Academy League as we partner to change the game for girls and women in sport. We are dedicated to elevating the VOICE of girls, ensuring that they have a safe space to access the best Experts in Mental Health & Wellness and professional athlete mentors.” - Stef Strack Founder and CEO, VOICEINSPORT
Details about an abusive culture and coaching within the National Women’s Soccer League have recently emerged, but the problems faced by these women begin much younger and are part of a larger systemic issue that extends beyond the professional ranks and affects young girls as well. There are over 78,989 soccer coaches currently employed in the United States, only 36.4% of whom are women. Verbally abusive statements made by coaches have been overlooked for far too long, and we owe it to the girls and women of the past, present, and future to make a change moving forward. This is why VOICEINSPORT and Girls Academy League are teaming up: to change the game and ensure that the girls’ VOICES are at the forefront of this change.
VOICEINSPORT provides girls and women in sport access to mentorship from 200+ professional & collegiate athletes, over 80 top experts in sport psychology, sports nutrition and women’s health, and educational content written by women athletes for women athletes. VOICEINSPORT serves as a safe space and community where girls are supported and encouraged to use their voices to advocate for change.The GAL, a women-led youth-development platform for top female soccer players, is made up of over 90 member clubs from across the United States and is working towards creating an environment where girls are empowered to become not only the best players but also the best people they can be. Commissioner Leslie Gallimore has created an Advisory Panel within GAL, on which the league’s players play an active role in shaping their journeys in sport.
Through the partnership with VOICEINSPORT, members of the GAL will join the VOICEINSPORT Community for free where they’ll gain access to live VIS Sessions with professional and collegiate athlete mentors and Experts in sports nutrition, sport psychology and women’s health, as well as unlimited access to written educational content and podcasts. Further, VOICEINSPORT will provide organized VIS sessions via zoom to players in the GAL starting this month with a session titled ‘Abusive Coaching vs. Tough Coaching.’
”We are eager to announce our partnership with VOICEINSPORT. The resources our members, most specifically our players, will have access to are incredible. The expertise VIS has illustrated in their platform is truly remarkable, as they bring a wealth of knowledge across experiences and disciplines. Our players will be exposed to areas that are relatable, topical, and important to today’s young girls and women in sport” - Lesle Gallmore Commissioner, Girls Academy League
For VOICEINSPORT, the partnership with GAL that will unfold over the next several years will serve as a dedicated effort to be the primary advocate for girls and women in sport. The values of both organizations are in clear alignment, placing the VOICES of the girls at the center of everything they do and giving young women athletes a seat at the table advocating for systemic change in women’s sports. The VOICEINSPORT Foundation Advocacy Program has tackled Title IX reform on a national scale over the past 18 months, and GAL’s Advisory Panel remains committed to increasing opportunities for female leadership in the classroom, workplace, local communities and beyond. Together, the organizations will establish a community where they will continue to educate, advocate, and empower young women athletes to become their best holistic selves.
“VOICEINSPORT has gone above and beyond in providing women athletes with valuable resources to enhance every part of their game. I can personally say VIS has completely changed my level of play from physical, emotional, and mental aspects. I’m so excited our league is again partnering with this game-changing platform to give players the opportunities to work with strong, determined women and to inspire change within a community of empowered women” - Jenna Abousaab, Soccer player, GAL Ambassador to the Commissioner, VIS Athlete
VOICEINSPORT, the global sports company, provides a community based platform for digital services in mental health, nutrition, sport science and mentoring from pro athletes to keep girls and women in sport. The VOICEINSPORT membership comes with free access to original articles written by women athletes, weekly podcasts, advocacy tools to drive change and a community forum. Paid services include a mentoring platform designed to increase the visibility to pro & collegiate athlete role models and access to both clinical & non-clinical sessions with the top 80 experts in sport psychology, sport nutrition and women’s health. Founded in 2019, VOICEINSPORT is based in NYC and is self-funded by sports industry Executive and AdvocateStef Strack. Visit voiceinsport.com for the latest company news and follow @voiceinsport onInstagram,TikTok, Facebook,Twitter andLinkedIn.
About Girls Academy League
The Girls Academy League is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. They are the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership of the league, and embrace the desire of club members and players to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year. Visit https://girlsacademyleague.com/ and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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