(NEW YORK CITY) October 27th, 2022 VOICEINSPORT (VIS), a global sports company, announces a new partnership with North Carolina FC (NCFC) Youth, a Raleigh, NC based youth soccer organization. The largest youth soccer club in North Carolina, NCFC Youth is committed to enhancing each player’s soccer experience at every level through innovative programming and player development opportunities. The two companies join forces to create a safe space for young women in soccer and provide them with the resources they need to remain healthy and strong in sport.
As young women athletes go through critical developmental stages, they experience bodily changes and many begin to struggle with confidence, mental health, and the pressures that come along with higher levels of sport. For these reasons, starting at age 14, girls drop out of sport at a rate two times that of boys. VOICEINSPORT and NCFC Youth are teaming up to change this statistic, ensuring that the league’s player’s have access to the resources they need to navigate this challenging time and not only remain in sport, but to thrive in sport.
VOICEINSPORT provides girls and women in sport a safe space with access to services from over 80 top experts in sport psychology, sports nutrition and women’s health, mentorship from 200+ professional & collegiate athletes and educational content written by women athletes for women athletes. VIS listens to the VOICES of the girls, offering services best suited for them and their unique needs.
“The VOICEINSPORT x NCFC Youth partnership is an exciting advancement in the youth soccer world. As an alumna of NCFC Youth, I am incredibly proud of their investment in their girls’ teams because they will have access to a platform that promotes mentorship opportunities, access to sport, and women’s empowerment. Connecting the club to the VIS Community will give the players the support & encouragement they need to chase their dreams for a lifetime.” -Brianna Pinto, VIS League Mentor and midfielder for the NWSL’s NC Courage.
The partnership with NCFC Youth furthers VOICEINSPORT’s mission to create a safe space for girls and women in sport with their VOICES at the center. Eligible NCFC Youth girls players (age 13+) across all teams will be invited to join the VIS community. Through mentorship from top athletes and Experts, as well as a wealth of educational content, the VIS platform will provide ample opportunities for player growth on and off the field, and serve to further the sense of community within the league through private large group sessions with VIS Experts and professional athletes offered by the club throughout the year at no additional cost to players. Together with program directors, coaches, and players, NCFC Youth and VOICEINSPORT will change the game for the league’s young women athletes.
“We are excited to offer our girls players this extra layer of support and development off the field. We know that girls face unique challenges in their development – from dealing with bodily changes and caring for your body, to confidence, mental health, and anxiety, to everything in between. We are not experts in all of these, but VOICEINSPORT has a catalog of resources, experts and mentors who can help address these topics head on and provide relatable and real-life tips for our players in a safe space.” -Katharine Eberhardt, Chief Marketing & Development Officer at NCFC Youth.
“NCFC is investing in services and resources that will be game changing for their young women players. We are beyond excited to partner with the coaches, parents and athletes at NCFC as we develop a personalized educational curriculum with our inspiring VIS League Mentors and our over 80+ VIS Experts in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Women’s Health.” -Stef Strack, Founder & CEO of VOICEINSPORT
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.
North Carolina FC Youth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Raleigh, NC and the surrounding Greater Triangle. Since 1974, NCFC Youth has been committed to enhancing each player’s soccer experience at every level and age of play. Through innovative soccer programming, player development opportunities, and a focus on coaching education, NCFC Youth creates an environment for more than 13,000 players and 800 coaches to grow on and off the field. To learn more, visit https://www.ncfcyouth.com/ and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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