The community spirit and support was evident from the start. Parents, family and friends felt the excitement and were filled with so much pride with this great win that was secured after the team had to go into penalty kicks.
Team Manager and soccer mom, Laura Hecker highlighted, "What an exciting game !! I'm so happy for these boys and Tom. It was an amazing game with fantastic support from the youth in our community. This showcases for me the value of community that Hartwell has and others can't replicate!!"
Congratulations to the boys, families and community. Looking forward to an exciting semi final game !! We will share information about the semi's so we can get a large cheering crowd for the boys again!
Many thanks for the great pictures taken by Matt Patterson.
Coach Jay's Legacy Inspires Success for G11 Girls Premier
The bench has an empty seat this spring for the GU11 Premier Strikers. Their coach, Jay Bentivegna, lost a 9-month battle with cancer in January. This is the first season they faced without Coach Jay at the helm but his spirit has inspired success this spring and this Hartwell team of 10 and 11 year old girls has triumphed on and off the field despite facing such a difficult challenge at a young age.
Jay has been a volunteer for Hartwell for many years. He began as a coach for the rec league coaching his 2 daughters, coached a BU9 Travel team, and eventually became Head Coach of a Girls Travel Team for the past 3 years. Despite his cancer diagnosis last spring, Jay Bentivegna still coached his team which included his 5th grader, Catherine, all the way through the fall 2014 season. He fought through a lot of pain to be coaching at the training sessions and game sidelines. The girls watched his decline through the seasons, and even spoke at his funeral.
This spring the girls took the field officially without him under the direction of their new Head Coach, Molly Donovan who was an Assistant to Jay. While things were different, his spirit was still very much present for the team and inspired a successful season. This past Memorial Day weekend the Strikers traveled to Cape Cod to their first premier levelsoccer tournament where they won their division! The best of 8 teams, they beat teams from CT and MA to take home the trophy!
Coach Jay’s team is one of the first to be placed in a Premier category by Hartwell. This is to allow for more rigorous competition with the other private clubs (instead of town teams) in the state. The success in the Premier brackets is a testament to Jay's coaching and his commitment to the girls and to soccer. He truly loved the game and instilled the same love and dedication into his team using a winning combination of strong coaching, humor and compassion. When the GU11 Strikers took the field this spring, they knew they always had a 12th player on the field with them!
We are pleased to offer 3 weeks of summer camps this year. We have professional British and Brazilian coaches in town for the camps. It will be a great experience to play the beautiful game and the children to participate in their own World Cup on camp each day.
British Soccer Camp runs weeks 13th-17th of July and 27-31st of July
Brazilian Soccer camp runs 20th -24th of July
Come and experience professional coaching and learn while having fun. If you are looking for extra touches on the ball or play a game you love this is the camp for you. We provide a soccer experience for ages 3-14 years old. Pre K Soccer is 8.15-9am, half day runs from 9-12 or 12- 3pm and full day from 9-3pm.
ALL camps include a FREE ball and T-shirt for each child. ALL players should remember to bring water, sunscreen, shin guards and a healthy snack each day. Cleats are highly recommended.
Location : Riverfront Park, Welles Street, Glastonbury.
Try-Out Dates for the Travel 2015-2016 Season are below. More information will be posted later in April. Please note that new this year we are having only 1 night Try-Outs for age groups U12, 13, and U14. U9, U10 and U11 will have 2 nights of try-outs and players are expected to attend both try-out dates.
Are you a family struggling with the additional cost of soccer equipment this season? Hartwell Soccer in conjunction with the Town of Glastonbury Parks and Recreation and Glastonbury Social Services has put together a sports equipment program. Gently used equipment is being made available free of charge to players who need assistance with getting the right equipment to play soccer this season.
Please contact Katryna at 860 652 7838 (or email at ) for more information or to place an order. Supplies are limited, but there are soccer balls, soccer cleats, shorts, socks, bags, and shin guards. Leave a message with your phone number, name, grade that the child is in (for soccer ball size), and their shoe size. A call to confirm that the items are available will be made and a time to pick the items up will be arranged. Pick up will be at the Teen Center at 2143 Main Street, Glastonbury (Academy Building)