RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, July 28, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers and Chesterfield United are pleased to announce the Ultimate Cup, a new youth soccer tournament created by the merger of the Chesterfield United Icebreaker and the Kickers Invitational. The Ultimate Cup tournament will feature a Girls and a Boys weekend, scheduled to launch February 24-26, 2012 and March 2-4, 2012, respectively. Registration is now available via UltimateCupRichmond.com.
"It has been a pleasure working alongside Chesterfield United on this unprecedented partnership opportunity,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “The Icebreaker and Invitational have proven successful and popular tournaments in their own right and we look forward to building on the strengths of both events to develop a truly unique tournament experience for the participating teams.”
“We are also pleased that by merging the two tournament weekends it will allow all Chesterfield County based teams the opportunity to participate, as well as the ability to create a significant economic boost to the region," continued Cowlishaw.
"This is a great opportunity for both clubs to share resources, provide a better environment for the boys and girls teams coming down for each weekend, as well as the potential to make a greater impact economically for the County of Chesterfield, which is why this whole idea was put into place," added Pat McStay, Chesterfield United Director of Operations.
With divisions for all levels of play from Classic to Elite, the Ultimate Cup will host games Friday through Sunday and features top-class facilities with access to some of the nation’s best natural grass playing surfaces as well as numerous synthetic turf fields, including the state-of-the-art home of the Richmond Kickers, Ukrop Park, the beautiful 80-acre Hensley Park, Point of Rocks, SportsQuest, United Training Center, Bryan Park, Warhill Park and Chesterfield County’s forthcoming Stratton Park. All of the tournament’s top bracket games will be played on natural grass surfaces, with synthetic turf field back-ups in case of adverse weather.
The joint venture between Chesterfield United and Richmond Kickers will provide an extensive economic boost to the region, with 100% participation from Chesterfield County clubs, teams and players. Additionally, players will have the opportunity to be scouted by a number of collegiate colleges from throughout the east coast, invited to attend the prestigious event and will be invited to attend a Pro-Am exhibition game featuring the nationally renowned Richmond Kickers professional soccer team.
In each division, teams will compete for the prestigious Ultimate Cup, with finalists also being honored with a mini replica trophy.
Offering unbeatable value, the pricing for the 2012 Ultimate Cup ranges from $550 to $675 per team, and is considerably more affordable than comparable tournaments. Learn more and register now at UltimateCupRichmond.com.
About the Richmond Kickers
Today over 8,000 soccer players participate in programs sponsored by the Richmond Kickers and partner clubs, including Ashland Youth Soccer League, City of Richmond Parks and Rec., Goochland United Soccer Association, TOPSoccer, Elementary Soccer and Little KICKS. The Richmond Kickers Soccer Club provides opportunities for all players of all abilities and unites soccer in the Central Virginia community. Benefits include economy of scale, consistency of coaching philosophy, professional administrative and coaching staff expertise, positive role models for youth players and a clear pathway from youth to pro for aspiring young players.
About Chesterfield United
Chesterfield United FC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Richmond, Virginia in Chesterfield County. Beginning in 1995 as a merger of two other clubs, Chesterfield United is now made up of over 400 competitive players, 700 recreational players, as well as partner organizations throughout the Richmond Metro area. The mission of Chesterfield United Football Club is to provide fun, instructional, dynamic, and competitive soccer experiences through a wide variety of soccer programs and to include individuals from diverse backgrounds, regardless of anyone’s family financial status. We are committed to providing quality instruction and programming as well as striving to match these qualities with quality facilities for our membership.