FC Stars and Black Watch Premier strike collaboration agreement

Acton, Massachusetts - The nationally-renowned youth soccer club in the New England region, FC Stars, and Black Watch Premier (BWP), with locations in both Albany, New York and Burlington, Vermont have reached understanding on a collaboration agreement for 2017-2018. The two Nike Clubs have strong histories in developing players who compete at the highest level, whether US Youth National teams or at collegiate levels. Both clubs will work together through a coaching education platform to enhance player instruction and programming. The clubs will operate joint technical training centers for player identification and development and joint events such as inter-club showcases and tournaments. This collaboration links the I-90 corridor from Boston, Massachusetts westward to the Capital Region of New York  

"I am extremely excited at the opportunity to work with the staff at FC Stars. Their first-class reputation and attention to detail are cornerstones of their high-quality operation. This is a great opportunity for our players at BWP and our staff," stated Executive Director and Founder of BWP, Steve Freeman. "Enhancing pathways and opportunities for our players and staff members is always at the forefront of our objectives with the Club. This does just that. It brings high-quality people to the table together to create better opportunities for everyone," stated Freeman.


FC Stars Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst, expressed, "FC Stars is very excited about the relationship with Blackwatch Premier and the possibilities it brings for the future. Their leadership has the same beliefs and development philosophy as we do. We feel this relationship will blossom into something great for the players in both organizations and for players based along the I-90 corridor."


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Trials will be June 20-July 20th - more details to come!
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Black Watch Premier is seeking U8 soccer players, boys and girls, to join the club’s U8 soccer team. BWP boasts a fully professional soccer staff, no parent coaches, that teaches the youth curriculum designed by UAlbany men’s soccer coach and BWP Director of Coaching, Trevor Gorman. The club seeks to help each player love the game, giving them an energetic and positive atmosphere in which to build their skills.

Contact head U8 staff coach Jake Boland (email:, cell: 518.528.3948) for information about the program.

GoalKeeper Training Series On Black Watch TV

Black Watch TV presents our goalkeeper training series featuring our Director of Goal Keeping, Bubby Leasure. These are great video clips to share with prospective players to show them the value of our coaching and the drills we practice. Additional goal keeper training videos will be uploaded this week including additional training videos featuring our Director of Coaching Trevor Gorman.

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BOSTON -The Great Danes, who claimed their first-ever outright America East regular-season title and top seed for the upcoming conference championship, earned a pair of major awards. Sophomore Afonso Pinheiro was voted Striker of the Year while Albany’s coaching staff, led by head coach Trevor Gorman, was tabbed Coaching Staff of the Year. See below for full details.

Steve Freeman Selected as National Staff Coach by NSCAA...

Director of Programming and Founder of BWP, Steve Freeman has been added to NSCAA Staff for second time. Fifty-seven candidates from all over the United States spent 60 hours on course testing for their Advanced National or National Diploma. "It was an amazing experience to be part of such a distinguished staff," stated Freeman. "The association stands for so many of the principles I believe in personally. Education and continued learning are critical in advancing our sport and our players."

Staff includes:
Former NSCAA Director of Coaching Jeff Tipping
Senior National Staff Member George Purgavie
Senior National Staff Member Jeff Vennell
National Staff Member Gary Cook
Associate National Staff Member Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman, BWP Director speaks on ESPN Radio..

teve Freeman, Director of Programming sits down with ESPN's Armen Williams to discuss youth soccer in the Capital Region and the Black Watch Trials

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BWP Girls National Signing DayText...

Club members and soon to be graduates Julia Rossi & Alley LoMaestro signed their national letters of intent during one of our club leadership academy sessions. Julia is headed to the University of Rhode Island and Alley is headed to Pace University. Our club if extremely proud of their accomplishment and wish them the best of luck at the next level!


The City Mission of Schenectady serves to the community on a daily basis and emergency shelters for both men and women, as well as women with children. The Blackwatch girls served the community meal Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Black Watch Premier Commits to Grassroots Soccer Players

Black Watch Premier has dedicated itself to the grassroots soccer player! As part of its new grassroots soccer program, BWP has begun a 6 years and under, free of charge soccer academy. U6 soccer players, whether they are beginners, intermediates, or otherwise, now play together once per week under the guidance of Black Watch Premier’s professional coaching staff, learning BWP’s curriculum. The program is run by newly appointed Director of Grassroots, Jake Boland, along with the BWP U10 staff.
“We started with full time U10 and U8 teams, and those took off. Now, I am so pleased that our Board of Directors has chosen to assume the cost for facility, staffing, equipment, insurance, and shirts for the players.” Boland stated, “This is such a great way to introduce new players to the game and instill in these boys and girls a solid fundamental base of skills. I’m so excited to work with this group.”

Contact Jake Boland, cell: 518.528.3948,

email:​ for more information and answers to any questions.