DORCHESTER, MA (February 15, 2022) – Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, Valeo FC has now been able to establish free and low-cost leagues to serve inner-city youth in Boston’s neighborhoods.
Part of Valeo’s mission has been and always will be to provide the opportunity for anyone anywhere regardless of their socioeconomic background to be able to play the beautiful game, and learn the life lessons that come with it. Now anyone in the Greater Boston area interested in getting involved in either Valeo or just simply kicking a soccer ball around can do it at little to no cost at all.
“This program isn’t just about soccer or coaching, it’s about shaping young minds through an outlet that otherwise may not have been available to them” says Valeo FC Founder Emilio Williams.
NEWTON, MA (December 14, 2021) – ‘Valeo FC is proud to announce that the Valeo FC MLS NEXT Program is NOW FULLY FUNDED and will be offered free of cost for all Valeo MLS Next Team players beginning in the 2022-2023 season!’ The free-to-play program entitled MLS NEXT ‘Generation’ will give players the option of volunteering at charitable organizations or coaching their younger club-mates in lieu of paying club fees. “Valeo FC has always being a pioneer with offering scholarships and opportunity to players in New England. Our US Development Academy was fully founded and due to the pandemic, we were conservative with Mls Next and only funded it at 50%.” Says Corlton Simmond Director of Soccer Operations.
Valeo FC’s philosophy is that great players are made not from financial resources but from hard work and dedication. Our goal for 2022-2023 MLS Next season and beyond is to have players that will work with Valeo FC Directors to find a volunteer or coaching opportunity that is the best fit for their personal strengths. We believe in a holistic approach when developing our players and see this opportunity to engage our players on and off the field.
“Valeo Futbol was built off of the generosity of others,” Simmond says. “This program eases the financial burdens for our families and reflects our focus on giving back to the community and providing opportunities for our players to become leaders. Additionally, we are providing access to the elite-level of training and MLS Next League competition at NO COST to our families.”
Valeo FC encourages its players to be leaders on and off the field. As part of this leadership initiative, the club fosters a culture of social awareness, volunteering and giving back. The MLS Next players will pay it forward, volunteering and engaging in charitable and social activities in and around the surrounding community.
The MLS Next Program
MLS Next program is the highest youth league in North America. It is managed, organized and controlled by Major League Soccer (MLS) whose goal is to connect national and professional team coaches at all age levels directly with elite youth players, while also serving as a venue for advanced coaching and referee development. It is a successor to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and covers the U13-U19 age groups.
Valeo FC’s MLS Next program a rigorous and immersive 12-month training environment that is designed to drastically expedite the development of young players and prepare them to excel at the next level. The program boasts 312 hours of training, instruction and match-play instruction, coupled with the latest in player development technology and methodologies.
About Valeo FC
Valeo Futbol Club (VFC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit sports education and training organization focused on developing competitive athletes, outstanding citizens and strong leaders. Valeo Futbol Club’s mission is to provide the very best environment for soccer and personal development for committed players who are passionate about the game. Taking advantage of a coach-to-player ratio that is much smaller than other clubs, Valeo’s experienced coaches work closely with each player individually to instill the virtues of teamwork, discipline, respect, commitment and leadership.
Newton, MA – On August 30th, the Valeo Young Gunz took on the Oliver White Foundation in a 7v7 charity match at the Valeo F.C. facility. More than a dozen footballers competed this past weekend to raise money for the charities Build Africa and Boston Scores. In addition, all players brought school supplies to donate to schools in Jamaica, Cape Verde, and Haiti.
Build Africa is an African charity dedicated to using the power of education to end poverty. Through building schools, providing classroom resources and offering clean water, the foundation provides African children with the education they need to fight the inequalities that stand in their way.
The mission of Boston Scores is to provide urban youth with team-based education programs that promote health and well-being, academic engagement, and civic leadership. By partnering with the Boston Public School teachers, they are able to provide urban youth in grades K-12 with after-school soccer & enrichment programs.
Valeo F.C. was built on the principle of giving back and supporting those in need. As a club and community, we are proud to use soccer to help the community.
Stars in attendance:
- Christian Mckenna- Northeastern University, Celtic F.C., & F.C. Bulleen Lion Inger
- Ambry Moss- Northeastern University & Bahamas National Team
- Oliver White- former striker for Harvard, Memphis 901 FC, and Cabinteely FC
- Julius Pertillar- former New England Revolution Goalkeeper
The thrilling match included top corner finishes, crunching tackles, and leaping saves. To open up the scoring, Valeo F.C. outside back Dennis Pecherskiy, slotted a beautiful volley assisted by Matthew Britt Webb. The Oliver White Foundation (OWF) quickly responded with a breakaway goal. After much back and forth, the half ended 4-4.
Early in the second half, OWF scored a header and a breakaway goal to take a 2 goal lead. With 10 minutes left in the game, super sub Daniel Faynstein erupted scoring 5 goals and 2 assists with 2 top corner finishes, bringing Valeo F.C. back from a two-goal deficit. While OWF put up a great fight, Valeo F.C. walked away with a 9-6 win Valeo F.C. favor, and Faynstein was awarded man of the match.
To get involved, visit the Valeo F.C. Foundation page! All proceeds will go to our annual back to school drive. We will be accepting donations and school supplies until September 15th.
Newton, MA – On July 18, Emelio Williams, known affectionately as “Mookie”, sat down at the Valeo F.C. facility to share the details about his bold and fascinating journey.
While Emelio is well known by Valeo F.C. players for being loud on the sidelines, his personal life remains a mystery to many. The first episode of “The Club” offers never heard before insights about Emelio’s childhood, his playing experience, career in the tech industry, and most importantly how he started the club that we all love.
To listen to the podcast, click here!
Emelio Williams grew up in the football mad country of Jamaica with 7 brothers and sisters. Having grown up in a country where football is ingrained in every aspect of the culture, Emelio remembers having a ball at his feet since 2 years old.
From an early age Emelio’s parents emphasized the importance of education. Emelio attended a traditional Jamaican boarding school where he began his academic and futbol career. As a young baller, Emelio constantly found himself playing pickup in back alleys with friends or playing in scrimmages on local fields.
After succeeding in school and on the pitch, Emelio went off to Southern Connecticut University at the age of 17. His college career molded his perspective of the game and his time at SCU showed him how to play the game the way he teaches it at Valeo today.
After graduating from SCU with 2 NCAA Championships, 4 Final Four appearances and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Emelio journeyed to Cambridge, MA, where he launched several tech startups.
Nearly a decade later, Emelio founded Valeo F.C., with the mission to create the best futbol club in the country and help young players achieve their dreams.
To this day, Emelio emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community and those in need. Through the Valeo Gives program, Valeo F.C. donates to schools and futbol clubs in countries like Haiti, Cape Verde, Uganda, and Jamaica.
Whether it be through the selflessness of coaches, kindness of players, or charity work of the Valeo Futbol foundation, Valeo is dedicated to providing both access and opportunity to those in need.
The Podcast brings the listener on a journey as Emelio shares his wisdom ranging from youth futbol, to tech startups and the value in selflessness. To hear Emelio’s full story and dive into the mind of the genius behind Valeo F.C., check out the the full podcast on YouTube.