Houston Express Soccer Club Aims to Develop Well-Rounded Teams, Players
For the past 30 years, the Houston Express Soccer Club has been working to develop well-rounded teams and players no matter what the skill level or how competitive the player.
HESC, a private nonprofit organization, currently has more than 2,300 registered players who come from more than 60 zip codes in the Houston metro area.
The club is staffed with professional coaches who implement a training curriculum to provide the best environment for players to succeed.
HESC is committed to a consistent style of play across all age groups and focuses on teaching and developing players individual skills. They encourage players to work with their teammates and introduce them to organized team concepts.
“As the parent of two boys who have played in the program, my take-away is that the program encourages self-expression, confidence and teamwork, all valuable attributes as my boys grow into responsible young men,” HESC President Bob Corrigan said. “As president of the club, I am most proud that we are a resource for, and serve, all young athletes in our community, boys and girls, regardless of resources and ability level.
Houston Express Soccer Club has two programs open to boys and girls, including those living in the West U area.
HESC’s in-house recreational program, called West U Rec, offers boys and girls, ages U5-U12, an enjoyable, stress-free soccer experience. Standings are not kept and games are played against other in-house teams. Starting at U8, players can choose to remain in West U Rec or move to play in the competitive Houston Express Program. In age groups U9-U12, scores are kept.
Houston Express focuses on a higher level of development and competition for boys and girls, ages U8 and up, beginning with an Academy program to bridge recreational and competitive play. For U11 and up, Express players participate in full competitive play. Younger players in Express are part of the U8-10 Express Developmental Academy.
“HESC is committed to finding and developing coaches that are qualified to implement our curriculum and to serve as role models; coaches who are capable of sharing their own playing experiences and exhibiting leadership skills,” Director of Coaching Mark Gibbs said. “Our goal is to give children a chance to play in a competitive, positive environment whether a child is at the beginning stages of soccer or striving to play at the collegiate level.”
Houston Express teams are trained by licensed professional coaching staff and compete in various area leagues, such as Eastern District Division One Association Division 1 and Super 2, Houston Youth Soccer Association and State Classic League.
Registration is currently open for the fall season.
For more information, visit www.houstonx.org.