New Tenants Announced At Sports Campus
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Two New Host Tenants Sign on at Premier Sports Campus
Two new tenants – the Manatee County Y’s YFL youth tackle football program and the Sarasota Saracens Rugby organization – have come on board at the newest sports complex in the region.
The Manatee Y has announced it will use the Premier Sports Campus of Lakewood Ranch for its fall YFL youth tackle football program. The YFL is a new tackle football program that is affiliated with American Youth Football (AYF). The YFL conference, made up of eight associations, will bring together teams from across the region to play in Lakewood Ranch this fall. The eight teams include: the Bradenton Buccaneers from the Bradenton branch, the Colts from the Lakewood Ranch branch, the Steelers from the Parrish branch, the Panthers from Pride Park, Athletes for Christ, The Sarasota YMCA Bulls and two Tampa teams.
“The fields at the Lakewood Ranch campus are so unique,” said Frank Gargett, Manatee YMCA tackle football program coordinator. “This is an excellent opportunity for our organization to grow and we are so thankful to the Premier Sports Campus for welcoming us.”
The YMCA grade-based, age-protected football program is for kids in four different age categories: flag football for ages 5-7, Mighty Mites for ages 7-9, junior varsity for ages 10-12 and varsity for 13- and 14-year-olds. The jamboree will be Aug. 20, 2011 with the season opening Aug. 27 and games running through Nov. 22, 2011. The games will be played on nine weekends this fall with the potential for 32 teams and will include a full cheerleading program next year. For more information on how to get involved or play, go to www.manateeymca.org.
The Sarasota Saracens of Lakewood Ranch begins practice this week at the Premier Sports Campus for its adult rugby league—welcoming players ages 16-45. The local league is a starting point for players looking to move up through the ranks and could even mean moving on to Olympic status for some players—with Rugby 7’s coming back to the Olympics in 2016. The Saracens will hold practices, tournaments and games at the Premier Campus from July-February and plans to create youth programs and clinics as well. “Lakewood Ranch is the perfect place for our growing organization,” said Scott Davies, president of the Sarasota Saracens. “There were only a handful of fields in this area for us to use, but now we have this great central location with more fields than we will ever use.” For more information about this rugby league go to www.sarasotasaracensoflwr.com.
The Premier Sports Campus has host tenants in other sporting categories including The Lakewood Ranch Chargers soccer league, The Lakewood Ranch Lightning lacrosse league, and now football and rugby. “This fall on any given day you will see swarms of kids playing all different sports out at the campus,” said Tim Mulqueen, Lakewood Ranch Director of Sports. “It is amazing how fast the campus has come to life and the fields are already a sight to see just about every night with youth sports across all venues taking over the campus.”
For the full calendar of events, including dates for the Tim Howard soccer clinic this summer, check out the campus online at www.premiersportscampus.com
The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is a multi-purpose facility that is home to 22 full-sized, mixed use fields for soccer, lacrosse and other amateur sports, and features Celebration grass and underground irrigation. The complex is used for amateur and professional top-flight and world-class sporting tournaments, events, camps and clinics and is located in Lakewood Ranch -- the 8,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. www.premiersportscampus.com.