Courtesy of Team Evanston:
Team Evanston, a youth soccer
club, has opened doors on its 30,000 square foot training facility at 2025
Dempster Street. The facility features five turf soccer fields, offices, and
meeting rooms. It will be used to host training sessions over the winter months
as well as when inclement weather prevents kids from practicing outdoors, and
will be Team Evanston's home office for coaching and administrative staff.
"This is a big deal, not only for Team Evanston, but for all of Evanston’s young athletes," said Matt Tobin, President of Team Evanston. "Outdoor practices end in early November and don't start up again until April, so this facility allows athletes to develop and train locally during those months.”
Time allowing, Team Evanston also hopes to make the facility available to other sports organizations in the area and to groups wanting to hold special events such as parties and corporate functions.
Evanston Alderman Peter Braithwaite (2nd ward) agreed with Tobin that the opening was a big deal. “I am confident it will have a huge economic impact on the businesses around the Dempster-Dodge area,” he said. “When indoor practices are conducted in other communities, families spend money in those communities. Now they will be spending that money in Evanston.”
The facility features state-of-the-art lined turf fields, goals, powerful lighting, netting to easily divide practice areas, and ample office/meeting space. The Club is also considering the addition of a weight/training room in the future.
Issac Moushi, Team Evanston’s Director of Coaching, is very enthusiastic about what the facility means to him and his coaching staff. “It is great to have a place that the coaches and I can call home,” Moushi said. “We’ll be able to hold training year-round, despite what Mother Nature throws at us. We can also host clinics, 3v3 tournaments, and specialized training,” such as core fitness and/or weight training.
"This is the first facility of its kind in Evanston," said Lander Brown, an Evanston Board member who was instrumental in bringing the facility online. "Previously, players had to practice in school gyms or drive an hour to train in comparable facilities in other communities. This facility is in the kids' back yard, not just Evanston’s but Wilmette’s and Chicago’s, too.”
ABOUT TEAM EVANSTON. Team Evanston was officially founded in 1991, a merger of two clubs formed in 1973 and 1977. It consists of 600 girls and boys aged 6-18, from Evanston and neighboring communities. Its 40 teams play in competitive travel leagues across the Chicagoland area as well as in local, regional and national tournaments. Teams are coached by professional, licensed coaches, led by Director of Coaching Issac Moushi, a former professional soccer player with 30 years' experience coaching youth soccer.