Veteran NYC Soccer Coach Joins New FC Copa Academy at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn, NY
For Immediate Release: Friday, July 24, 2020
Jef Thiffault, FC Copa Director of Club Development & Communications
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METUCHEN, NJ - FC Copa Academy today announced the hiring of David Atkinson as Director of Programs at FC Copa Academy Brooklyn. Atkinson will oversee a number of FC Copa Academy teams as part of FC Copa Brooklyn’s anchor tenant soccer training partnership with Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Atkinson joins FC Copa after serving in senior positions at New York-area clubs over the past seven years. He also served as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Monroe College. Prior to moving to America in 2013, Atkinson coached youth teams while earning a bachelor's degree in Sports Development from the University of St. Mark and St. John Plymouth (Marjon). Atkinson holds a USSF C License, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National diploma and an FA Level 2 License as well as FA Youth Modules 1 & 2, United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 2, Futsal Level 1 and a Youth 7v7/9v9 diploma.
“We are thrilled to announce David as part of the FC Copa Family,” said FC Copa President, Founder and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “David will play an invaluable role working with our management team to build our new offerings through our great new partnership with Aviator Sports serving players throughout the New York City Area. We are also looking forward to David leading a number of FC Copa teams on the field with his vast background in the development of players.”
“I’m excited to be a part of FC Copa Academy’s continued success in developing elite players that are prepared to compete and succeed at the highest levels of youth soccer,” said Atkinson. “The potential for growth that I see for our club, along with the chance to provide the opportunity for the players in this area to gain lifelong experiences and memories with their teammates as part of the FC Copa family, is a big reason why I joined.”
To learn more about FC Copa’s Partnership With Aviator Sports, please visit: https://www.fccopa.com/brooklyn
To learn more about FC Copa Academy Brooklyn TryOuts, please visit: https://www.fccopa.com/tryout-dates-aviator
To learn more about FC Copa Brooklyn Summer Programs, please click here
About FC Copa Academy www.fccopa.com
FC Copa Academy is a professional soccer organization founded in 2004, which has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 7 national finals & championships. FC Copa has one of the highest college placement rates in the country, both soccer and academic, having placed over 350 students into over 160 collegiate programs and developed over 24 professional and national/international team players. A soccer family consisting of over 750 members from the ages of 5 to 19 that come from all areas of NJ, NY, and PA. FC Copa is a year-round soccer development program assisting players in reaching their greatest potential with three locations; FC Copa Rutgers (Middlesex County, New Jersey), FC Copa Millstone (Monmouth County, New Jersey) and FC Copa Brooklyn (Aviator Sports in Brooklyn, New York). The focus is on educating the complete player with a knowledgeable and caring staff. FC Copa Academy teams compete in premier level leagues, tournaments, showcases, and competitions locally, regionally and nationally. FC Copa Academy fields both boys and girls teams in each age group from U7 through U19 and beyond. In addition to the youth academy, FC Copa Academy provides a pathway into the college, semi-pro and professional levels via its New Jersey Copa FC collegiate programs (U20 and U23) and United Women’s Soccer team.
About Aviator Sports and Event Center www.aviatorsports.com
Aviator Sports and Events Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field (FBF) in Brooklyn, is a premier multi-sport and recreational complex. FBF was NYC’s first municipal airport and is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Aviator Sports has refurbished four historic aircraft hangars and surrounding grounds, in partnership with the National Park Service. The area includes the 175,000 square foot indoor sports, entertainment and recreation complex, adjoining outdoor turf fields and 35 acres of land space for outdoor events.