Hampton Roads Soccer Complex Sees Bright Future Ahead

Welcome, Lauren Bland!

The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Lauren Bland to serve as Executive Director effective June 1, 2017. In this role, Bland will oversee the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex and the North American Sand Soccer Championships.

Shelly Cohn, President of the Hampton Roads Soccer Council Board said “The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is very excited about a new direction under Lauren’s energetic leadership.  Together with the Board, we welcome her to our soccer family.”

Lauren comes to us from the Hampton Roads Sports Commission where, under her leadership, the sports commission hosted the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games which produced $50 million in economic impact for the region.  She also created and developed several new sporting events in the region and assisted the local municipalities with booking new sports groups. 

Bland has deep history in Hampton Roads with several sports and civic organizations. Her previous employers include: Old Dominion University Athletic Department, J & A Racing, Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carolina Courts (where she managed events for 2 large sports complexes in Charlotte, NC) and Great Wolf Lodge. 

She is active in the community by serving on the Board for the Kiwanis Club of Norfolk, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and tHRive (young professionals organization).

In 2016, Inside Business Magazine recognized Lauren as a Top 40 Under 40, as well as, an honoree for Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Millennial on the Move award.

Lauren has her Bachelors and Masters in Sports Management from Old Dominion University.

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Sand Soccer 2017

  Mark your calendars for June 9-11, 2017 for the 24th Anniversary North American Sand Soccer Championships. Sign up for sand soccer e-news at www.sandsoccer.com.  Applications for 2017 teams are expected to open online December 1st. We now accept credit card payments for team applications, vendor and sponsorship fees. Inquire about booking your 2017 hotel room as the best rates available early by contacting Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This event is a Stay-and-Play event. Effective in 2016, participants staying at a hotel are expected to use BookMyGroup for accommodations. In an effort to "GO GREEN" we no longer print or mail any hard copy applications, so go to our website and apply today! Make sure your team is part of this exciting event in June by completing the Application process early!  Deadline is March 15th for the Pro Division, and April 15 for all other divisions -- or sooner as divisions fill.                 

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HRSCs 2016 Sand Soccer Event a Success

The 2016 North American Sand Soccer Championships, put on by HRSC's own staff and an army of awesome volunteers was once again a success, complete with perfect weather and a new affiliation with Beach World Wide Soccer.

This event raises money for the continued development of Hampton Roads Soccer Complex and other charities and is known to be one of the very best Beach Soccer events in the world with over 1,000 teams from Amateur to Pros taking part.  Ages 8 - adult including mens, womens and coed divisions.  

2016's event, in addition to the annual free clinic for kids on Friday night, hosted a first annual Ramiro Amarelle's FC Barcelona Beach Soccer Camp!  Several sessions were offered during the week leading up to the main event.  This special camp opportunity proved to be an awesome and exciting event for all who participated.

Learn more about NASSC at www.SandSoccer.com and sign up on the mailing list there to receive information for our June 9-11, 2017 event. Team Applications are expected to open in December. 

Here is a one of the videos from 2014 -- more on the Sand Soccer website and Facebook page.

A big congratulations to all division champions for our youngest amateurs, on through the coed and adult divisions.  Congratulations to Team Pugg for taking the 2016 Pro Title.

 

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Lighted Parking

HRSC is pleased to announce the addition of parking lot lights to our east parking lot on Recreation Dr.  This lot will better serve players utilizing our facility for evening matches and training.  Parents are encouraged to use this lot for pick-up and drop-off in the evenings, and have children use sidewalks and paths within the Complex to access fields.  Remember, for safety reasons, NO DROP-OFFs are allowed in the traffic circle.  However, with this addition of lights, we are able to provide a safer place for parents and children.

HRSC would like to thank Virginia Dominion Power for their generous commitment to improving the safety at HRSC.

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Sentara Sports Medicine

Sentara Sports Medicine provides trainers for the Soccer Complex

The Hampton Roads Soccer Council and Sentara Sports Medicine are continuing their work together for the benefit and safety of our participants and visitors. Sentara is providing a certified athletic trainer on-site during peak hours for regular league matches at the Soccer Complex. Trainer will be circulating around the Complex by golf cart.

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