Help get to the goal!
Help get to the goal!
The Fairhope Soccer Complex opened on a March morning this year with hundreds of cleats hitting brand new sod - capping years of vision, planning and effort by the City of Fairhope, the Fairhope Soccer Club, and community soccer supporters.
Since its beginnings in Fairhope in the late 1980’s, families, children, coaches and volunteers have shared not just in the love of a sport but the community fellowship, sportsmanship, character and life lessons found in the game. Easily 10,000 boys and girls ages 3-18 have counted Fairhope Soccer Club a part of their lives.
Until now, games took place on Saturday mornings at Founders Park – a 25 acre gift from the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation now showing its age and limits in keeping up with the sport.
Property for the new complex was purchased in 2009 by the City of Fairhope, followed with installation of parking, lighting and sod. The Club contributed funding for equipment and goals, and a matching contribution between the Fairhope Single Tax Colony and City added the concession/restroom complex.
SCORE – The Campaign for the Soccer Complex - is a fundraising mission to provide everything beyond the very basics. Our fields – and children – still need concrete sidewalks, overflow parking, shade pavilions, and safety fencing within and on the park’s exterior facing both Manley Road and CR 13. In addition, we lack a playground, tournament stands, additional bathrooms and other components of the first-class facilities our teams find in other cities around the state.
The youth of Fairhope deserve no less.
Club Soccer dribbled to the Eastern Shore decades ago, but didn’t officially arrive at Fairhope High School until 1985. The Girls and Boys programs would grow under the leadership of coaches like Tim Alford, Eddie Strachan, Paul Stroud and Bob Keyser and ultimately see the Pirates capture the Alabama 6A Boys Soccer Championship in 2009.
Over the years, at least twelve boys and nine girls playing on FHS/Fairhope Soccer Club teams have enjoyed scholarship support and reached their goals of playing college soccer. Many have returned as volunteers others on the Saturday morning sidelines.
Why is the City not just paying to finish the complex? The City matched FSTC in a significant combined pledge of $600,000 to build the concession/restroom facility. As a true public-private partnership, FSC is required to provide the rest.
Why am I paying for a facility used by so many kids who don’t live in Fairhope? The vast majority of children playing our fields call 36532 home. Our games and tournaments include players from Daphne, around the state and beyond just as programs in other cities also understand the value of sports tourism.
Are we leaving Founders? Founders Park will continue to be needed for practice, overflow and games by both Fairhope Soccer Club, Fairhope Middle and High School, and now youth flag football and lacrosse.
Family name/Corporate Logo on field signage, all communications materials
*Two Year Naming Rights
$50 / 12 months | $35 / 12 months
Single Gift – $25+
Our Campaign Committee is happy to discuss other donation amounts and opportunities.