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Aug, 2020

The Bucy Foundation Team-Up to Build 5 Mini-Pitches

NCFC Youth, North Carolina Football Club, and The Bucy Foundation Team-Up to Build 5 Mini-Pitches

Five fields part of commitment to make soccer more accessible and provide opportunities for young North Carolinians to thrive and grow

Raleigh, NC (August 26, 2020) – NCFC Youth, North Carolina Football Club, and The Bucy Foundation today jointly announce a commitment to create five soccer mini-pitches in communities across the Triangle over the next two years. The mini-pitches will be dedicated to free play, pick-up soccer, and community engagement.

 “We know that access to fields is one of the biggest barriers to playing soccer. Space that does exist is a commodity and is often limited due to geographic access, field rentals, public use restrictions, and programming – including our own,” said Gary Buete, CEO of NCFC Youth. “By offering an open space with few restrictions, we want to offer families a safe and accessible place to play, and as a byproduct, we hope these fields attract kids to the game who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play.”

Developing mini-pitches, which are hard court mini-fields, in local communities has proven successful in making the game of soccer more accessible and improving overall community health and safety. On a national level, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has committed to creating 1,000 new mini-pitches by 2026. To date, the Foundation has installed more than 300 mini-pitches. According to surveys conducted by the U.S Soccer Foundation, community partners report that mini-pitches have a positive impact on their communities:

-        98% say people in their community are more active
-        98% say the community feels safer
-        93% say the mini-pitch serves as a community hub

“Our goal is to create a space that brings people together and, through play, provides a safe space for young people to develop important life skills,” said Ashlie Bucy, Director of the Bucy Foundation. “We have seen in our own lives, and in the lives of our children, just how effective sports can be in helping to teach young people how to develop a strong work ethic, cope with failure, build resiliency and learn to interact with people from different backgrounds. Every child should have access to these types of learning environments that set the stage for success later in life.”

NCFC Youth, the North Carolina Football Club, and The Bucy Foundation are seeking other community stakeholders to join in on this landmark collaboration. With the help of local partners, the group will identify areas where there is limited access to safe playing environments or where there are existing, high traffic venues that attract a diverse population from across our community. The mini-pitches, which will be about the size of a basketball court, are ideal in urban areas with limited green space, and the surface requires little maintenance.

“The North Carolina Football Club is excited to be a partner in this transformative community project building environments that will benefit youth, encourage play and grow the sport,” said Steve Malik, Owner and Chairman of the North Carolina Football Club. “As we work towards developing Downtown South and our home stadium, creating these mini-pitches will be an ideal addition to the district and provide further opportunities for community partnerships. Until then, we look forward to working alongside NCFC Youth and The Bucy Foundation to identify other locations and support this effort.”

This collaboration and initiative showcase our collective effort to improve access to safe spaces to play and to give all youth the opportunity to learn and grow through playing soccer. To learn more about this initiative or to join in on this effort, 
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About The Bucy Foundation 
The Bucy Foundation is committed to breaking down barriers and developing important life skills such as social intelligence and work ethic to help prepare young North Carolinians for a changing world.

About NCFC Youth
North Carolina FC Youth (NCFC Youth), a non-profit youth organization, is committed to providing positive, high-quality soccer opportunities at all levels of play for youth and their families and to serve as a valuable community party. NCFC Youth has been providing youth with opportunities to learn and grow through the game since 1974. Each year, NCFC Youth welcomes more than 13,000 players through programs available to youth of all ages and abilities. To learn more about NCFC Youth, 
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About the North Carolina Football Club
North Carolina Football Club is the largest youth-to-professional soccer organization in the country, home to over 13,000 players. The club is comprised of a women’s First Division team, 2019 and 2018 NWSL Champions and 2018 Women’s International Champions Cup Champions North Carolina Courage (NWSL), a men’s Second Division team, North Carolina FC (USL), as well as a Premier Development League team, North Carolina FC U23 (USLPDL). The North Carolina Football Club is owned by local entrepreneur, Steve Malik, and managed by North Carolina native and longtime soccer executive Curt Johnson. North Carolina Football Club was established in 2016 to bring the highest levels of men’s and women’s professional soccer to the state. For more information, please visit


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