Inside Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club’s 130,000-square-foot facility, guests can hone their ground strokes on the tennis court, practice dunking on the basketball court, or learn to breathe underwater in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, exercisers can join in on group fitness classes such as yoga, water aerobics, and spinning, work out in one of two cardio rooms, or train under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer.
At Pinnacle Sports, clients ranging in age from toddlers to full-grown adults train in a variety of sports. A staff of qualified coaches helps kids of all ages practice soccer, baseball, volleyball, softball, jumprope, basketball, and lacrosse fundamentals during classes, youth leagues, and immersive summer camps. Meanwhile, adults build strong, healthy bodies during fitness bootcamps and personal-training sessions, or socialize through sports leagues and team parties. The facility fosters skill-building and physical development with a wealth of amenities, including two full-sized indoor soccer fields, indoor baseball/softball field, outdoor turf field, 10 batting cages, and supportive peers who can help improve high-five accuracy.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
At Force Soccer Shoppes, soccer players gear up for on-field confrontation with a wide selection of apparel and gear. Replica jerseys inspire players to channel the adroitness of their favorite national or English Premier League players. Gear from brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Puma keeps players fashionable on the field. Sensitive shins can take refuge behind Force’s selection of shin guards, and 3/4-length soccer pants reveal tattoos of full-leg soccer pants
In 2009, the Cleveland City Stars folded, leaving the Sixth City without a soccer franchise to call its own. Two years later, the group of local soccer supporters known as the 6th City Syndicate finally found a new team to cheer for as AFC Cleveland (its initials: A Fans' Club) joined the National Premier Soccer League, finally bringing the beloved sport back to Cleveland's glacially-formed soccer stadiums. Bolstered by the Syndicate's support, the team surged into the NPSL spotlight in its very first season, winning the first-ever Rust Belt Derby and upsetting the Erie Admirals to claim the Great Lakes Conference championship.
The Soccer Institute's program director, Mark Mallon, has trained in English and Scottish FA coaching schools and has coached Division I soccer teams at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, and he draws on that experience when training youth and teen soccer players. The rest of the coaching team has formidable experience as well?many of the instructors work at collegiate programs throughout the country. This well-versed coaching staff boasts expertise in nearly every area of the sport, from the role of the keeper to the role of the handlers who wrap the keeper back up in the goal netting every night.
The Soccer Institute's programs, which include youth soccer clubs and camps for both beginner and elite players, are based in American soccer methodology. But at the same time, they draw from the principles of European soccer schools to give students a well-rounded education in on-field strategy, basic maneuvers, kicking techniques, and an array of other skills.