Indiana Soccer is pleased, and supports the agreement, collaboration and hard work of SWISA Soccer Club and Evansville SC to partner with Evansville’s Parks Department, and the Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau to enhance the quality of the preliminary rounds of the Indiana State, Presidents and Challenge Cup. This four-way collaboration is part of Evansville’s strategic plan to attract Indiana Soccer to locate these important events in Evansville.
Indiana Soccer, through its Executive Director, Dave Guthrie asked these clubs to raise the bar in their approach to create a bid to host the preliminary rounds of the Indiana State, Presidents, and Challenge Cup. SWISA and Evansville Soccer Club talked about the opportunity and decided to invite Evansville’s Parks Department and the Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau to join in the bid process by becoming a member of local organizing/bid committee. The newly formed local organizing/bid committee invited Indiana Soccer’s, site selection committee for a site tour of Goebel Park. The proposed tournament site looked spectacular and after the site visit, the local organizing committee met with Indiana Soccer’s site committee to determine what Evansville needed to provide in order to elevate the quality of the event.
Evansville’s bid was innovative in that it partnered both of the local clubs, working collectively and with city of Evansville to serve as the site sponsor. The Park’s Department and the EVCB provided grants in order to lower the cost of bringing the event back to Evansville.
The site selection committee was impressed with the innovation and dedication to securing Evansville as a host site. “I am impressed by the sincere commitment and willingness of SWISA, ESC, the Evansville Parks Department, and the Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau to combine efforts to elevate the quality and professionalism of the preliminary rounds of Indiana’s State, Presidents and Challenge Cups. It is particularly refreshing to see two clubs who compete fiercely on the pitch, be able to enjoin their passions for excellence for the benefit of the larger soccer family. ” Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer’s Executive Director said.
The members of the Evansville clubs, who will be volunteering and providing a number of tournament support functions, are thrilled to host the event; their service is invaluable to the success and overall quality of the event. Indiana Soccer whenever possible will schedule the Evansville volunteers’ children’s teams to play in Evansville, to allow these hard-working volunteers the opportunity to watch their children play.
Indiana Soccer appreciates the fact that the city of Evansville has established a new high-water mark for Indiana Soccer’s hosted events. Indiana Soccer is impressed with the value that Evansville’s collaborative, local organizing committee has contributed to the bid/hosting process and expects that other clubs that intend to bid to host future events will adopt Evansville’s city/club collaborative model.