La Roca Park
La Roca Park is Now Open
Please note! As you travel to La Roca Park, please avoid cutting through the neighborhood to the east of the complex. If you use I-84 and the Adams Parkway exit to get to La Roca Park, please do not use 6650 South to get to South Weber Drive. Instead, stay on southbound 475 East until it ends at South Weber Drive. We realize that many navigational systems direct you to turn on 6650 South, but South Weber City has specifically asked that La Roca families not cut through that neighborhood. Thank you for helping us keep our promise to our new neighbors.
La Roca Park is now open! Located at 128 E. South Weber Drive in South Weber, it is the new Center of Athletic Excellence for La Roca FC. The 100x60-yard turf field will accommodate up to 8 teams simultaneously for indoor training during the winter months. Additional times for scrimmage games on the full field are also available. La Roca’s business offices are inside the building. The outdoor fields will be planted in the spring.
If you did not attend the grand opening events, here’s what you missed.
NET-CUTTING CEREMONY La Roca Park held its official grand opening and net-cutting ceremony on October 30. Attendees at the historic event included officials from South Weber City Council, emergency responders from the South Weber Fire Department, current and former members of the La Roca Board of Directors, representatives from UYSA, as well as several La Roca coaches, players, and parents. Tim Wheelwright, President of La Roca FC, presided over the event.
COLLEGE NIGHT About 150 La Roca players and parents attended La Roca College Night 2017 on October 30. Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake defender, opened the event, and shared some personal stories about his journey to becoming a professional soccer player. His advice: “Do what you love.” Will Pridemore, Director of Compliance for Weber State University, reviewed NCAA eligibility guidelines and academic requirements. For more information, visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future. Finally, the following college coaches answered questions from the audience:
- Heather Cairns, Utah State University, Women’s Head Coach
- Meagan Thunell, Weber State University, Women’s Assistant Coach
- Rich Manning, University of Utah, Women’s Head Coach
- Tony LeBlanc, Westminster College, Women’s Head Coach
- Mark Davis, Salt Lake Community College, Women’s and Men’s Head Coach
- Michael Chesler, Utah Valley University, Men’s Associate Head Coach
- Jennifer Rockwood, Brigham Young University, Women’s Head Coach
- Nuno Gourgel, Snow College, Women’s and Men’s Head Coach
- Fred Thompson, Southern Utah University, Women’s Head Coach
LA ROCA COACH V. ALUMNI GAME The first ever La Roca Coach v. Alumni game was held November 1 at La Roca Park, and was a victory for the former La Roca players. Over 100 players and parents cheered on the players, who were wearing new jerseys, compliments of Puma. All agreed that a coach v. alumni game should become an annual event!
LA ROCA PARK COMMUNITY CARNIVAL The culmination of the grand opening week was a community soccer carnival on November 2. The event included tennis futbol, target goal shooting, juggling contests, small-sided games, and the main attraction -- a giant inflatable Ultimate Foos. It was a fun-filled evening for La Roca players, coaches and our new friends and neighbors in the community. The South Weber fire department even participated by taking a few shots on one of the target goals. All children in attendance received a free La Roca water bottle, hat, or t-shirt.