Community sports programs for kids in Upper Milford Township continue to flourish and expand according to the Youth Association’s Matt Skekel.
Currently, over 375 children from the township are involved in some form of sport, with more than 220 participating in the soccer program in particular.
“A lot of the growth has revolved around the soccer program,” said Skekel, who’s worked with the Upper Milford Youth Association since 2007.
According to him, the support of government officials is an enormous reason for their group’s continued growth.
“Other organizations I’ve worked with haven’t had this kind of relationship with the township,” he said. “My reason for being here…first is to say thank you.”
The association is not done though.
The group is set on expanding its facilities by creating a soccer field, updating current equipment by adding a scoreboard to Lenape Park and also by revitalizing once-popular sports in the township such as volleyball.
This will bolster recent additions to the program which include a new lacrosse option for local kids.
The Youth Association’s sporting tournaments have also drawn in members from surrounding communities, according to Skekel.
“We’ve had teams all over the Lehigh Valley [participate],” he said. “We’ve had great response from people that come and love the environment.”
The board of supervisors for Upper Milford expressed gratitude for the Skekel's work and the work of his organization.
At a prior meeting, the supervisors granted the organization an annual budget of $5,000 to help it continue to grow.
“Talk to Parks and Recreation and see if you can put something together,” said supervisor Robert Sentner.
The money received, according to Skekel, will primarily help the group recuperate from the $4,500 used to create a lacrosse program.