Reston Soccer Envisions Lighted Fields and Clubhouse on RA Land

by Karen Goff July 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm 16 Comments

Lake Newport SoccerReston Soccer is hoping to organize dozens of young soccer players in uniform to attend Thursday’s Reston Association Board of Directors meeting to lobby for “a new home for Reston Soccer.”

Reston Soccer President Robert Anguizola told Reston Now last month that the organization, which serves more than 1,500 youth soccer players, wants to turn two fields, preferably at RA”s Lake Newport Soccer, into artificial turf fields.

“We are doing a lot of things to improve player development,” Anguizola said . “One thing that is a big part of that is field and facility quality.”

Anguilzola will present a plan to the RA Board Thursday that takes Reston Soccer’s plans way beyond field conversion.

Said Reston Soccer in an email to members:

Reston Soccer will present its proposal for building a new home for Reston Soccer at Lake Newport Soccer fields which would include: 2 full size synthetic turf fields with plant derived infill (not tire crumb!); low glare LED lights; bathrooms; and a clubhouse!”

[We are] looking to partner with Reston Association and raise the funds via grassroots fundraising by Reston Soccer, proffers, corporate sponsorships, phased building over number of years if necessary. Eager to work with the community in a collaborative manner to minimize the impact and support the needs of the surrounding community.

While supplies last, we will give anyone that comes to the meeting to support Reston Soccer a Reston Strong jersey! Need to fill the room to the gills. We need to show that people love soccer in Reston and care about better fields!

The RA Board will not vote on this proposal Thursday; the presentation is for discussion only.

In 2013, RA gave South Lakes High School $50,000 for a $2 million project to convert two grass fields to turf. In turn, RA got places on the turf usage schedule. RA originally had committed $100,000 to the project.

Reston Soccer donated $150,000 to the SLHS project.

Anguizola said in June Reston Soccer has benefitted from additional playing time on the SLHS fields, Reston still needs additional turf fields.

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