Allentown United Football Club
The People's Club
There is a NEW Semi-Pro Soccer Club coming to Allentown. The goal of our program is to provide a platform on which talented local players can flourish all while being role models in the community through volunteer initiatives and other community engagement activities. We aim to develop Leaders.
Members of our organization are Lehigh Valley locals. The inspiration for this expansion stems from our experience playing with locals of the Lehigh Valley area and also volunteering with the local youth club, Parkland Soccer. There is so much talent in the Lehigh Valley. Many who do not get a chance to play in college simply stop playing or rely on finding pickup games to get their fill of soccer. I want the 13 year olds I coach and other young players to have something to look forward to and something to work towards. The clubs vision is to recognize and cultivate top talent in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas and encourage players to stick with soccer. Sports are an integral part in keeping the youth in our community away from harm and out of trouble. Soccer, also known as the beautiful game, has the power to unify and bring together an entire community. We were featured on WFMZ-TV’s Sports Segment. Since then, we have secured our place in a National League, the United Premier Soccer League, launched an apparel campaign, secured a uniform sponsor, and completed tryouts where we saw a total of 123 players from all around the country. We were also feature in an article on Lehigh Valley Business.
On March 24th and May 26th we hosted two very successful small sided 7v7 tournaments where we attracted a total of 15 teams from all over Eastern, PA as well as New Jersey. The tournaments served as fundraising events where we also collected sports goods to benefit our local Boys and Girls Clubs as well as a soccer Academy in Kenya named The Dreams Alive Foundation.
The club will field a men’s team (ages 17-28) that will compete in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), which is a National League as stated earlier. We are targeting our inaugural season for Fall 2019(September-December). We plan to be a permanent staple in the Allentown and Lehigh Valley community. We will run tryouts months before season kicks off. We have future plans to establish a youth academy in the upcoming years. Players will have the chance to show their talents on a national stage and attract colleges for higher eduction opportunities, or even professional clubs. We have started building a following on Facebook and Instagram @allentownunited. Join the movement to support The People's Club.
Founder: Emmanuel Ntow-Mensah
Domicile: Allentown, PA
Geographical Impact: The Lehigh Valley
Idea Born: 2018
Joined HSI Community: January, 2019
HSI Relationship: Certified Grantee: GO for Impact!