What started out as an effort to allow Arsenal parents to rekindle the competitive fire of their youth has evolved into international incident. What began as an idea to promote fitness and fellowship among a band of 30-something, former footballers has become a cohesive unit of talented players who have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the West Penn Adult Soccer Association.
The Arsenal Football Club has added yet another piece to the puzzle to create a comprehensive family-friendly, top tier football academy that has a ‘product’ for multiple ages and for any skill-level.
Though not all of the team members had a previous connection to the Club, at the core of this team are parents of Arsenal Youth who are participating within the club at every level from Academy to the West Ham United ID program.
In their inaugural season, the elder statesmen of Arsenal rallied from their second-place league finish to win the PASA Division-II championship over Ohio Valley FC.
After a successful winter campaign at PISA in Harmarville, the men have finished the first leg of the 2013 season; again in second place at 5-1-1, and prepare for the Adult League Open Tournament Turner Valley the weekend of June 15th-16th.
Team Co-Manager, Emmanuel Frempong, MD is a native of Ghana who lived in Sweden prior to relocating to the United States. His sons Kwaku and Kwame joined the Arsenal family in 2011 and now participate on the U12 Elite and U9/10 Academy teams respectively.
Additional Arsenal parents include Christopher Tsai, Jared Voight-Cherna, Francisco Schopfer, Pablo Alvarez, Sean McCann, Peter Votruba-Drzal and Co-Manager, Christopher Conti.
The O-30 Gunners, ironically have nearly one-third of its players who are age-eligible for the O-40 division. The O-30 squad is now the second adult-division team sponsored by the Club—again a testimony to goal of Arsenal to promote football for all ages.
Please visit the Arsenal calendar to find out about game times and locations—all home matches are at the Shadyside Academy Senior School.
For more information, please contact Christopher Conti. Go Gunners!