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Albany, N.Y. - BWP Football Academy will continue to offer futsal, both training and in-house league play (intramurals). Last year, the Schenectady YMCA and Schenectady Boys & Girls Club were sites for the Pre-Academy and Academy flights. The Club will continue to work to provide futsal for our players. "There simply is no way to replicate the speed at which our players have to think and respond in their play. We are super proud of the fact that we offer this element in our annual programming, and we feel strongly that it supports our players' development," stated Academy Director Steve Freeman.

Albany, N.Y. - Black Watch Premier announced that the club will host its Futsal Training Program at the Albany Capital Center. The club confirmed that it has leased the facility from December 2020 through March 2021.

The BWP Futsal Training Program develops elite youth soccer players and focuses on their technique and speed of play.

BWP’s contract with the ACC will enable the club to operate its current futsal programming and provide the opportunity to expand. The facility will have three hard courts, which are large enough to host three futsal matches simultaneously. The club will run training sessions and matches within the organization at this time.

“This partnership is just the beginning of a great relationship. The Albany Capital Center is a great venue to hold events — coaching symposiums and workshops — as well as our futsal programming and future events,” said Steve Freeman, CEO and President of BWP.

The $78 million convention center has been only open for production set up and hasn’t hosted an event since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

“During this pandemic, we have continued to find ways to use our facility resources to operate safely under NYS guidelines. Using our three basketball floors on the second level, we were able to create 26,000 square feet of training space, completely separated from the lower level where we will continue to hold small business meetings and webinars. Futsal is a moderate-risk sport and currently permitted to train under NYS guidelines. We are happy to be able to use our multi-purpose facility to generate revenues when our traditional core business is limited,” said Doug McClaine, General Manager of the Albany Capital Center,

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to expand our programming from one night a week with futsal to the entire season — December through March. Our players will be so much better technically, and their speed of play will increase and improve through the play and training of futsal. We absolutely pride ourselves in trying to stay current with our methodologies and training practices, and this is another example of trying to change the market for the better,” added Freeman.