REVS UNITED founder Cory Halvorsen (left) has welcomed Prospect Mountain graduate Lucas Therrien as the club's Program Director. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
November 18, 2021ALTON — These are pretty exciting times for the Revolution United.
What started as a soccer club back in 2011 has grown into a local sports program that has a little something for everyone.
"We've transformed over the last few years to a sports group, not just a soccer club," said club founder Cory Halvorsen. "We still are the community club where we have a purpose to serve the high school, they have to have a feeder program."
However, a few years ago, the Revolution United became the official recreation program for the soccer and basketball programs in the towns of Alton and Barnstead.
"Adding the recreation program opened up a lot of opportunities to these kids through our contacts," Halvorsen added, noting that the local athletes recently got a chance to play on the turf at Gillette Stadium before a New England Revolution game. "Those are opportunities that we can provide that they might not have had before."
As the club continued to take on more and more, Halvorsen realized that it was time to add some extra help and he didn't have to turn too far to find the right person for the job.
Prospect Mountain graduate Lucas Therrien, who graduated from the school in 2019 and went on to New Hampshire Technical Institute and earned his associate's degree in sports management was brought on as the club's Program Director in July. Therrien did his internship with the club and that's when things started to come together for the full-time position.
"He's the only full-time employee and we have a grant process to get funds, so it has no effect to registration fees," Halvorsen said, noting the grant provides five years of payment for Therrien's position. "We don't have to raise money to pay for it.
"From a growth standpoint we needed somebody to be full time," he added.
For Therrien, it was a natural fit.
'"I like the area, Wolfeboro, Alton, Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, and the community is great," Therrien said. "And soccer has been on the up and up here.
"The soccer teams have been getting better and better, not just for the Revolution, but in the surrounding schools too," he continued. "And our numbers are on the rise."
The Revolution, through their recreation programs in the local communities, will also be able to help parents determine what the right next step is for their kids.
"It's an extra step in the development of players, you can see where players can be slotted," Halvorsen said, "We're able to give advice on what steps to take."
Therrien noted that the U10 team had some recreation players who were excelling on their teams move up to play with the U10s.
"And since we do soccer and basketball, you don't have to generally choose between sports," Therrien said.
Another exciting development for the Revolution is the opening of an indoor facility in Epsom that will be allowing the players to play indoor soccer throughout the winter on a regular basis.
The facility, being built by Elite Sports Academy, will allow the Revolution to train indoors throughout the winter. Halvorsen said that the team will continue to play indoor league games out of the usual facility in Bow.
"This is going to be a really good place to train and get that training done," Halvorsen said. "We're really excited about it, it's something we've never been able to provide before."
Therrien has also been charged with helping to bring in some new coaches, as both he and Halvorsen noted that without coaches, the club wouldn't be able to offer all the programs that it offers.
Anyone looking for more information on the Revolution United's sports programs can check out the club's web site at revsunited.com.
Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or email@example.com.