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NEFC Announces New Region & Partner Club

By Jason B, 07/29/20, 12:15PM EDT


July 29th, Mendon, MA, 2020; New England Futbol Club (NEFC) is proud to announce the addition of a new region in Blackstone Valley, along with a new club partner in Hammer FC.

The NEFC Blackstone Valley Region will bring Fortis FC under the NEFC umbrella. Fortis FC was formed in the Fall of 2016 with a focus on establishing a competitive soccer community where players always come first and the player/team-centered approach was paramount over a results-oriented environment.  

The NEFC Blackstone Valley Region will encompass players from Brimfield, the Brookfields, Charlton, Dudley, Webster, Holland, Douglas, Millbury, Wales, Oxford, Sutton, Spencer, Sturbridge, Southbridge, Auburn, Leicester, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Blackstone, and Millville.


Heading up NEFC Blackstone Valley will be Mike Elster, who will be the Director of Coaching in this region. Coach Elster will also be taking on the reigns in the NEFC Wachusett region and will look to add to the existing programming from surrounding towns.


"With Mike's experience and knowledge of this region and with the full support of NEFC and its resources, we are excited to establish a new foothold in the Blackstone Valley area which will provide players a platform to play for NEFC and opportunities for players to become ingrained in the club through additional programing" commented James Hamblin, NEFC General Manager.


The partnership with Hammer FC is an exciting opportunity for NEFC with looks to provide a pathway for the very best players under the leadership of Hank George.


Hammer Futbol Club was founded to educate, inspire, and empower young people from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds by engaging them in the game of soccer. The goal of Hammer FC is to unify people from all walks of life through sports. To re-establish the "beautiful game" of soccer and continue its tradition of creativity, imagination, excitement, passion, and fun. To develop better athletes, scholars, and citizens by challenging each player to reach his or her full potential. Hammer FC are one of Massachusetts' most diverse and best player development clubs with multiple Division I teams and championships to their credit.

"Having a partner in NEFC Hammer and Hank George is paramount in the mission of NEFC to provide an elite Player Pathway for the very best players exposing them to opportunities at the highest levels" said Hamblin, NEFC General Manager.

Both the NEFC Blackstone Valley Region and the NEFC Hammer partnership will commence immediately.


NEFC is a 501(c)3 not for profit premier soccer club which develops youth soccer players, ages 6-23, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. With a staff of over 85 coaches, NEFC trains over 4,000 youth players and plays in competitive local and national leagues. NEFC also provides soccer- related programs such as tournaments, seminars, injury prevention education, athletic performance training and college placement.