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By DE TURF STAFF, 02/04/19, 10:30AM EST


FREDERICA, DE(February 4, 2019) – The DE TURF Sports Complex announced today a 10-year lease extension with tenant soccer club, Coastal Atlantic Futbol Club or CAFC, through the year 2028. CAFC will continue to rent the facility’s synthetic turf fields for training times as well as league home games. Coastal Atlantic FC operates under the Youth Sports Institute of Delaware (YSI), a 501c3 non-profit organization through the Delaware Community Foundation. The mission of the Institute is to facilitate the development of young student athletes by utilizing cutting edge sports science and training methods to elevate their performance on and off the field.  Helping to create better players and teammates today to become better people tomorrow.


“The Youth Sports Institute of Delaware and Coastal Atlantic Futbol Club are so very proud, excited and most of all grateful to be able to call DE Turf our home for the next 10 years,” said Shelley Dougherty, Executive Director for YSI. “To be able to offer our athletes such a first-class facility and to be able to share the Turf with visiting clubs puts our club in a very special position.  To hear our families, coaches and our visitors rave about the DE Turf Sports Complex is a true testament to the energy, passion and commitment of everyone who made this facility go from a dream to a reality.  YSI and CAFC look forward to building a bright future with DE Turf.”


“The Coastal Atlantic Futbol Club has done a phenomenal job to create affordable opportunities for young athletes in Central Delaware to play, learn, grow and compete which aligns perfectly with our mission statement,” said Chris Giacomucci, DE TURF Executive Director. “We look forward to building on our relationship with CAFC as well as all of the youth clubs across Delaware. Every soccer player has the opportunity to play here through a variety of tournament, league and program opportunities.” 


About DE TURF Sports Complex

The award-winning, state-of-the-art DE Turf is the largest all-turf, multi-use sports complex in the Mid-Atlantic. Located in Frederica, Delaware the complex features 12 synthetic turf fields including 5 fields with lights, a championship stadium with bleacher seating, on-site concessions, restrooms and public Wi-Fi. The mission of DE Turf is to serve as an economic engine for central Delaware, providing a first-class sports destination venue that attracts sports tourism to the area, as well as services the local community needs for youth to play, learn, compete and grow. For more information on the facility, visit, like DE Turf on Facebook and follow @DE_Turf on Twitter (#DETurf).


About Youth Sports Institute of Delaware

The Youth Sports Institute of Delaware (YSI) is a non-profit organization* that strives to bring the benefits of sports sciences and training to all student athletes in our community and surrounding areas. Over the years, it has become clear that many of our children do not have access to the crucial services that they need to excel as not only athletes, but students as well. The ideology behind YSI is to bring all of these services under one “umbrella.” Sports training, psychology, nutrition, injury prevention, cardiac and concussion testing and college placement…all in one place…YSI. Not only do we carefully choose our partners to bring the best programming available to our student athletes, but we make it available to EVERY athlete. The majority of our funding is used to help send student athletes to camps specific to their sport, where they can benefit from the best coaching, trainers, mentors and counseling that is available. From individual athletes to entire teams, our goal is to make today’s student athletes into tomorrow’s leaders. While student athletes are the primary focus of our mission, YSI also realizes that without referees and coaches, our sports will struggle. That is why we also offer seminars to aid in licensing and education for those who are currently involved or would like to become involved in sports. Seeing a void and charting a course to fill it, the Youth Sports Institute of Delaware is working to change the landscape of sports in our area. Educating our student athletes, parents, referees and coaches to help EVERYONE reach their full potential. The Youth Sports Institute of Delaware is a 5013C entity through the Delaware Community Foundation.