The TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf, Iowa, continues to make strides as one of the finest sports and entertainment complexes in the country.
And now, it will be helping shape the futures of talented soccer players.
Sporting Iowa, an affiliate academy program of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City recently announced it has expanded its club into the eastern part of Iowa with the addition of Sporting Iowa East. This expansion will play an important part in the growth of soccer in the eastern part of Iowa by elevating the level of youth soccer while also offering extensive benefits that will directly impact the improvement of players and coaches. TBK Bank Sports Complex will be the home base for Sporting Iowa East.
“The Quad Cities is a hotbed of talent and potential, that will immensely benefit from a quality, professional run program with a clear long-term player development pathway, that can keep our elite players training locally in the optimal environment,” said Paul Dayrell, who will oversee Sporting Iowa’s Eastern operations. “Partnering with Sporting KC provides the true pinnacle to the developmental pyramid and the opportunity for our local talent to set their goals as big as their dreams.”
As Sporting Kansas City Academy Affiliates, Eastern Iowa players will enjoy significant benefits such as:
- A professionally run and organized soccer club experience
- A natural pathway to one of the top professional MLS teams in the country
- An invitation to participate in tournaments and events exclusive to Academy Affiliate members
- Sporting Clubs Network Calendar, exclusive events, contests, and discounted Sporting KC and women’s professional team Swope Park Rangers tickets
Sporting Iowa was established in 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa and has established itself as the No. 1 youth soccer club in Iowa. The team’s vision is to develop, assist and support every player in achieving his or her full potential as an athlete, providing the appropriate training, mentorship, and soccer opportunities.
Dayrell is no stranger to Iowa soccer and has seen unprecedented success in Iowa. In 2013, while in Iowa City, Dayrell’s 17u girls made history becoming the first and only team from Iowa to win a U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Regional Title and to represent Iowa at a national championship.
The TBK Bank Sports Complex is a 75 acre interactive complex comprised of an indoor and outdoor sports complex and a two-story family entertainment center known as High 5 Lanes & Games. This makes the TBK Bank Sports Complex one of the largest sports complexes in the Midwest.