A New York-based youth soccer organization has acquired a Morristown-based training company, it announced Wednesday.
Super Soccer Stars, which calls itself the largest corporately run youth soccer program in the country, has added Kickz UK, which has worked with teams in northern New Jersey since 2007, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kickz UK and Claire Smith, with her 24 years of international coaching experience, to the Super Soccer Stars family,” Dean Simpson, Super Soccer Stars’ chief programs officer, said in a prepared statement. “Kickz UK embodies our driving principles of fun, educational soccer instruction in a safe environment, allowing children to flourish at their own pace. Claire and her team are natural partners for us, as we continue to expand our reach of best-in-class soccer content across the country. We look forward to a fantastic future together.”
Super Soccer Stars, which has been in business since 2000, was acquired by CEO Adam Geisler and his team six months ago. The new ownership said it is planning to look for new partners and acquisitions for the national platform.
“On behalf of our entire coaching staff, Kickz UK is proud to be joining forces with Super Soccer Stars,” Smith, the founder, said in a statement. “The Kickz philosophy is to bring training methods and techniques from around the world and introduce them to youth soccer programs throughout New Jersey. Our coaches draw from experience in both the U.S. and abroad, to offer skill development and unique team strategies. Super Soccer Stars shares in that mission and coaching experience.”
The deal bolsters Super Soccer Stars’ presence in New Jersey, it said.
“With the addition of Kickz UK, we have added approximately 50 youth soccer programs across New Jersey, including Chatham, Metuchen, Lenape Valley and Hunterdon,” Geisler said in a statement. “We will continue to seek out local market brands to acquire.”