2008-04-09 / Sports

Registration Starts For FHYAA 2008 Soccer Season

Forest Hills Youth Activities Association (FHYAA) Vice President Tom Brennan at the wheel of a John Deere tractor purchased with funds  provided by the office of Councilmember Melinda Katz, with Carl Bobick, equipment manager. Bobick, an original FHYAA Little Leaguer, has been with the program as a volunteer for 50 years.
Photos Dan Miller/DMD Images 

By Dan Miller 
Registration will begin this week for children interested in playing soccer this fall in the Forest Hills Youth Activities  Association (FHYAA) soccer program in Forest Hills. Registration will take place at the FHYAA clubhouse, 66-01 Fleet St., Forest Hills, in the green building next to the ball fields. Boys and girls entering kindergarten and going through the eighth grade are eligible to participate in the program, which runs from September through early November. FHYAA offers instructional games for the younger teams and competitive games for the older teams, a unique feature of the sports program. All questions regarding registration can be directed to 718-544-2296.

Tom Brennan, vice president of the Forest Hills Youth Activities  Association, indicated that this year FHYAA is again offering an all-girls soccer division. This program is open to girls entering the third grade and going through the eighth grade this fall. Instructors will be available for all teams to help players learn and  improve their skills.

“Support for the program has come mostly from registration fees, but local elected officials like City Councilmember Melinda Katz have been helpful in getting city grants on a yearly basis, and larger grants, which we used to buy a John Deere tractor.” Brennan said. “The Hevesis  have also helped out over the years and Dan Hevesi has coached here for several  years.”

Brennan noted that the program also received assistance from the Peyton family, former owners of the Mets, who made a loan so that the organization could purchase the seven-acre piece of land from the Long Island Rail Road to build what are now the FHYAA fields. A few years after lending the money to the organization, the family forgave the loan, thus offering additional assistance to the FHYAA and the youth of Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew  Gardens.

Registration will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 10 and ll from 7 to 9 p.m.  and on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The FHYAA offers and sponsors a variety of programs for youth in the area through its affiliates: Forest Hills Little League, Pony Colt League, FHYAA  Soccer, Forest Hills Basketball and Forest Hills Girls Softball. 

For more information about the soccer program as well as the other youth programs sponsored by the FHYAA, visit www.fhyaa.com.

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