Established in 1983, New River United is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing soccer opportunities for all ages and ability levels in the New River Valley. The club is run by a staff of four, a Board of Directors, and the many volunteers who contribute time and other resources. Currently the largest nonprofit organization in the area, NRU supports the activity of over 1500 members, including players from the U5 age group all the way through the adult league. Youth players can participate across a range of competition levels and can play year round. In May, NRU hosts its annual Summer Kick-Off Tournament, which is held on the beautiful Virginia Tech campus. With strong community support and successful programs, both the tournament and the club continue to grow each year.
Our objective at the New River United is to educate, teach, and provide soccer at all levels. From our Recreational League to our Premier Program, the ability to offer soccer to everyone is what inspires us.
Being around for as long as we have, it is understood that without the support of our community we would not have a club today. With 95% of our organization being volunteer based, it is their hard work and dedication that make it possible for quality soccer all the time.
Since 1983, we have been continuously adapting, not only to improve the soccer experience, but also to utilize innovative methods for development, college track, coaching philosophies, and for opportunities to play at the highest level possible. Along with our certified coaching staff, strong leadership, and community support, NRU has become the largest non-profit sports organization in the New River Valley.
Currently, we support the activity of over 1500 members; this includes recreational players at the U5 age group, all the way up to our ever demanding Adult League. Recently, NRU has partnered with Gateway Baptist Church, a multi-purpose sports facility, which allows for year round play. With this new relationship, comes new mediums of playing; we are now able to hold a Winter Futsal League, and even hold training sessions during the cold months of the year.
In addition to league play, we also host a tournament each year: the National Bank Summer Kick-Off, held at the prestigious Virginia Tech. Our tournament continues to grow each and every year.
For almost three decades now we have seen that greatness can be accomplished; whether it’s seeing the U5 bearcats score their first goal or watching a 17 year old kid get signed to a Div-1 program, we strive to offer this great sport at every level, for every player.