Club changing affiliation to Scottish Premiership club Dundee FC, which is owned and operated by two current DJCT Board of Directors; Dundee Juniors becomes one of the only youth clubs in the U.S. run by same owners as a club in a top European league
4/28/17 - Dynamo Juniors of Central Texas (DJCT) Soccer Club is becoming Dundee Juniors of Central Texas starting May 2017, affiliating with the Scottish Premiership Club, Dundee FC, which is owned and directed by current DJCT Board of Directors.
DJCT enjoyed a 7-year affiliation with the Houston Dynamo and the club would like to thank the first-class MLS organization and, in particular, James Clarkson, for all they did for DJCT.
Starting at May 2017 try-outs, the club will begin to wear the dark blue and white of Dundee FC, a club formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1893 and older than such famous clubs as Real Madrid (1902) and Bayern Munich (1900). The affiliation will see DJCT implementing some of the Dundee FC training curriculum that has been used to put players into some of the top leagues in Europe. DJCT players will be able to travel and train with DFC youth teams and play in European competitions. DJCT will use the newly signed agreement with Hill Country Indoor to bring Dundee FC staff to Austin in the summer to train and scout DJCT players. Further, admin staff from the Premiership team will work with DJCT staff in communications and marketing areas, along with securing training gear and uniforms for DJCT players. DJCT has over the past four years been associated with Dundee FC in a limited manner, running summer camps in conjunction with the Scottish club's coaching staff, as well as having the top 2004 boys’ team taking a trip to Scotland to play against DFC's youth teams, but by fully aligning and becoming the only youth-affiliate outside of Europe, these experiences will be a precursor of things DJCT players can enjoy.
To kick off the new era for DJCT as Dundee Juniors of Central Texas, Dundee FC Managing Director, John Nelms, will be traveling to Austin, along with current DFC team captain and Northern Ireland International, James McPake, for a kick-off meeting to discuss the new endeavour on Tuesday, May 9 from 7:00-8:00pm at the Bee Cave City Hall Community Room (4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave, TX 78738 - 2nd floor). All DJCT families are invited to attend as well as anyone outside the club that is interested in learning more about DJCT.
Dundee Juniors of Central Texas will continue to participate in all the current leagues (STYSA, WDDOA, CAYSA & U.S. Club Soccer) and carry-on the focus of developing technical players with a possession-based, short passing, build-from-the back style of play.
Dundee Juniors of Central Texas becomes the 124-year old U.K. club's first official affiliate outside of Scotland.
"With any affiliation, you are looking at the authenticity of the relationship and what opportunities and experiences the club can gain with the alignment", says Dundee Juniors of Central Texas, DOC, Tim Chestney. "Having our directors owning and operating the top-flight Scottish professional club speaks to the connectedness and authenticity. I don't think there is another youth club in the country with our situation. In a time when the majority of youth clubs place a patch on their uniform of some professional club, the DJCT-Dundee FC relationship will be able to go much deeper, as we will be able to share everything with Dundee FC due to this unique situation. In our limited association prior to today's announcement, we've already had Championship winning first-team manager (Paul Hartley) come to Austin and train our players along with his backroom staff. Our 2004 boys took a trip to Scotland and I've been fortunate to go over twice in the last two years to observe training, games and the admin side of the club. I'm excited for our players, coaches and families to experience this new chapter of DJCT."
Dundee Juniors of Central Texas