HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - With the first phase set to open this fall, Apex Sports & Events has signed on a few local groups looking to bring programming to the state-of-the-art facility.
Hillsborough Parks and Recreation, the Junior Raiders, Hillsborough Soccer Club, and Leading Edge Lacrosse will be among the organizations that will have a large presence at the complex starting in September.
“The vision of Apex, first and foremost, is to be a place for the local community to stay active through a variety of sports offerings,” said Gregg Wilke, Apex owner and long-time Hillsborough resident. “Partnering with these organizations is a great step toward fulfilling that vision.”
Apex Sports & Events will host training and games for the Hillsborough Township Recreation Soccer program starting this fall. This relationship will allow hundreds of local children the opportunity to learn the game of soccer on brand-new turf fields, which will be a first for the Parks and Recreation department.
“The mission of Parks and Recreation is to provide affordable, diverse recreation and social activities for people of all ages and abilities. Our partnership with Apex will help us in that mission, while also preserving our township fields to ensure they’re in good shape for all of our programming,” said Bob Wagner, director of Parks and Recreation.
The Junior Raiders will move their football practices from the Triangle Road Football Complex to Apex starting this fall. The 27-year-old organization recently announced its move to a larger conference for its football program, and the move to Apex will provide the facilities necessary to maximize success versus the new competition. Registration for the fall programs (including football, cheerleading, and field hockey) is currently open.
“We’re very excited to be involved with this project,” said Jamie Moore, co-chair for the Junior Raiders. “The ability to practice at a new turf facility will put us in an excellent position as we move to a new conference.”
The Hillsborough Soccer Club, a registered 501(c)3 soccer organization providing opportunities for boys and girls ages 8-18, will be heading to Apex for their 2019-2020 season. HSC, along with their Red Bull trainers, will begin practicing on the turf at Apex starting in September. HSC is continuously looking for quality soccer players, and they are confident move to Apex will help in those recruiting efforts.
“The ability to practice on turf during the fall will help avoid a lot of the weather-related cancellations we’ve had over the past few years,” said Niles Johnson, HSC’s president. “This will allow our players to maximize their exposure to the game as they continue to grow and increase their skill.”
Dynamic Sports Management-NJ, owner of Leading Edge Elite, Team 91 NJ and Dynamic Lacrosse Training has partnered with Apex as a first class training facility in Somerset County. Founded in 2001, Leading Edge has developed into one of the elite programs in the country. Leading Edge is the only truly Elite Level program in NJ and was selected to be a founding member of the exclusive National Lacrosse Federation, a network of the top programs in the nation.
“The move to Apex continues our philosophy of providing the best for our players: best competition, best coaching, and now best training facility,” said Leading Edge Founder Marc Moreau. “Since we attract a number of players from Hillsborough Youth Lacrosse, Montgomery Youth Lacrosse and Somerville Youth Lacrosse, having a home at Apex helps reduce the travel time for training for our families in the Hillsborough area.”