— Soccer club SC Waukesha has agreed to merge with Prospect
Training Academy, a baseball academy in southeastern Wisconsin and
also a member of the ROC Ventures family of brands.
merging, the organization will be the largest youth and high school
player development academy in Wisconsin, serving more than 2,000
athletes, according to the announcement this week.
part of the deal, SCW, already the top soccer organization in the
state according to the announcement, will now become a key tenant of
the Ballpark Commons Sports Performance Center. The future facility
in Franklin will feature over 40,000 square feet of commercial space
for performance- and wellnessbased services, integrated with an
additional 75,000plus square feet of four-season turf on the ground
floor for athlete training, tournaments, and games — the only
full-size indoor soccer field
the state. “Adding SCW to our sports portfolio is synergistic to
our overall brand and strengthens the value proposition of Ballpark
Commons,” said Mike Zimmerman, chief executive officer of ROC
Ventures, in a statement. “They’re the top soccer organization
in the state, and now they’ll make the top soccer facility in the
state their home — a natural fit.”
Amini, SCW club president, sees the partnership as a positive step
for the U.S. soccer agenda.
been happy to see SCW growing at a rapid rate, and the ready access
top-flight facilities and trainers that comes from this kind of
consolidation of soccer programs is exactly what is needed to keep
propelling us forward,” he said. “SCW is excited to add Ballpark
Commons as a premier location for training and games, an incredible
addition to our current facilities in Waukesha, New Berlin, and
Greendale that we will continue to fully utilize.”
Commons, a mixed-use development featuring a 4,000-seat stadium,
commercial and retail businesses, restaurants, residential
apartments, and various entertainment and active lifestyle amenities
is expected to begin construction in 2018.
Ventures manages a collection of brands in the sports,
entertainment, and real estate sectors, including The Rock Sports
Complex, three Summer College Baseball Franchises located in Indiana
and New York and the Ballpark Commons development.
in 1978, SCW strives to offer its 1,700-plus youth players the
opportunity to learn the game of soccer in a safe environment.
Katherine Michalets, Freeman Staff