Waukesha soccer club becomes part of ROC Ventures

By KATHERINE MICHALETS - Freeman Staff

Jan. 20, 2018

WAUKESHA — 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.

Upon 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.

Also 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 wellness-based 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 in 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.”

Shan Amini, SCW club president, sees the partnership as a positive step for the U.S. soccer agenda.

Shan Amini
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“I’ve been happy to see SCW growing at a rapid rate, and the ready access to 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.”

Ballpark 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.

ROC 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.

Founded in 1978, SCW strives to offer its 1,700-plus youth players the opportunity to learn the game of soccer in a safe environment.