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Updated: June 10, 2024

Ellsworth soccer club to roll out the turf with $20k grant

Acadia Fire FC, a nonprofit traveling soccer club in Ellsworth, received a matching grant of $20,000 from the Lawrence Family Foundation in Holden to replace turf and provide turf throughout the rest of the club’s indoor facility, the Acadia Soccer Center, at 35 Eastward Lane. 

The center has two areas of approximately 6,000 square feet of turf and 6,000 square feet of tennis court space.  

The grant would completely turf its 12,000 square feet of indoor space and continue to be the largest indoor turf facility in Hancock County. 

The club was founded in 2007.

Demand for indoor turf has drastically increased the past few years,” said Louis Schellhase, the club’s board president. 

“Not only will the expanded turf area allow us to increase our programming and allow for more simultaneous programming, but the facility is also used by many other local youth sports organizations to get practice time in when weather or snow or muddy fields would otherwise not allow,”  he said.

The center is home to the club’s programming, which includes soccer training for ages 2 to adult and TOPSoccer in partnership with the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth. TOPSoccer is a recreational sports program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities offered only through local U.S. Youth Soccer-affiliated soccer clubs.

The center is also utilized by many other local soccer organizations, baseball teams, ultimate frisbee, church gatherings and birthday parties.

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