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Rain Head Coach Travels To Singapore On Government Exchange

Janine Szpara to coach Singapore youth as part of a US. Government Exchange Program

Janine Szpara will travel to Singapore as part of The International Center's Sports Corps Division's Singapore America Soccer Exchange. This exchange program, in cooperation with the Football Association of Singapore and the United States Embassy in Singapore is made possible by a grant from the SportsUnited Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to further improve understanding between the people of Singapore and the United States through sports. "Janine brings an incredible mixture of coaching credentials and cultural sensitivity to the Singapore America Soccer Exchange, Program Director Karen Willoughby exclaims". "We are very happy to have her lead the coaching clinics."

Components of the Program

The Singapore America Soccer Exchange program will consist of two main components. The first component includes five training clinics that will train a total of 500-600 female athletes and athletes with disabilities in the 12-20 year old range and an additional 40-50 coaches. This first component will be conducted December 3-8 2012. Janine joins 3 other American Coaches for the Singapore portion. The second component includes an 8-10 day visit to the United States for a smaller group of Singaporean athletes and coaches in 2013.

Public-Private Partnerships

The Singapore America Soccer Exchange program will be enhanced by strong participation of the U.S. private sector. We look forward to working closely with U.S. companies to build better relationships with the people of Singapore. For more information on the program, please contact Joseph House at jhouse@theintlcenter.org or Karen Willoughby at KarenWilloughby9@Gmail.com.

Portland Rain Announce Partnership with Billups Worldwide

Oregon-based Billups Worldwide becomes presenting partner of Rain and Portland Timbers U-23s

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers today announced a partnership with Billups Worldwide, which makes the Lake Oswego, Ore., company the official presenting partner of the Portland Timbers U-23s and Portland Rain, an adidas Timbers Alliance club, through the 2013 season.

"We are excited to partner with the Timbers U-23s and the Rain, and to support two first-class development teams in our area," said Benjamin Billups, CEO of Billups Worldwide. "The Timbers continue to play a leading role in the development of soccer throughout the state, and we are thrilled to be a part of it."

The Timbers U-23s and Rain will play host to a pair of doubleheader matches this season, with the first taking place Friday at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver, Wash. The Rain face Emerald City at 4 p.m., before the Timbers U-23s take on Seattle Sounders FC U-23 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The two teams will also play back-to-back matches on Sunday, July 8, at Hare Field in Hillsboro, Ore. The Rain play Issaquah SC at 3 p.m., prior to the Timbers U-23s' contest against the Kitsap Pumas at 6 p.m. (Pacific).

Billups Worldwide is an out-of-home (OOH) media buying company with 13 offices across the United States. Founded in 2003, Billups Worldwide provides traditional, non-traditional and digital OOH media for agencies and advertisers. Services include planning, buying, execution and post-buy evaluations of OOH campaigns. Their proprietary web app called BOOHMA allows clients to track results and manage their campaigns in real-time. More information can be found at www.billupsworldwide.com.

2012 Schedule Released!!! The Rain will play three doubleheaders with the Portland Timbers U-23s!!

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers announced today strategic partnerships with the Portland Rain of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and Oregon Youth Soccer Association’s (OYSA) Girls Olympic Development (ODP) program, helping to create a vertically integrated development system from Oregon’s girls youth soccer levels to elite level women’s competition.

The collaborative partnership between the Timbers and OYSA on the Girls ODP program will provide the state with a recognized, high-level development system for elite female soccer players, one that is designed to coexist with youth clubs in sharing player development and allowing players to stay connected to their local clubs.

In partnership with the Rain, the Timbers will provide financial support to the club during the 2012 WPSL season and the Rain will become a member of the newly formed adidas Timbers Alliance. The Rain serves as the highest level of women’s soccer in Oregon and features some of the top female athletes and collegiate players from Portland and throughout the state.

“We have a deep passion for developing the sport of soccer in Oregon,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson. “It is important that the Timbers look at all ways in helping to develop the sport and the state’s soccer community. We are pleased to be able to help the Rain and look forward to working with the club as part of the adidas Timbers Alliance.”

Similar to the Timbers Boys ODP program, the new Timbers Girls ODP program will aid in the development of home-grown talent through a network of Regional Training Centers located throughout Oregon. The program will target elite female players in the U-12 to U-14 age groups in each area. From the Regional Training Centers, a pool of players will be chosen to form girls state ODP teams at various age levels for regional and national competitions.

The Rain, reestablished in 2008, are led by head coach Janine Szpara and play a 10-match, regular-season schedule in the WPSL from May to July. Management and day-to-day operation of the Rain during the 2012 season will be a collaborative effort between Timbers and Rain personnel.

"The Portland Rain has existed for many years and has served as the elite level for women players in the area,” said Szpara. “This alliance with the Timbers brings us closer to making professional women's soccer in Portland a reality."

As members of the adidas Timbers Alliance, the Rain will wear red and white adidas Timbers Alliance kits, with the alliance patch on the sleeve for the 2012 WPSL season. The WPSL is a 70-club, nationwide league.

In preparation for the upcoming season, the Rain will conduct an open tryout on Sunday, May 6, at Clackamas Community College from 1-4 p.m. Click here for additional information or to register for the tryout. The Rain will play their home opener as part of the opening night celebrations at the Timbers-ODP Friendship Cup on Friday, May 25, at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Howard M. Terpenning Complex at 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

The adidas Timbers Alliance is a network of strategic partnerships between the Timbers and elite local clubs in the Timbers’ development territory, designed to build unique working relationships and development opportunities for its member clubs. Through the adidas Timbers Alliance, the Timbers share resources and coaching curriculum with alliance clubs to aid in the development of players. At the youth level, the adidas Timbers Alliance helps channel top youth players – both boys and girls – towards the Timbers’ development programs and the Timbers Academy. The adidas Timbers Alliance features three elite Portland-area youth clubs in the Eastside Timbers, Vancouver United Timbers and Westside Timbers, and the Portland Rain of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

P.A.C.E. Partnership
Posted Feb 23, 2011

The Portland Rain has begun a new partnership with Therapeutic Associates P.A.C.E. for innovative rehabilitation and peak performance services.

For more than nine years Therapeutic Associates P.A.C.E. has provided the Portland athletic community with research based rehabilitation, injury prevention, testing and conditioning services.  With a staff of licensed professionals offering physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, exercise physiology testing and sport specific conditioning, Therapeutic Associates P.A.C.E. has all the components to help you recover from any injury and optimize your athletic potential. 

Specific services offered to the Portland Rain include:

  • Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture
  • Athletic injury preventative screening
  • ACL injury preventative programs (in collaboration with TWIST training)

You can visit www.portlandpace.com for more information about their facility, staff and services. 

Contact pace@taiweb.com for specific questions.  

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