News of Trophy Park
Trophy Park Adds President of Sports Operations & President of Operations, COO to Management Team - January 13, 2020
Trophy Park Adds President of Sports Operations & President of Operations, COO to Management Team
Trophy Park, the planned world-class, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor athletic complex in Jackson, New Jersey which plans to open in 2021, will now have two experienced executives heading its day-to-day operations.
Mick Smoothey, the former Chief Executive Officer and Founder of U.K. Elite Soccer and Chief Executive of Global Team Events based in Cedar Knolls, NJ has joined Trophy Park as President of Sports Operations and Bill Muirhead, former CEO of Star Parks and long-time executive with Six Flags has been named President of Operations and COO. The announcements were made by Alan Nau, CEO of Trophy Park.
“We are extremely fortunate to add two highly-respective sports executives in Mick Smoothey and Bill Muirhead to our management team at Trophy Park,” stated Nau. “Both bring unique skill sets to their positions. Mick has successfully launched and managed soccer and team event companies that have employed hundreds of employees with thousands of athletes competing while Bill has run amusement parks across Europe as CEO of StarParks and Six Flags European Division as well as serving here as VP and General Manager of Six Flags Great Adventure from 1999-2001.
Smoothey launched U.K. Soccer in 1992 and grew it into a $16 million dollar company with over 300 employees, multiple lines of business, serving the needs of 50,000 soccer players. He also founded Global Team Events in 2005, a sports travel, event management and experiential firm offering travel, tournament, event management and sponsorship activation services. The two firms were eventually purchased in 2013 by Steel Sports and Smoothey continued to operate the businesses in his role as CEO.
Muirhead co-founded and served as CEO of StarParks with the private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners. The company was comprised of seven amusement parks throughout Europe. Three parks were located in France, two in Belgium, one in the Netherlands and one in Germany. The parks were purchased from the Six Flags Corporation.
Muirhead’s marketing expertise helped the company win IAAPA European divisions “Best Marketing Plan” and “Best TV Ad Campaign” consecutively for three years. He also successfully negotiated marketing rights with Universal Studios for the Shrek 4D attraction, the only Universal brand attraction in Europe as well as Nickelodeon to brand its characters in the Moviepark in Germany. He also successfully negotiated with Dreamworks to develop an attraction based on the Ice Age movie and characters. It is the only Ice Age attraction in the world and won the industry wide recognized THEA Awards for best attraction.
Jersey Bearcats Sign Letter of Intent to Play at Trophy Park - September 26, 2019
Jersey Bearcats Arena Football Team, New Jersey’s newest indoor developmental football team that was 9-1 in their inaugural season playing in the Major Indoor Football League, is the latest sports entity to sign a letter of intent to play their games at Trophy Park. Jersey Bearcats games will be hosted in Trophy Park’s planned 400,000 square foot indoor facility.
“Our plans for Trophy Park always centered on providing a platform for hosting the leading youth sports tournaments in the country here in Jackson, New Jersey,” says Alan Nau, President and CEO of Trophy Park. “Since our announcement, we have been extremely pleased by not only the reaction of youth organizations but collegiate and professional sports organizations as well. That is why we are excited to have the commitment by the Jersey Bearcats to bring their Arena Football action to Trophy Park.”
“On behalf of the Jersey Bearcats Arena Football Team, I can’t tell you how excited we are about the opportunity to play in 2021 at the new state of the art facility, Trophy Park, the Northeast’s premier facility for family entertainment. We are very much looking forward to the future and the new home of the Jersey Bearcats,” said Jermaine Sanders, co-owner of the Jersey Bearcats.
The Jersey Bearcats join STEPS Lacrosse LLC, a US Lacrosse Sanctioned Event Operator, which annually hosts the most sought after events in the country and Northeast Academy, a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection as the latest sports organizations to sign letters of intent to have their events hosted at Trophy Park.
STEPS Lacrosse and Northeast Academy Sign Letters of Intent to Play at Trophy Park - September 11, 2019
STEPS Lacrosse and Northeast Academy Sign Letters of Intent to Play at Trophy Park
Jackson, NJ – STEPS Lacrosse LLC, a US Lacrosse Sanctioned Event Operator, which annually hosts the most sought after events in the country and Northeast Academy, a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection, are the latest sports organizations to sign letters of intent to have their events hosted at Trophy Park.
Trophy Park is a planned world-class, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor athletic complex in Jackson, New Jersey, that will be equipped with team hotel housing and a 400,000 square foot indoor facility. Trophy Park will create $2 million in tax revenues for Jackson and 265 full-time jobs and 1,000 seasonal positions.
“We are very excited to add these two outstanding US-sanctioned organizations to our roster of sports groups committed to holding their events at Trophy Park,” said Alan Nau, President and CEO of Trophy Park. “Organizations clearly see Trophy Park as the beacon for amateur sports in the United States.”
“It is with great pride that STEPS Lacrosse will be a strategic partner of Trophy Park,” said Charlie Shoulberg, CEO of STEPS Lacrosse. “Alan Nau’s vision to build a world class facility is inspirational!” Shoulberg added, “Our mission to provide industry best practices and family friendly experiences can only be enhanced by hosting events at Trophy Park.”
Sean Horan, Founder and Director of Northeast Rugby Olympic Development Academy, in hi Letter of Intent stated: “The Academy would like to hold combines, camps, clinics and tournaments at the Trophy Park facilities when they become available. We plan on holding events that cater to Local, Regional, National and International Athletes and teams. With Rugby being one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and our Men’s and Women’s Olympic teams being ranked #2 in the world having already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo these are exciting times for the sport. Partnering with a world class facility like Trophy Park will enhance the world class high performance experience.”
About Trophy Park
Trophy Park will feature 16 baseball/softball fields, plus batting cages; 10 lacrosse/soccer/field hockey fields, including practice fields; a 400,000 square foot, 18 court indoor facilities for basketball/volleyball/cheer/wrestling and 6,000 seat outdoor stadium.
About STEPS Lacrosse, LLC:
STEPS Lacrosse, LLC is an industry leader in event management, elite level club programs, collegiate showcases and grass roots lacrosse development programs. STEPS Lacrosse is a US Lacrosse Sanctioned Event Operator, which annually hosts the most sought after events in the country. Lax for the Cure, STEPS Flagship event, has donated over $3,000,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure since inception. Other events owned and operated by STEPS Lacrosse, LLC: Live Love Lax, the Nike G8, Nike XPO Prospect Camps and the Jersey Strong Showcase.
About Northeast Academy:
Northeast Academy is sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official development pathway organization in the Northeast region of the USA and designated pathway to USA Eagles selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare rugby players for placement onto the USA National team and USA Olympic team. The Academy provides athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as rugby players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.
Jackson Planning Board Approves Trophy Park - February 5, 2019
At its February 4, 2019 meeting the Jackson Planning Board approved Trophy Park’s General Development Plan. The next step for the project is for Trophy Park to submit a site plan.
European Youth Soccer Reps Interested in Trophy Park - January 30, 2019
The news about Trophy Park and the plans for making it a hub for youth sports tournaments, camps and events is drawing international interest as well. Recently representatives from three major European sports organizations expressed interest in competing at Trophy Park.
“We would certainly be interested in attending a tournament at the Trophy Park facility. It appears to be developing all of the components that would interest Huddersfield Town in participating in a high level tournament in the USA.” Lee Bromby, Huddersfield Town Youth Development Director
“Manchester United are always interested in attending high level international tournaments. Trophy Park appears to be an environment that would appeal to our academy teams. We look forward to attending a high level event once the complex is completed.” Hasney Aljofree, Man Utd U12 & U14 Head Coach
“With this type of multi-purpose sports facility in development, and the proximity to NYC and other major attractions close by, Trophy Park can provide a professional and multi-cultural experience that premier league academy and youth team players will enjoy and learn from. We will certainly be interested in exploring the potential of attending highly competitive top-class soccer events at Trophy Park in the future.” Stephen Torpey, Head of Youth Development at Manchester City
Trophy Park on Jackson Planning Board Agenda Dec 3 - November 30, 2018
The team from Trophy Park, a planned world-class, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor athletic complex in Jackson, NJ, will go before the Jackson Planning Board on Monday evening, Dec. 3 at 7.30 pm.
At the meeting, representatives from Trophy Park will outline plans for the one-of-a-kind youth sports facility that will be located on 200 acres in Jackson and will become the “Youth Sports Capital of the East Coast.”
With the Youth Sports Industry currently valued at $15 billion and growing and 45 million children playing organized sports nationally, Trophy Park is designed to capture a percentage of that market and lure young athletes and their families to New Jersey in order to compete in tournament play.
Trophy Park plans to open in early 2020.
Plans for Trophy Park Submitted to Jackson, NJ Planning Board - October 10, 2018
Jackson, NJ – Plans for Trophy Park, a planned world-class, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor athletic complex, have been submitted to the Jackson, NJ Planning Board for review.
With the Youth Sports Industry currently valued at $15 billion and growing and 45 million children playing organized sports nationally, Trophy Park is designed to capture a percentage of that market and lure young athletes and their families to New Jersey in order to compete.
Trophy Park plans to open in early 2020.