April Academy Affiliate Club Spotlight: Sporting Brookside


Sporting Brookside’s mission is to provide affordable, quality youth soccer programs that build positive character through participation in a fun, family-oriented soccer environment. This mission drives everything we do.

Sporting Brookside is not just about the game –– it’s about building resilience and character in our players through high-quality youth soccer programs.

We proudly use our love of soccer to encourage youth in the Kansas City area to grow and develop skills in soccer and life. We provide a fair, fun, family-oriented and safe environment for kids to play while building confidence, respect, sportsmanship and tenacity.

Located in the heart of the city at Swope Soccer Village, our programs are accessible and affordable. We go well beyond soccer every day. We love what we do, we love these kids, and it shows.

The non-profit organization is led by Nick Garcia, our Executive Director, who played at the collegiate, professional and national levels. Our coaching staff is well-rounded, educated and all are licensed as players, coaches, leaders and teachers. They bring playing and coaching experience that ranges from youth through the Olympic level.

Sporting Brookside is also supported by over 500 volunteer coaches and our 70 in-house referees each season that bring training, jobs and opportunities to youth in the area.

Sporting Brookside has made soccer fun and accessible to kids for more than 44 years. Since 1977, more than 500,000 kids from across the Kansas City metro area and 197+ different schools have called Sporting Brookside their home. The club now proudly serves 6,000 kids annually and continues to grow.

Our Pre-K through high school recreational and competitive teams develop technical skills, tactics and life-long core values. Sporting Brookside continues to grow with more than 20 MYSA registered competitive teams, camps, adult leagues, high school leagues and more.

Our annual enrollment and broad community reach increases through our recreational league, competitive teams, camps and clinics programs. Additionally, scholarships promote participation for all kids.

In 2014, Sporting Brookside, then called Brookside Soccer Club, moved to the renovated Swope Park Soccer Village with five competitive turf fields and one championship field – also home to Sporting KC and SKC II practice fields.

We are proud to be part of the $12 million renovations that allow increased use and green space revitalization within the urban corridor.


  • Partnership with Finesse Soccer, hosting an exclusive session for girls that focused on passing, finishing and female empowerment
  • Recreational and competitive participation is close to an all-time high


Tato Chiaparro
Director of Coaching

Tato is a native of Brazil and a former UMKC All-American player and grad coach. He has been with Brookside for over six years and has a gift when it comes to interacting and motivating young players of all abilities.

Tato is our Director of Coaching and manages our club camp programing when he is not on the field coaching.

If you ever get a chance to meet him, you will undoubtedly feel his energy and passion for the game!

Alex Raich

Alex has been with Brookside for eight years and is a former collegiate player and state ODP coach. With this experience, Alex brings a certain edge to the teams she coaches, always demanding the best from her players on a consistent basis.

Alex relates well to her players and has the respect of her families which in turn creates a special bond. She assists our recreational grassroots program in player identification and is active in our Brookside community!


Teddy Hagenhoff
U11 Boys

Teddy is strong player that just joined Sporting Brookside Competitive program  after playing in our recreational league.
Teddy has been a major contributor on and off the ball for his 2010 Sporting Brookside team. He is great leader and is always poised on the ball with prolific goal-scoring ability!

Layla Wenning
U12 Girls

Layla is a hard-nosed finesse player that gets the job done defensively and offensively! She is never afraid to mix things up and is technically very good.
Layla comes to every practice with a great attitude and always gives 110%. She makes her 2009 teammates better by encouraging them to play better and has a never-quit attitude!

For more information on Sporting Brookside please visit SportingBrookside.org and follow them on Twitter and Facebook or Instagram.