Atlanta United Announces Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as Official Pediatric Healthcare System

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground official name for new Marietta complex

ATLANTA (Mar. 2, 2017) – Atlanta United today announced Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) as the club’s official pediatric healthcare system and the naming partner of its new training ground.

“We are very excited to announce the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground,” said club president Darren Eales. “Children’s is a well-known and respected organization that shares many of Atlanta United’s core values, especially involving community support. Children’s will be an invaluable asset for our club with the expertise to care for our academy teams as well as our younger first team players.”

Children’s will be the official pediatric healthcare system of Atlanta United and the official pediatric sports medicine program of Atlanta United. One of the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare systems, Children’s is home to a nationally ranked sports medicine program that uses leading-edge research to keep athletes, from pre-teens to adolescents, in top physical shape. As the largest health care provider for young people in Georgia, Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country.

“We are excited about this relationship with Atlanta United and to be a part of a new experience for young athletes in Atlanta,” said Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children’s. “Children's and Atlanta United want to make a difference in the lives of families and make sure kids get to stay where they belong – on the playing field.”

The $60 million, state-of-the-art training center, due for completion in the spring of 2017, will be home to the Atlanta United first team and academy teams and will also house Atlanta United front office and technical staff. The club will utilize the facility for training, performance analysis, nutrition, fitness, rehabilitation and elite youth development.

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground will not only serve as a primary recruiting tool for prospective professional players, but will provide academy players with an aspirational environment to learn and train with the first team. Launched in August 2016, the Atlanta United Academy has achieved immediate success with the U18 and U16 squads ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country respectively and twenty players having been called up internationally.

“We have an elite academy program that has already seen two players move up to the first team with Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin,” said Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. “The relationship with Children’s and the ability for our young players to train at a world-class facility like the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground will take our academy programs to the next level.”

In addition to serving as headquarters for Atlanta United, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground will host national and international soccer clubs visiting Atlanta for tournaments to be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It will also be used as a base for grass roots soccer initiatives including coach education and referee training. 

On Thursday, March 2, Atlanta United will partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for a fun-filled day of soccer as part of Atlanta United’s March to Soccer Week leading up to the club’s first match.  Atlanta United players will participate in activities including FIFA play, foosball, inflatables, crafts and giveaways.


About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and 27 neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community. Visit for more information.

About Atlanta United

Atlanta United brings Major League Soccer to the Southeast as the league’s 22nd franchise. The club will celebrate its inaugural season in 2017 and will play in the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium currently under construction downtown. Atlanta United is owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and is led by club President Darren Eales. For more information about Atlanta United, including how to purchase season tickets visit:, and follow @ATLUTD.

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