Thunder Soccer Club

Thunder Soccer Club has provided a quality youth soccer program for the Leyden Community for the past 40 years. TSC is not a Park District program but a Sports Affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park. Thunder is an all-volunteer program with parents & other members of the community becoming coaches and Board Members. TSC is a proud member of the IYSA, Illinois Youth Soccer Association, and was recognized in 2009 as the Top Recreational Youth Soccer Club in the State of Illinois.

TSC conducts three soccer seasons, a fall, winter/indoor and spring seasons for boys and girls from ages 3 through 8th grade. The Conventional Program includes 7 matches per season. Fall & Spring seasons feature two weekly one-hour training sessions at local parks and schools in the Leyden Area. Siblings guaranteed to train at the same fields.

For information about the 2023 season, contact Eric Krueger at (630) 337-9637 or visit

Competitive Traveling Teams: For information about our competitive Travel Team, contact Nasser Rafidia at 847-553-8139.

Vipers Baseball & Softball

Franklin Park Vipers provides a youth baseball and softball program for ages 4 through 16 years old for residents of Franklin Park and the surrounding communities. The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over twenty years. The Franklin Park Vipers are also a proud affiliate of Leyden High School. Clinics and practices focus on ensuring that players are well versed in fundamental skills of the sport. Experienced players are trained to enhance their pitching, hitting and game knowledge while newer players can focus on fundamentals. Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to practice outside (April 1st). Our season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16-24 games. In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, Fall Ball and winter training.

For more information, contact Frank Bavone at (708) 668-6673. or visit

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