My kid's youth soccer club (let's call it Team A) is merging with another club (Team B). I am working on a website banner to announce the merger.

Team A has been around for over 40 years and quite successful for most of those years. To describe that club in one word I have chosen Tradition.

Team B is a young, but also successful team.

I want the banner to be a simple formula: Team A + Team B = Excellence

Under each team I want the best word to describe that team:

Team A      +   Team B
Tradition       [blank]

Help me fill in the [blank]. :)

What would be a good word to describe a young, but successful team/organization?

Bonus: If you can think of a better word than "EXCELLENCE", that'd be great too!

  • I'm not too sure how well they'd fit with something like a football team, but a well-established pairing for commercial products is traditional / innovative. – FumbleFingers Feb 5 '16 at 15:11
  • So, I want reemphasize that the younger team is also already successful. I feel like "aspiring" and "modern" doesn't communicate that. Maybe we need to iterate on words meaning successful and de-emphasize the youthful nature of the second club. – alfreema Feb 5 '16 at 16:42
  • enthusiasm or initiative ? – Graffito Feb 6 '16 at 0:07
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    spirit might be a good one. Sort of implies equal footing, but coming from a point of less organizational momentum toward success. – stevesliva Feb 6 '16 at 6:29
  • Ah, I like spirit. Interesting. – alfreema Feb 6 '16 at 18:49

Team B can be "Young Blood" which the Cambridge Dictionary Online defines as:

​"young ​people who have a lot of ​energy and ​ideas"

  • Hmm, this made me think of "Rising stars", which isn't terrible, because it insinuates the successful nature of Team B. – alfreema Feb 5 '16 at 16:43
  • Rising Stars is a good one! – Kristina Lopez Feb 5 '16 at 17:02

I'm not a native speaker but my first thought for B was aspiring / emergent.

Team A      +   Team B
Tradition       Modernity
     A perfect balance

Another one with extra tweaks :

Team A      +   Team B
Classic         Modern
        A modern classic

Tradition + Zeal = Excellence

Zeal : a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something - M-W


Perhaps ascendance or ascendancy

a ​position of ​power, ​strength, or ​success

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

And possibly greatness as an alternative to excellence.

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