United Communities Credit Union Complex to be home of two soccer academies


By RTT Staff

The United Communities Credit Union Complex is pleased to announced that starting in January 2012, the United Communities Credit Union Complex will be home to two soccer academies, both with ties to international soccer.

The FC Sporting Toronto Academy has development programs for athletes from six years of age to 16 years of age, which are being offered through a local affiliate, Soares FC Soccer Academy. Once the athletes’ skills have been identified they are trained with the possibility of attending camps in Portugal. The Academy is associated with FC Sporting Lisbon (in Portugal.) The focus of the Academy here in Amherstburg is developing local athletes to move on to a more competitive level.

Included in the Academy is a goalkeeper camp with guest instructor Nuno Santos. Santos played professional soccer with Benfica, Leeds United and Toronto FC. Santos also coached under the renowned Joes Mourinho, who is the current Real Madrid manager.

The Windsor Spartans F.C. Academy is modeled after the development programs of leading European clubs who have their own internal player development pyramid that includes senior teams playing in national or continental leagues. The goal is to allow graduating players to develop to the point that they will be scouted by US colleges with the goal of athletic scholarships or by professional teams so that their players can achieve the maximum reward no matter which path they choose, be it education or the professional ranks.

The Academy will be conducted under the development guidelines set down by the world soccer body F.I.F.A. and the Canadian Soccer Association for the developmental coaching of young players.

They will be hosting a player identification tryout for Empoli FC (Italy) and Cosmos Academy (Greece) at the Complex on Jan. 15. Players who are selected from this camp will travel to Italy or Greece to further their soccer careers. Players not selected will be given the opportunity to train with Spartans FC Academy locally for future tryouts. As well, the Academy is working with the town to develop a competitive league to be played at the Complex both indoors and outdoors.



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