Calgary, AB (September 5, 2013) – On October 15, FC Edmonton and the Alberta Soccer Association will launch a “Regional Performance Centre” for young male and female soccer players in Calgary. The centre will follow the launch of the Edmonton centre and offer youth the opportunity to train like professionals.
It is thanks to FC Edmonton Owners, Tom & Dave Fath, and their commitment to the development of local soccer that FC Edmonton and Alberta Soccer have now embarked on a program whose dimensions exceed any other effort made in Alberta thus far and also focuses on the national emphasis for long term player development.
Alberta’s Regional Performance Centres will help to provide young soccer players with a long sought after identified pathway to reach the national team. The Centres will also provide players with greater exposure to scholarship opportunities at schools in Canada as well as the United States.
The launch of the Regional Performance Centre follows the continued emphasis on the Long Term Player Development plan as well as the recent introduction by the Canadian Soccer Association of an EXCEL program, an extension to the Women’s National Team. The EXCEL Program’s aim is to implement a new playing model and build a new identity for women’s soccer in Canada. The program has been put in place by the Canadian Women’s coaching staff to help bridge the gap from the youth levels to the senior program.
Approximately 20 players between the ages of 14 and 16 have been scouted throughout the year from the Southern Alberta region and selected to participate in the Centre. Head Coach and Technical Director of the Alberta Soccer Association, Shaun Lowther along with local coaches and Technical Directors have been responsible for scouting players. FC Edmonton player Hanson Boakai, a standout for the U17 Canadian National Team competing at the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates this fall is a product of the FC Edmonton academy. Alberta has also seen a couple of its young players including Sam Adekugbe and Jackson Farmer get called up to the Senior Men's National Team in recent days which has served as encouragment to provide more elite training opportunities to Alberta players.
The Centre will officially start its training schedule on October 15 at Foothills Athletic Club. They will train three to four times per week, and several components will be added on with time including strength, conditioning and nutrition components. A Regional Performance Centre in Edmonton was launched in August and that Centre will be responsible for scouting and training young players from Northern Alberta.
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