While September marks the start of the busy North American University soccer season, of which more than 50 SIGMA FC graduates will take part in this season, it also marks a time when SIGMA FC coaches turn their attention to the next generation of players that will embark on their own soccer journey.
It all starts with the 8th edition of the popular "SIGMA FC Talent Days" event (Sunday September 27 and Sunday October 4, 2015 - Hershey Sportszone Fields, Mississauga). The event is aimed at identifying talented young soccer players for inclusion into SIGMA's development structure including the ETC (Elite Training Center) Program - SIGMA's Development Program throughout the fall and winter months and an evaluation for further progress to the full academy ("SIGMA FC").
SIGMA uses the Talent Day model to assess new players and introduce them and their families to the organization. The two dates in September and October, will provide participants an opportunity to become familiar with the philosophy and structure of the SIGMA FC Academy. On the field the players will receive instruction from the staff coaches of SIGMA FC who have been responsible for developing some of the top talent in the province and country. With over 50 players currently playing in the NCAA and CIS, 7 players representing Senior National teams, over 20 players representing Canada in youth ages, and 7players currently playing professionally it is evident that the development program at SIGMA has been successful over its short history in developing talent.
"Talent Days are really an enjoyable event for all of us here at Sigma. We get to meet so many new people while the attending players get to receive a quality training session, in a fun yet educational environment by our experienced staff," said SIGMA General Director Constantine Smyrniotis.
According to Smyrniotis, the "Talent Days" have become a key step in identifying talent for the ETC Program. Almost every year, a player emerges from Talent Days that the SIGMA coaches have not seen but fits perfectly into our SIGMA philosophy. Finding those talents is one of the principle satisfactions of running the program.
According to SIGMA Technical Director, Bobby Smyrniotis, as members of SIGMA the players are not only involved in a successful environment of development they are also exposed to a diverse group of technical people and international experiences both at home and abroad. "The environment is simple but most importantly it is structured for the player. The technical curriculum looks beyond the technical aspects of the game and teaches players discipline, self-responsibility, leadership and respect. On the other side the players are in an environment where they want to grow and develop and have all the necessary stimuli to do so."
SIGMA is home to seven academy teams from U12 to U18 and two Senior Men's teams (SIGMA FC & SIGMA II). The SIGMA FC "first team" competes in League1 Ontario - the Ontario Soccer Association's sanctioned professional (standards) league which began play in 2014 (www.league1ontario.com/sigma) . The team provides player's developing within the academy a team at the top of the organization to aspire to develop towards. From the 2014 Inaugural League 1 team five players have moved on to the professional game most notably, Cyle Larin who became the first ever Canadian to be selected 1st overall in the MLS SuperDraft and is currently starring for Orlando City in MLS.
This Coming October, will be the start of the 10th year of our ETC program which is the first step for young players to develop within the SIGMA structure. The ETC Program has become a renowned success for the quality of training, coaching staff which includes all SIGMA FC team coaches who focus on the development of the individual player in a technical based training curriculum. In 2007 the program started with players such as Current Canadian National team players, Kyle Bekker, Cyle Larin and some the best young players in NCAA such as Richmond Laryea (Akron), Kwame Awuah (U. of Connecticut), and Mike Matic (U. of Evansville)This year's ETC Program look to continue this past success providing players a platform to develop further and realizing their potential.
The summer of 2015 has been a very busy one for SIGMA on the fields and we look forward to seeing many aspiring young players on the pitch for our "Talent Day" on September 27 and October 4. The Talent Days will be for both male and female players born in 2008-1999 . Each group of players will be training with various SIGMA coaches for a few sessions.
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Hershey Sporstzone Outdoor Field 1
Sunday, October 4,, 2015 - Hershey Sporstzone Outdoor Field 1
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