On a stroll to the Hershey Center in Mississauga (location of the camp) one would see coaches and Technical Directors from pro clubs such as AFC Ajax, Arsenal FC, Tottenham Hotspurs, Club Brugge and Real Mallorca of the Primera Division. Each week of the camp focussed on specific age groups providing the 115 players per week a focused approach to training. Among the technical team is Bobby Smyrniotis- SIGMA FC Technical Director and initiator of SIGMA FC camp 5 years ago. "It is fantastic to see how well this camp has grown from our first year in 2005. We have worked hard at making this the best it can be both on and off the field. When we started with the camps we wanted this to be a place for many of the regions top players to come and learn, and I believe we have accomplished this. The feedback from our European colleagues has been great and we look forward to further increasing our relationships with all of the clubs for the benefit of the local talent".
The players on the field are focused and work hard throughout the day doing their utmost best to prove to the local and foreign contingent of coaches that they are eager to learn and develop. Two daily training sessions along with a daily information session keep the players busy on and off the pitch and their enthusiasm and work ethic do not go unnoticed. As for the visiting team of coaches they are truly satisfied with all aspects of the camp. According to Renaldo Landberg "this has been the best one (camp) in his 3 years that I have been attending. I can see that the level of player is getting better year by year. I am aware that many of the boy's train with SIGMA throughout the year and this is crucial as we can also monitor development of the players over the years". Arno Buitenweg who took part in his first camp with SIGMA reiterates his pleasure working with all the boys over the 2 week period, "I did not know what to expect prior to my arrival other than having a very good relationship with the directors of SIGMA. During the camp I have learned a great deal about the players here in Canada and their training habits. On my end I did my best to provide them an inside look as to how training takes place daily at a Primera Division Club such as Real Mallorca. There is definitely talent on the field and only time will tell if a few can make the leap to bigger and better".
The English Premiership was also well represented at this year's camp with coaches from Arsenal and Tottenham. "This was definitely a great experience for me", commented Chris Ramsey. "A few of the talents did catch my eye and its good to know they are in great hands with the SIGMA technical team. I would love to return again in the future and maybe even host some of the SIGMA FC teams and players in London soon!".
All in all the 5th Anniversary camp was a tremendous success and SIGMA FC thanks all those that made it so special. All new talents had the opportunity to take part in a very valuable development event like no other and hopefully having taken away with them the valuable lessons taught to them on a daily basis by the coaching team. Post camp, all SIGMA FC players returned to their competition and training schedules including participation at the Score of the Shore Showcase event in the US.
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