OSA - SRSA Soccer Symposium in January
by Randy Pascal
The Sudbury Regional Soccer Association (SRSA) is hosting a very special two-day symposium in January, an event which features a session for local talent born in 2005 and 2006, and the price
simply cannot be beat.
The governing body for soccer clubs encompassing Sudbury, Espanola, Walden, Rayside-Balfour, Elliot Lake and Nickel Center, the SRSA is welcoming OSA (Ontario Soccer Association) Manager of Player
Development, Billy Wilson, to Northern Ontario on January 10th and 11th, for a series of sessions, all free of charge.
Wilson, who holds a Canada Soccer Coaching "B" license, US Coaching Youth license, Scottish FA Coaching Levels 1-3, in addition to being on accredited NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)
facilitator, will keep things off on Tuesday, January 10th at Cambrian College (Classroom 3412).
A presentation on Long Term Player Development (LTPD) and ensuing "Open Forum" will take place from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., with coaches, parents and others invited to sit in on the discussion aimed
to promote and clarify the implementation of LTPD strategies for youth aged four to twelve of all skill levels.
"Long Term Player Development aims to put the needs of the player first and offer age appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer," noted a media release distributed by the SRSA.
"Making soccer fun is the key in teaching and coaching, so that players will continue to immerse themselves in the game from first kicks through to their adult lives."
Day two will see Wilson and company run through a "Model Practice Demonstration" in the gymnasium of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, lasting from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the evening of
Following is a tentative schedule for the session, with players born in 2005 and 2006 invited to serve as the "guest practice team" for the event:
Symposium participants to arrive at 6:30 pm for classroom preparation session at Lo-Ellen High School
Player participants to arrive for 7:00 pm - dress code is white T-shirt, black shorts, white or black soccer socks, shin guards, indoor soccer shoes or running shoes
This session is open to all male and female players of all skill levels born in 2005 and 2006. Players can register to reserve their spot by emailing SRSA Technical Director Dayna Corelli at
Admission to both parts of the symposium is free of charge, and all members of the community are welcome to all attend any or all portions of the event. For further details, logon to the Sudbury
Regional Soccer Association website ("www.srsa.cansportlive2.com").