Waterloo Minor Soccer Club’s (WMSC) Spring Classic is gaining momentum. The club hosted its third annual Spring Classic Training Camp on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the University of Waterloo with 142 enthusiastic soccer participants from Waterloo United’s U13 and U14 boys’ and girls’ Rep programs.WMSC also expanded the program this year and embraced 37 players from Oakridge Soccer Club and Kleinburg-Nobleton SC.
The event provided players with a wide range of experiences over the course of the weekend as they stayed in Ron Eydt Village residence, participated in training sessions from elite-level coaches and attended classroom sessions pertaining to scholarship opportunities in Canada and the United States. The event also attracted Gustavo Coelho, a renowned sports psychologist from Perfect Mind Consulting.
“The Spring Classic brings together our club teams at the end of off-season training, immerses them in the game and provides connections to an educational pathway. Excellence and education are strong, shared values within our club and our community,” noted Club President Brian Jewett.
The training camp included an outstanding list of guest coaches and facilitators including: CSA National A and B-licensed coaches, USSF and UEFA-licensed coaches, elite-level coaches from the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Ontario College Athletics as well as NCAA coaches from the United States.
The OUA was well represented once again this year with Mario Halapir from Wilfrid Laurier University, Shayne Campbell (University of Guelph), Tina Cooke (Ryerson University), and Martin Painter from the University of Western. WMSC Head Coach Peter Mackie was recruited from the Ontario College ranks along with Rick Morandini from Georgian College and Julian Carr from Centennial College.
The guest list also included heavy hitters Bart Choufour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jordan Feliciano of Toronto FC and Dan McCarty from Seton Hill University (a NCAA school located 35 minutes west of Pittsburgh).
The camp had a well-rounded list of guest coaches including Matt Evans (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Chris Loucks (Technical Director at NorWest SC), Cypriane McFarlane (McFarlane Recruiting Services), Gustavo Coehlo (Perfect Mind Consulting), Sam Foti (Newmarket SC) and, rounding it out, Adam Weller from the University of Waterloo.
The Waterloo United Spring Classic is growing and progressively building a reputation of high-level training as well as providing a memorable experience for U13 and U14 competitive players.
As WMSC Head Coach Peter Mackie proudly stated, “On behalf of Waterloo Minor Soccer, I would like to thank all of the guest coaches, staff and volunteers for their commitment to this unique club event. We will collectively strive, as an organization, to implement this program as a part of the overall player and coach development pathway. We aspire to engage neighbouring clubs within the soccer community to join us every spring.”
Submitted by Peter Mackie, Waterloo Minor Soccer Head Coach