Top-notch education continues off field with Futuro

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–By Ottawa Sportspage, For St. Anthony Futuro Soccer

St. Anthony Futuro is home to a wide spectrum of players and programs – from the diverse group of adults compelled to represent the storied club in Premier play because of what St. Anthony’s stands for, down to the boys and girls as young as age 3 taking part in physical literacy programs.

Under the direction of Technical Director Sanjeev Parmar, the club covers all aspects required for effective player development. That includes classroom sessions at the St. Anthony Clubhouse, where leading experts speak to members on a wide range of soccer topics.

In the past month, for example, Futuro hosted a university coaches forum with the Futuro girls’ program, while the Futuro ’07 boys – recently recognized as Myers Team of The Week on CTV – learned the 4 steps of unconscious and conscious thinking on the field.

futurocolumn-may18-3.jpgFree workshop for local coaches with Queen’s scholars

On the evening of Wednesday, May 23, Futuro will welcome coaches from all sports for a free Effective Coaching & Transformation Coaching Workshop at the St. Anthony Clubhouse.

The Workshop was developed by Jean Côté, PhD and Jennifer Turnnidge, PhD from Queen’s University – leading researchers in best practices on the subject. The Transformational Leadership Workshop is designed to enhance coaches’ leadership skills, and ultimately improve the quality of their interpersonal relationships with athletes both on and off the field.

“This is a great opportunity for coaches from the area involved in all kinds of sports – not just soccer – to learn from some of the best researchers in the field of coaching development,” notes Parmar. “It’s really exciting to be able to put on something like this for the community and contribute to elevating the quality of local sport. That’s always been a goal of ours and something we’re really proud of.”

The workshop will run from 6-9 p.m.

Local Neymar Jr tourney champs one step away from trip to Brazil

The Futuro ’07 boys won the Neymar Jr’s Five took down all local challengers to win the open five-a-side tournament on May 5 at TD Place.

The team will now move on to the national finals on May 26 in Toronto where they’ll have a chance to win a trip the world final, set for July 21 at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. in Praia Grande, Brazil outside Sao Paulo.

The Red Bull-sponsored competition features 10-minute matches with no goalkeeper, and whenever a team scores, the opposition loses a player.

“It is a fast, technical and fun competition,” Neymar Jr., the Paris Saint-Germain star, says in describing the event. “It brings players from all corners of the world together to celebrate their shared passion: football.”

Globally, over 100,000 players on more than 30,000 teams from 62 countries participated in qualifiers this year.

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