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Richmond Hill and Thunder Bay Chill announce affiliation agreement

By Staff, 07/04/17, 12:30PM EDT


The affiliation will share a commitment to Long-Term Player Development (LTPD)

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The Thunder Bay Chill and Richmond Hill Soccer Club recently announced an affiliation agreement between the two clubs.

The affiliation will share a commitment to Long-Term Player Development (LTPD), coaching development, referee development, and will provide opportunities to players in both clubs.

The affiliation was also ratified by Ontario Soccer, as it meets the rationale promoted by the organization.

It provides a talent pathway for players graduating from the affiliated LTPD program, and will educate parents and players about Ontario Soccer’s talented pathway.  

“This is a great opportunity for our Club to give additional incentives to players who select this path during their playing careers,” said Chill PDL Director Saverio Lento.

Players will be identified starting at U-12 from the Chill Club and collaboration with the Richmond Hill Soccer Club’s Technical Director will then commence. Once coaches, players, and parents are satisfied with the details, the Chill player can be sub-rostered to the Richmond Hill Soccer Club. A Chill player who is sub-rostered to RHSC will then have the opportunity to train and play in OPDL games with Richmond Hill Soccer Club but will keep the Chill as their home club for regular competition. 

Launched in 2014 with the 2001 age group, the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is the province's standards-based, youth performance development league that combines top level competition with high performance training standards. This innovative and exciting youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of LTPD in Ontario and Canada. 

“I think this is a great opportunity for our clubs to share resources while at the same time ensuring players continue to have opportunity in Ontario,” said Tony Colistro, the Chill Director of Soccer Programs.

The affiliation will also allow for coaching opportunity when it comes to developing training sessions as well as expanding education and building capacity for all our youth coaching staff.

“Opportunities to collaborate with other Clubs and to offer more soccer pathways are important to the growth and success of RHSC; we are so excited to be affiliated with the Chill and we look forward to growing our relationship” said Melody Carroll, General Manager of the Richmond Hill Soccer Club.