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The OPDL Spotlight Series - Toronto High Park FC

By Staff, 07/03/18, 5:00PM EDT


Nico Girard, an OPDL coach, weighs in on their first year in OPDL

Play. Inspire. Unite. 

The OPDL Spotlight Series, presented by Toronto FC, highlights stories, teams and initiatives from around the league. 

This week features comments from Nico Girard, an OPDL Coach with Toronto High Park FC, on their first year in OPDL. 

This is THPFC's first year within OPDL. Right now there are currently five staff working between the two teams. This has been a great experience for THPFC as it gives the younger players an exciting step forward into their soccer development.

How has your preparation for your inaugural OPDL season been?

At first it took some time to adjust to the new season and started off with a few rough patches.

Since then we have seen a steady improvement as the season has progressed.

Players, parents and coaches have been impressed with the progress we have made so far and I hope that our success will continue further into the season.

What are you most excited about for your players, now that they are a part of the Talent, Development and Performance environment of the OPDL?

I think that the most exciting part for the players will be the exposure to the competition found in the OPDL environment.

This will be a learning curve for the players as they will compete against opponents of greater skill and higher compete levels.

This will be a great challenge but will also be very rewarding for all the players. 

What do you hope to bring to the OPDL as a new License Holder?

Toronto High Park FC hopes to bring opportunity to the West End of Toronto with a high performance program.

By using possession based soccer we hope to make an impact in the league and believe our technical staff have the ability to make this possible. 

How do you feel your Administrators, Match Officials and Technical Staff will benefit from their involvement in the OPDL?

I think that the involvement in the OPDL and through the practice sessions our coaches will gain valuable knowledge. We hope that this knowledge will further benefit our staff and produce great results and increase the skill level of our club players. 


After previously working with Toronto FC and North Toronto SC, Nico Girard is most excited to work with a group of dedicated players towards their season goal.

Nico Girard

Nico Girard

OPDL Coach, Toronto High Park FC