13 May 2012
It is the 40th anniversary season of the Oakville Soccer Club and with this milestone comes a number of great events being held throughout the summer. A major part of these events are our volunteers. Volunteering at OSC is a great way to get involved with the club as well as earning some volunteer hours. There is plenty to do to get involved this summer including these great opportunities:
07 May 2012
It is with great sadness that Oakville Soccer Club announces the resignation of Technical Director Jason de Vos, who will be leaving the Club at the beginning of June to further pursue his career as a professional broadcaster and soccer analyst.
"Making the decision to leave Oakville was one of the most difficult decisions of my career,” said de Vos. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at the Club - the Board of Directors, the staff, the coaches, the players and the volunteers.”
“In my opinion, OSC is the most progressive, forward-thinking youth soccer club in Canada, if not in North America. That is a directly due to the people involved with the Club, and I am confident that the Club will continue to be the leader in youth soccer in Ontario and in Canada."
Jason leaves OSC to accept a fulltime broadcasting opportunity that will see him as a key figure in the permanent TSN soccer broadcasting crew. This new fulltime opportunity means, unfortunately, he can no longer maintain the substantial commitments that the position of OSC Technical Director demands.
During his approximate year and a half at OSC, Jason has led transformational change to redesign the club’s soccer programs and drive the technical advancement of all its players. He has been responsible for the development of the Club’s first fully-integrated Technical Development Plan and instituted an impressive faculty of professional coaching staff to drive execution of this Plan into the club’s substantial player base.
At OSC, Jason has launched an expanded Fall/Winter development program that extends skills development opportunities to more players than ever before. He has also initiated the Club’s first structured coach development program.
He has worked tirelessly at the District and Provincial levels to drive reform to youth competition systems that allow the best environment for the Club’s players to develop in game play. Jason has undeniably been instrumental in reshaping the technical direction of the Club and solidifying OSC as a leader in community soccer in Canada.
As the Club enters its busiest season, Jason will remain committed to overseeing the successful launch of the 2012 Summer Outdoor Season, OSC’s early involvement in the Peel Halton Development League, and providing technical guidance to the many OSC coaches throughout the month of May.
Moving forward, the club remains fully committed to the implementation of the Technical Development Plan that Jason crafted, with the principles of Long Term Player Development remaining the backbone of OSC’s technical direction. The Club will commence the immediate search for a new Technical Director to fully implement its Plan and uphold its commitment to advance every player.
Oakville Soccer Club is extremely fortunate to have had Jason head the Technical Staff and without a doubt, his vision and commitment to soccer in the community have changed the face of the club forever.
“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jason. He has brought a ‘player first’ philosophy to the club that has created a wonderful learning environment for every child and built a best-in-class coaching team.” said Oakville Soccer Club CAO Paul Varian.
“On behalf of everyone at OSC I would like to offer Jason sincere thanks for all that he has achieved here. We are very saddened to see him go but wish him every success in his fulltime broadcasting career and any future endeavours.”
03 May 2012
Oakville Soccer Club is honoured to receive a 2012 Gold Standard Club Excellence Award from the Ontario Soccer Association.
Every two years, the OSA presents the Club Excellence Awards at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels to community soccer clubs that have demonstrated the ability to meet the OSA’s standard of club excellence.
18 Apr 2012
Relocating to a foreign country is no easy feat, but an overseas move tends to be a little easier when it provides you with the opportunity to live out your dreams - just ask Oakville Soccer Club alumn Andrew Barsalona.
Barsalona has been living in Germany and playing professional soccer for Eintracht Braunschweig, a second division Bundesliga club since the beginning of this year. The Bundesliga is the primary soccer league in Germany and the first division boasts a bevy of talented teams including Bayern Munich – the most successful German soccer team in history.
10 Apr 2012
The Canadian men’s U23 team recently shocked the soccer world and gained international notoriety in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying by beating the Americans in a stunning 2 – 0 victory on US soil and reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.
Three former OSC players, Evan James, Russell Teibert and Kyle Bekker were playing for their nation on the pitch, but the Club also had a fourth representative at the tournament, offering his expertise from the sidelines. Rafael Carbajal, OSC’s Coach Development Manager, was named goalkeeper coach and assistant coach by Head Coach Tony Fonseca prior to the team’s training camp.