OSC - Dedicated to Developing Females in Soccer

The Oakville Soccer Club is dedicated to the development of females within the sport of soccer. Part of this commitment is providing strong, female role-models for our players to look up to. The Club is proud to boast strong female leadership in all programs and services provided by OSC.

The Li’l Oscars Program, designed for the youngest players in sport, is lead by an all-female staff of facilitators at the Club. Our Youth House League program boasts a strong representation of female volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, convenors, Active Start Facilitators, Learning Facilitators and Field Ambassadors throughout all age groups and seasons. Several female staff work in the Club’s Open Development Program, sharing their love for the game with participants in an individual development setting.

Our ADP, RDP and OPDL programs all boast a strong female coaching staff within the development/competitive side of the Club. In fact, several of these coaches grew up playing soccer with OSC, had impressive post-OSC soccer careers, achieved coaching licenses and have come back to the Club to share their love and passion for the sport of soccer with the next generation of OSC’s female players.

The Oakville Soccer Club is also proud to boast a strong female Match Official contingent, and an applauded Match Official Mentorship Program that features many stand-out female Match Officials who are spending their time and talents ensuring that young, female referees are confident and successful in their officiating careers.

We at the Club are proud to have experienced and dedicated female leadership within the our specialty programs such as Breaking Barriers and recreational camps. The Club is also proud to boast a strong group of women within its front and back-office staff, who contribute to the success of the day-to-day operations of the Club. In a continued effort to be a part of advancing the female game, OSC has hosted Vanessa Martinez-Lagunas, one of the most highly accomplished women within the sport of soccer, to facilitate a Female Elite Camp as well as work with coaches working within the female game for the last two summers, and will welcome her back in 2018.

And, most importantly, the Oakville Soccer Club is extremely proud of the thousands of female players who step on the pitch every season wearing our crest in all of our programs from Li’l Oscars to House League to ADP/RDP/OPDL to Adult League and Walking Soccer. OSC is proud to contribute to the growth of the female game and help the Club’s female players to become confident and accomplished women both on and off the pitch.

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OSC Hosts Match Official Mentor Showcase

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 the Oakville Soccer Club was please to host its first Match Official Mentor Showcase.

Lead by Matthew Aslett, OSC Youth Match Official & Mentor Facilitator, and Isabella Springett, OSC Mentoring Team Leader, the Showcase sessions included Diversity Management, OSC Mentoring Best Practices, Building a Mentoring Curriculum, and a Think Tank. The Keynote Session was about Research Findings and Next Steps in Ontario Soccer in connection with Bocconi and Queen’s University professors. Guest Instructors included Richard Bowden (OSC's Referee Development Manager) and Vlad Haltigin and Mark Doubrough from the Ontario Soccer Technical Advisory Group.

Over 30 people attended the Showcase including representatives from Ontario Soccer, the Match Official Development Committee, the Technical Advisory Group, Peel Halton Soccer Association, Soccer Referees Association of Halton, and Oakville Soccer Club Mentors.

The Mentor Showcase was created to share insights extracted from the Match Official mentoring community. The goal was to empower and inspire all clubs to engage in mentoring practices to facilitate match official growth and retention.

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OSC Adds Woody Bailey to Club's Coaching Staff

The Oakville Soccer Club is pleased to announce the addition of high-profile skills coach Woody Bailey to the Club’s coaching staff. Bailey, along with his son Jerome, will work with the Club’s Advanced Development Program (ADP), ensuring that OSC players receive world-class instruction technical skills training.

Bailey’s mission is to develop young players to excel at the technical level of soccer. “We want players to develop the thinking, footwork and techniques that will make them successful soccer players,” said Bailey. The teaching method and techniques that will be provided to OSC players have been developed by Woody Bailey and delivered in a learning format that is intense and enjoyable. Woody and his staff coordinate training sessions with a passion for the game matched by an enthusiastic and supportive attitude for helping players develop their skills to play at their desired level.

Bailey teaches skills players can use in practical game situations. Each session is designed to enhance the soccer skills of youth players and become technically equipped to meet the challenges of playing high level soccer in Canada and around the world. Players will be challenged through drills designed to emphasize hard physical work and concentration. Bailey and his son Jerome have spent years studying proven soccer techniques and a have a passion for instruction at a high level that will ensure players have a positive learning experience.

OSC Executive Director Dave Harris said of the hiring: “OSC is thrilled to add a coach of the stature of Woody Bailey to the Club’s staff. The training methods which Woody and Jerome utilize allow for exceptional skills training in an fun and educational manner, ensuring that our players receive the top skills instruction possible. We know that Woody and his son Jerome will add an elite training component to an already strong program which will benefit our players individually and as a whole.”

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OSC MATCH OFFICIAL MENTORING PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH PROFESSOR AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY IN KINGSTON

The Oakville Soccer Club is pleased to announce that the Club's Match Official Mentoring Program has partnered with Professor Matthias Spitzmuller at Queen’s University in Ontario and undergraduate business student Leah Vlassis at University of Victoria in British Columbia.

The Smith School of Business at Queen’s University has earned international recognition for its team-based and experiential education approach. It oversees Canada’s most prestigious undergraduate business program and is an Official National Business Education Partner of the Canadian Olympic Team. Spitzmuller is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and his research focuses on team motivation, team leadership, and helping/cooperative work behaviours. He is the Toller Family Fellow of Organizational Behaviour and was a recipient of the New Research Achievement Award in 2016 from the Smith School of Business. His work has been published in numerous academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and he has been a lecturer for several clients of Harvard Business School Publishing.

The Gustavson School of Business at University of Victoria has consistently ranked among the top institutions in Canada, with an emphasis on leadership initiatives and international networks. Vlassis is an undergraduate student, who is passionate about soccer with over 13 years of experience in the Lower Island Soccer Association. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, and service. In 2014, she was selected to represent BC at the Next Generation Leaders Forum in Ontario and recently competed on the Non-for-Profit Team at the JDC West Competition 2018 in Calgary.

Founded in September 2014, the goal of OSC's Mentoring Program is to promote continuous match official development and provide a forum for the exchange of soccer knowledge. The mission of the mentoring team is to support aspiring referees, provide constructive feedback, and inspire referees to embark on new challenges to help with their growth. This initiative is overseen by Matthew Aslett, Youth and Adult Mentor Program Facilitator, Isabella Springett, Mentoring Team Leader, and Richard Bowden, Referee Development Manager for the Oakville Soccer Club. This partnership will build on the one finalized with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy in December 2017.

Program Facilitator Matthew Aslett is thrilled to move forward: “Our goal for this project is to improve match official retention rates by examining identities and effective tactics associated with creating an environment that supports our members in their professional development”.

 Professor Spitzmuller added: “As a researcher and as a passionate soccer fan and player, I could not be more excited to embark on this project. Referees play such an important, yet often overlooked role in the game. Developing an improved understanding of the factors that contribute to referee retention will go a long way to further develop the Beautiful Game in Canada”. 

Vlassis also expressed her excitement, stating that “I look forward to contributing my experience and perspective from Western Canada to bring further insights and success to the team”.

FIVE OSC PLAYERS COMMIT TO PLAY SOCCER AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to announce that five current U18 Club players have committed to play soccer at the post-secondary level at various Canadian Universities in the Fall.

 

jake carenza  Jake Carenza has been an OSC player since his first soccer match at the age of four, and will join the squad at the University of Waterloo in the Fall. After looking at both the University of Guelph and Waterloo, Carenza elected to become a Warrior and looks forward to working with an experienced team while participating in the Kinesiology program. 
 robyn hopkins Robyn Hopkins, an OSC player since her U16 season has committed to attend Wilfrid Laurier University. Hopkins selected Laurier because she says she felt at home on campus and is excited to participate in their Kinesiology program. Hopkins looks forward to becoming a Golden Hawk in the Fall of 2018.
 asia navalta Asia Navalta has committed to play at Brock University in the Fall. An OSC player since U10, Navalta decided to become a Badger because the coaching staff and team seemed like the best fit and style of play for her, and because of the school's Sport Management program.
 kalin obrien Kalin O'Brien, a lifelong OSC player since her first season at U6 has committed to play at Bishop's University. O'Brien selected Bishop's not only to follow in her parents sports and athletic footsteps (both Bishop's athletes and grads), but also to be a part of the re-growth of a strong team. O'Brien will study Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law.
 julia semple  Julia Semple will become a Mustang in the Fall of 2018, as she has committed to Western University to study Business. Playing with OSC since the beginning of her soccer career at U4, Julia selected Western because of the team's impressive track record (finished fourth in Canada last season), passionate coaching and academic esteem; not to mention her parents and both brothers also attended Western, so Semple saw the Mustangs as a natural fit.

 

OSC's Executive Director Dave Harris said of the signings “The Oakville Soccer Club is extremely proud to recognize these five outstanding individuals who will be combining athletics with academics as they move forward with their post-secondary careers. It is a credit to all these players that they can continue their soccer careers while attending the Universities of their choice. We wish all of them the best of luck in the future.”

The Oakville Soccer Club will celebrate the signing of these players at a media event on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Edith Sorensen Community Room at the Pine Glen Soccer Centre. The Club looks forward to hearing about the commitment of even more players in the months to come.

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OSC COACH SELECTED TO ONTARIO SOCCER FEMALE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Oakville, ON - The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to announce that OSC Coach Adrianna Krencil has been selected to participate in Ontario Soccer's Female Mentorship Program. Krencil has coached with OSC for two and a half years and is currently the Assistant Coach for the Girls U13 and Girls U14 OPDL teams.

Mentees in the program must be working toward their Provincial B and National B coaching licenses. The Female Mentorship Program is designed to develop senior female coaches, who in turn will act as educators and mentors to other female coaches who wish to further develop and progress their coaching careers. The mentorship program is part of a holistic support system approach to enabling promising coaches across the province to reach their full coaching potential in the sport. Six female coaches were selected from across the province to take part in this one-on-one coach development opportunity and are selected based on their experience, potential and the recommendations supporting their application.

Annually Ontario Soccer seeks applications for Mentee Coaches. The mentee coaches must be working toward the Provincial B and National B coaching licenses. The six coaches are selected based on their experience, potential, and the recommendations supporting their application.

The selected applicants will be developed in the Ontario Soccer mentoring program under the guidance of the Ontario Soccer Coach Development Team and the Female Head Mentor coach, Connie Marshall.

"To be selected to be one of only six female coaches from Ontario, and to be mentored by Connie Marshall is a wonderful opportunity for Adrianna. Connie is a fantastic mentor and I am sure Adrianna will come away from the experience a better coach and continue to be a positive role model for players," said Chris Grierson, OSC's Senior Technical Director of Krencil's selection to the program.

The Oakville Soccer Club is very proud to have Adrianna as a part of the Club's coaching staff and wishes her all the very best through this 9-month process.

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