OSC MATCH OFFICIAL MENTORING PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH PROFESSOR AT BOCCONI UNIVERSITY IN ITALY

Oakville, ON – The Oakville Soccer Club is pleased to announce that the Club's Match Official Mentoring Program has partnered with Professor Ekaterina Netchaeva at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. In the World University rankings, Bocconi University currently places 11th worldwide and 6th in Europe for Business and Management Studies. Netchaeva’s research examines how gender plays out in organizations and how contributions of individuals to groups affect work productivity.

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 Coordinator, and Richard Bowden, Referee Development Manager for the Oakville Soccer Club. Matthew is a Commerce Student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he works as a Teaching Assistant for Managerial Statistics, Business Communications, Marketing Fundamentals, Human Resources, and Managing Work and Teams. He is also a Research Assistant at Bocconi University, Chair of the Ontario Youth Summit 2018 Committee, and Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipient as one of the top 50 incoming students at the university.

The goal of this partnership with Bocconi University will be to develop and introduce new mentoring methodologies for the Oakville Soccer Club and the Peel Halton Soccer Association as well as Ontario Soccer as a whole. Francis Martin, Director of Match Officials for PHSA has also confirmed their support for the program, thus providing an even greater resource to work with.

Dave Harris, Executive Director for Oakville Soccer Club has fully endorsed the program, stating "The Oakville Soccer Club is extremely pleased to partner with Bocconi University and Oakville native Matthew Aslett on such an important study. Our goal is to assist in the research methodology with the end goal of developing and supporting match officials not only for OSC but for soccer in general.”

Program Coordinator Matthew Aslett is also ecstatic about the new partnership: “It has been very enjoyable to work with Professor Netchaeva for the past three months while abroad in Italy. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to inject academic insights into a program which has made such a significant impact in the match official community. As one of the leading clubs in Ontario for this initiative, we are committed to sharing our best practices to ensure the consistent evolution of the program. Our objective is twofold: providing competent match officials for all levels of games and instilling the skills necessary for our referees to be successful in other endeavors in their lives

 

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Katryna Indewey
Director of Marketing & Communications
905-849-4436 ext. 4435
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MELISSA SNEDDEN APPOINTED TO THE FIFA INTERNATIONAL LIST FOR 2018 AS AN ASSISTANT REFEREE

OAKVILLE, ON - The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to announce that long time Oakville resident Melissa Snedden has been appointed to the FIFA International List for 2018 as an Assistant Referee. Melissa began her Officiating career at the age of 12 with the Oakville Soccer Club and has over 16 years of experience which has included games at the House League, Regional, Provincial, OUA and League 1 levels. Her career highlights to date have included participation in the “Canada Summer Games” and a “CONCACAF” Tournament in Florida as well as many other prestigious events.

Melissa graduated from Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography in addition to a Bachelor of Education and is currently employed as a teacher with the Halton Board of Education. During her time at University, Melissa worked at the Oakville Soccer Club as an assignor, mentor and Official during the summer months.

Melissa's additional activities include accreditation as an Ontario Soccer Fitness Instructor, Fitness Test supervisor and Youth Mentor. For the past two years, she has worked with the Oakville Soccer Club and the Peel Halton Soccer Association in the development and implementation of fitness programs for Match Officials of all levels.

OSC Referee Development Manager Richard Bowden said of Melissa's accomplishments “I am excited to see Melissa achieve her Officiating goals. Her commitment and hard work have culminated in the ultimate achievement for an outstanding individual and athlete”.

The appointment to “FIFA” is the highest level of recognition for Officials worldwide and is the culmination of many years of hard work, commitment and dedication to the game of Soccer in Canada. The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to have been able to make a contribution to her success along with the Ontario Soccer Development team and Canadian Soccer.

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About OSC
The Oakville Soccer Club, founded in 1972, is the largest amateur soccer club in Canada, with over 12,000 members coached by over 900 volunteer and professional coaches. OSC is based at its 100,000 square foot indoor soccer facility on Pine Glen Road in North Oakville. The Oakville Soccer Club carries the Gold Standard Award for Club Excellence from Ontario Soccer. OSC’s tradition of excellence includes eight national championships, 55 Ontario Cup winners and a large number of players selected to represent Canada at both national and international levels. OSC is committed to providing a positive soccer experience to all Club members through technical training, encouragement and opportunities for players to advance their soccer and life skills.

 

20 OAKVILLE SOCCER CLUB PLAYERS SELECTED TO MOVE FORWARD IN ONTARIO SOCCER'S PROVINCIAL PROJECTS PROGRAM

OAKVILLE, ON - The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to announce that 20 players from the Club's OPDL program have been selected to move forward into Ontario Soccer’s 2018 Provincial Projects program.

The Provincial Program is available to all Ontario Soccer registered players who are competing at the U14, U15 or U16 age group. The Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) is the primary venue in which potential Provincial Team Players are detected. The Oakville Soccer Club’s U13 and U14 players have been selected by Ontario Soccer based on their performance during the 2017 OPDL season.

Founded in 2014, the OPDL is Ontario's standards-based high performance league. It combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards with the goals of developing the top soccer talent within the province.

The Provincial Program focuses on player screening, talent identification and benchmarking of players through competition.

The U14, U15 and U16 Provincial Projects will take place from January to April. It will involve three player screening weekends (January 13-14, February 24-25 and March 24-25), one preparation weekend (April 21-22) and one Inter-Provincial Teams Competition (Apr. 27, 28, 29).

Canada Soccer will be present at the Inter-Provincial Competition in April to scout the players for potential invitations to National Excel Environments.

OSC Executive Director Dave Harris said of the selections: “OSC is proud to congratulate the 20 members of our Ontario Player Development League teams who have moved on to Ontario Soccer’s Provincial Projects program. This is the next step on the road towards becoming provincial players who will represent Ontario. This is a tremendous honour for our players and we wish them all the best in moving to the next level.”

Congratulations to the following players:

 

2004 Girls Provincial Projects
Sophie Francuz
Medina Doka
2003 Girls Provincial Projects
Alanna Del Monache
Amrit Arora
Jessica Dougall
Kendra Pelton
2004 Boys Provincial Projects
Daniel Christiansen
Kacper Ambrozewicz
Rodrigo Noblecilla
Manuel Rodrigues
2003 Boys Provincial Projects
Aleks Petrovic
Nathaneal Clarke
Dominik Stefanski
Kevin Espiro
Samir Ghouli
Yves Michel Tcheuyap
Mauro Lulli
Joshua DuDoit
Calum Chau
Ethan Mendes

 


OSC Senior Technical Director Chris Grierson also extended congratulations to the players stating: “Congratulations to all 20 players from OSC on being identified throughout the 2017 OPDL season. To be selected to attend the Provincial Projects program is a huge achievement for each individual. Each player will have an opportunity to showcase their skills amongst other players in front of Provincial scouts and coaches. Good luck to all involved and well done to all the coaching staff at OSC for their dedication and commitment to Player Development”.

The Oakville Soccer Club is proud to have these young individuals representing the Club and wishes all 20 players good luck at the Provincial Projects program.

Media Contact
Katryna Indewey
Director of Marketing & Communications
kindewey@oakvillesoccer.ca
T 905-849-4436 x 4435

About OSC
The Oakville Soccer Club, founded in 1972, is the largest amateur soccer club in Canada, with over 12,000 members coached by over 900 volunteer and professional coaches. OSC is based at its 100,000 square foot indoor soccer facility on Pine Glen Road in North Oakville. The Oakville Soccer Club carries the Gold Standard Award for Club Excellence from Ontario Soccer. OSC’s tradition of excellence includes eight national championships, 55 Ontario Cup winners and a large number of players selected to represent Canada at both national and international levels. OSC is committed to providing a positive soccer experience to all Club members through technical training, encouragement and opportunities for players to advance their soccer and life skills.

 

Former OSC Player Paige Culver Earns All-American Honours

Congratulations to former OSC player Paige Culver, who was recently named the Mid-American Conference Defensive player of the Year! In addition to this prestigious award, Paige was named a third-team All-American while also receiving first-team honours for both her conference and region.

She played every minute for Kent State University this past season, and was part of a strong defence who tied a school record with 11 shutouts. 

Congratulations again Paige, you made OSC proud!

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OSC's Boys 2003 OPDL Team Participating in Inaugural BMO Champions Cup Tournament

 

The Oakville Soccer Club's Boys 2003 OPDL team is excited to participate in the Inaugural BMO Champions Cup Tournament hosted by Toronto FC.

The BMO Champions Cup Tournament has been created to provide elite teams with a post-season competition and the opportunity to showcase themselves for Canada Soccer. After a fantastic season in the Ontario Player Development League and a runner-up finish in the OPDL Charity Shield, OSC's Boys 2003 team was pleased to receive a personal invitation to the Tournament from Bill Manning, Toronto FC President.

For their first match, OSC faces off against Ginga soccer on Thursday, November 16th at 3:30, and will play again on Saturday (time TBD). Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer on the team at Kia Training Ground in Downsview.

Update: OSC defeated Ginga 5-0 in their fist game, and will take the field against Toronto FC Academy on Saturday, November 18 @ 5:30 p.m. The game will take place at Kia Training Ground - spectators are welcomed and encouraged!

For more information about the BMO Champions Cup Tournament, please click here.

Good luck, boys!

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