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Searching for future stars

(PETERBOROUGH) Kicking back on Thanksgiving will have a whole new meaning for dozens of young soccer players this weekend.
The Cavan Football Club is set to play host to the Danone Nations Cup trials; one of six Ontario selection camps for the team that will represent Canada at the Nations Cup held next year in Japan. The Danone Nations Cup is the largest youth soccer tournament in the world. Beginning in 2000 with only eight teams, the contest now involves 40 countries and thousands of athletes ages 11 and 12.
Due to the corporate partnership between Toronto FC and Danone, the Major League Soccer organization will play host to the tryouts through its development program; The TFC Academy. The Cavan FC is an affiliated club with the TFC Academy program and was given the opportunity to host one of the high profile tryouts.
“We’re pretty excited for our little club” says Angela Penello, Cavan FC administrator.
To be eligible to participate, athletes are required to register online with the host club and participate in both the morning and afternoon sessions of the tryout. Coaches will evaluate the athletes on their performance in both skill and competition drills. In total, 20 athletes will be selected to move on to the final team trials at Downsview Park in Toronto on October 22.
Selection to the final camp, however, doesn’t guarantee a spot on the team. Its anticipated that over 500 boys and girls will be selected to battle for the final roster.
While the trial itself provides an incredible opportunity for the young athletes, its not the only benefit offered at this event. Toronto FC Academy coaches as well as the academy director, Dan Dichio, are scheduled to be on-site. The addition of the TFC’s coaching staff elevates the experience for the athletes.
“It increases the experience for the kids,” explains Penello.
“It gives them more exposure and allows them to meet the coaches.”
She fully understands the importance of athletes getting the right exposure. Her son Josh is part of the TFC academy and a member of the TFC U-17 developmental team along with fellow Peterborough native Jordan Haynes. Check in for the trial begins at 10 a.m .Saturday Oct. 8 with the skills evaluation session beginning at 10:30 a.m. The athletes will then be split up into groups after lunch where game performance will be judged before the final list is decided. All participating athletes will be able to meet the coaches, receive an autographed TFC pennant and sample some of the products supplied by Danone.
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About PTBOSportsScene

Husband, Father, Writer, Coach, Maker of Omelettes and Dissector of Couches. After working for over 10 years in sport, I decided to move my focus from calling for media coverage to doing the reporting. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a multitude of sports and loved every minute of it. Now is my chance to give exposure to those sports and activities that don’t always make the front of the sports page. On this blog you’ll find articles that I’ve done on some of Peterborough’s most interesting and lesser know sports in the area. It may even prompt you to try one.


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