Ten+ Cesena USA Teams will soon begin preparing for the fall 2017 season after a record growth this past spring. ODFC Technical Director and Cesena USA Program Director, Andy Vera explains the growth, “It has been an excellent spring…tryouts went very well with as we added two ’02, one ’01 and one ’06 boys teams. Our ’06 girls’ team is now carrying a full roster and we’re working on a 2nd team right now. We are also finalizing a girls ’09 team from our RTP graduate list. Our ’05 girl’s teams are solid with (black) playing in the VA Regional tournament this coming weekend. The ’05 (white) is at a full 18 on their roster and are going to be stronger than last season.”
The program growth is owed to a strong band of volunteers, coaches, players and parents that, according to program directors, “all pull in the same direction”. The addition of strong leadership within the group of directors has also played a huge role in the programs record growth. Coach Frans Aarts, Director of Player and Coach Development said this, “the Rising Talent Program (RTP) is identifying and developing some magnificent players that will soon ready for travel soccer if that’s where they want to go. From our Little Friends program to the RTP and beyond we all follow the same script.”
The Cesena Program will stay busy this summer with many of the teams only taking a couple of weeks off before heading back to the training pitch. The Cesena USA Summer Academy will bring together some of the best Italian Federation coaches (FIGC) to work with our kids in mid-July to kick-off the preseason training. Every team should be back preparing for their preseason tournaments by August 7th.
The program growth and success is no accident, the environment needs to be right and the addition of critical club staff members must be addressed. The Cesena Program counts on a specific Fitness/Conditioning Director, a highly specialized GK Director, a knowledgeable Director of Player/Coach Education and an energetic, structured, Director of Travel Operations. All these talented individuals work closely with the Club Chairman and Technical Director to make things work.
All of us can’t wait for the fall 2017 season!