SIGMA FC is pleased to announce the full roster of coaches to attend this year's camps- the 5th Anniversary of this highly successful event. In light of this special occasion, the top coaching team assembled for such an event in Canada will come together to teach the finer points of the game to the quality youth participants attending. Joining perennial attendees from AFC Ajax of the Netherlands and Club Brugge of Belgium will be coaches from Real Mallorca of the Spanish Primera Division and two of the Premiership's top clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC.

It is incredible what we have been able to achieve over the years with the quality of coaches (both local and international) and players present at the camp. Our organization has been consistent in providing participants from all over Canada the opportunity to train with some of the best youth coaches and directors in the world who represent many of Europe's most prestigious clubs. This is a great summer for SIGMA all around. Our 4 teams are playing competitively year round and we have had a successful season with players signed to US Universities on scholarship along with a few boys headed to the professional side of the game. When you add a quality event like this, which has been so successful over the years and with what is the top lineup of coaches assembled to come to Canada to work with our youth you can't help but be excited.

The 2009 SIGMA FC International Camps featuring coaches from AFC AJAX, Club Brugge, Real Mallorca, Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur will begin on June 29th and run for three weeks consecutively at the Hershey Center in Mississauga.


Introducing the European based coaching staff for this summers SIGMA FC International Training Camps

AFC AJAX

Patrick Ladru 

Patrick Ladru,
Technical Director, Youth
AFC Ajax of Amsterdam

A graduate of the Sios Sports Academy in Holland Patrick Ladru has been involved in coaching youth for 20 years. Patrick Ladru has been a mainstay at the youth of AFC Ajax for 18 years. In his time at the club players such as, Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Saar, Rafael van der Vart, Wesley Sneijder and many more have gone through his instruction. Patrick Ladru has become one of the leading educators in youth football within Holland over the years and has been instrumental in developing the training models for all groups at Ajax under the age of 14. On many occasions he has been called upon top clubs throughout Europe to assist with their youth academy organization.

Patrick Ladru has spent the last 4 summers in Toronto directing the SIGMA/AJAX Camps and has been very positive with what the coaches have encountered over the years. The camps in Canada have provided local players an opportunity to train with Ajax at their youth complex in Amsterdam and many teams the opportunity to visit Holland and play against Ajax over the past 4 years.

Sigma is proud to have such a distinguished individual in European soccer supportining it's programs year round over the past 5 years!



Renaldo Landberg 

Renaldo Landberg,
Coordination Trainer
AFC AJAX of Amsterdam

Responsible for all coordination and running technique training at AFC Ajax for the past 5 years Renaldo is a valuable asset to the world's top youth academy. As the coordination and running technique trainer Renaldo is responsible for all teams in the youth set-up from U9 to the reserve team. His innovative training methods which are specific to the sport of soccer are instrumental in increasing, speed, mobility, flexibility and explosiveness with and without the ball.

With over 20 years of knowledge and experience in the professional and amateur aspect of the sport Renaldo brings an exciting aspect to soccer for all players involved. This will be Renaldo's 3rd year in a row visiting Toronto and for many players his daily sessions are something to look forward to.

Renaldo is a graduate of the CIOS (Central Institute of Sport instructors) in Holland. He has worked over the years in educating coachesand providing clinics to professional clubs in Russia, Belgium, Norway and South America.

SIGMA looks forward to having this great coach with us once again this summer!



CLUB BRUGGE

Henk Mariman 

Henk Mariman,
Technical Director - Youth
Club Brugge

Henk Mariman joins the coaching line-up for the second year running. Mr. Mariman is widely regarded as the top youth football educator in Belgium and widely respected throughout Europe for his innovative approach to the game. A UEFA "A" licensed coach Mariman has spent several years researching the game with various top European clubs and assisting them with their very own youth setup.

Henk Mariman has been the Youth Technical Director at Club Brugge for three years and in that time span has changed the training methods and outlook upon youth development. Before Club Brugge Mr. Mariman worked with Germinal Beershot of the Belgian premier league along with a close working relationship to AJAX.

SIGMA is proud to have such an honoured and distinguished educator of the game in Toronto to provide his expertise.



REAL MALLORCA

Arno Buitenweg 

Arno Buitenweg,
Youth Director
Real Mallorca

Mr Buitenweg is one of the driving forces behind youth football on the Balearic island of Spain. As the U13 coach of Real Mallorca and director of the Real Mallorca soccer schools, Arno has been influential in bringing Mallorca on par with many of the top development academies in Europe. A native of the Netherlands, Buitenweg has spent the good part of the last decade coaching and increasing the exposure of players in Mallorca to international football.

This will be Coach Arno's first trip to Canada but he is no stranger to SIGMA FC. In 2006 the first team assembled by SIGMA travelled to Mallorca and an invitational tournament organized by Mr. Buitenweg which featured clubs such as AFC Ajax, Valencia, Everton and Hertha Berlin and Mallorca.

We look forward to having this great coach join us this year and provide our participants a look into youth football from the home of the current European Champions and a country that has produced many of the world's top players over the past years.



TOTTENHAM

TOTTENHAM

Chris Ramsey
Assistant Academy Manager/ Head of Player Development

Chris is the Assistant Academy Manager and Head of Player Development for Tottenham Hotspur, one of England's top professional teams. He was recently honored by England's House of Lords for his efforts to defeat racism. He holds the Union of European Football Association's (UEFA) Pro License, the top coaching qualification possible. He also holds a UEFA "A" License and the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America top license, the Premier Diploma. He was Head Coach of the Charleston (South Carolina) Battery from 2002-2004, when they were crowned National Champions and he was named A-League Coach of the Year for 2003. He has been an assistant with many England national youth squads alongside Howard Wilkinson, Kevin Keegan and Glen Hoddle, while also leading as head coach the U20 England national team at the World Cup in Nigeria.

SIGMA is proud to have such an honoured and distinguished educator of the game in Toronto to provide his expertise.



ARSENAL FC

Arsenal

Ryan Gordon
Youth Coach & Scout
Arsenal FC

Ryan comes to Canada with 5 years experience at one of the Premierships top sides Arsenal FC. At Arsenal's academy Ryan works alongside the academy director and technical team as a youth coach and scout, and with all age groups from 6-16. Ryan also acted as reserve team coach and manager at AFC Wimbledon helping develop and promote young talents up the development ladder to the first team.

This will be Ryan's first time coming to Canada and SIGMA to work with the young talents and build on the relationship between the clubs. We look forward to having him join us, representing one the world's top clubs!



KNVB

KNVB AZ Alkmaar

Joop Lensen
Former Technical Director,
AZ Alkmaar
& Fenerbache

Joop Lensen comes to SIGMA with rich experiences both in his native Netherlands and abroad working to develop young talents and coaches. Within the national federation- KNVB- Joop has held the positions of head and assistant coach to many of the countries youth national squads. He also is a prominent instructor of the coaching curriculum of the federation. As the head of the youth of current Dutch Champions AZ Alkmaar, Joop was tasked with the total build-out of a structure and organization to make the youth setup one of the top in the country. Having accomplished this he next moved to Turkey and top club Fenerbache to setup its youth structure.

We look forward to having Joop join us this year and share his many experiences with the young talents.