Every successful program must have a solid foundation, and this is especially true at Sigma FC with its ETC Program.
For the past eight years, Sigma's development pathway has been anchored by the Elite Training Centre (ETC) Program which has served as the main entry point to countless young players into the academy.
The ETC Program is set to welcome past participants and its newest members when the 2012-13 edition kicks off in late October and until early May at the Wild Water Kingdom Dome (turf) facility in Brampton.
The focus of the program is on each individual participant's technical development and progresses to more complex topics with participant age and learning curve. From there, some participants may follow the path blazed by other Sigma players within the successful FC teams, and play full time in the academy.
"This is the starting point for all young players at Sigma," said Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "The ETC Program is an excellent technical development experience for all young aspiring soccer players."
This year's ETC Program is open to players 7-15 years old. Those born between the years 1998-2002 will train twice a week, while younger participants born 2003-2005 train once a week in a program that serves as a compliment to their existing soccer (and other sport) involvement.
The recent Talent Days event in September attracted over 140 registrants who were able to take part in a few sessions in the "Sigma way" and hopeful to be included in the ETC Program going forward. The majority of players on the Sigma FC Academy teams have graduated up from the ETC Program, showing the importance of the program within Sigma's development pathway- one which has graduated players to college/university, pro and national teams. On the collegiate side, over 30 Sigma grads are playing on either side of the border with a few notables achieving Conference First Team All Stars in 2012- Emery Welshman (Oregon State/PAC-12), Kyle Bekker (Boston College/ACC), Jarrett Hamilton (Oral Roberts/Summit) and Greg Ranjitsingh (Mercer/Southern)
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