SIGMA FC's dominant performance over the summer in the Ontario Soccer League was recognized at the OSL awards banquet

The SIGMA academy, that burst on to the Ontario senior soccer scene in a big way this year, won two divisions and earned five individual honours for its players and coaching staff.

"It was very nice to have our small academy make such large leaps in a two year period and be rewarded the way we were," said SIGMA technical director Bobby Smyrniotis. "It is not usual for an academy to come into the scene and begin having success like we have had."

Smyrniotis was named OSL U21 East coach of the year, while Ryan Lyn was named league most valuable player. In the same division, goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh was named goalkeeper of the year.

Sigma FC was also handed its trophy for winning the U21 league title.

In the senior ranks, SIGMA was recognized for its league title in the OSL Men's East division. Nik Giannotta was named MVP for the league, while goalkeeper Justin Faiola was named top 'keeper.

"The banquet was a nice way end to our season for our senior teams as the efforts of all the players and staff was recognized by our leagues. It is always a good feeling for the players to be awarded these types of honours," said Smyrniotis.

"Of utmost importance to our academy is the fact that in one year at the senior level we have been able to win two championships and gain promotion to the highest amateur league of play in the province. This will set a good platform for our players to compete and develop over the next few years," he added.

At the youth level, SIGMA puts a focus on player development, training young soccer players from the age of six up to 18. Once the players graduate to the senior ranks, the academy aims give those players a home where they can compete and play soccer at the highest level. For this reason, the club puts a strong emphasis on winning in the OSL in order to give its players the best possible competitive experience, Smyrniotis explains.

Next season, SIGMA will add a second team to the OSL U21 division, bringing the number of teams in the league to three.