• Toronto Skillz Coaches Achieve Additional Certifications

    Toronto Skillz Academy would like to congratulate five of our Coaches on achieving USSF National Youth License. Coaching Education and Development is a very important part of our program as we apply the latest discoveries in youth soccer development in our programs. The USSF National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. We would like to congratulate Coaches:

    • Derrel Simon
    • Luigi Colangelo
    • Dave Branthwaite
    • Galvin Binda
    • Jake Doodnath

    In addition we would like to congratulate Coach Guillermo "Memo" Prieto on achieving his Ontario Provincial B license and wish him continuing success as he prepares for his Canadian National B license in the New Year.

    Earlier on this year, three of our coaches Tiger Fitzpatrick, Galvin Binda and Jake Doodnath were able to spend nine days at the famed Real Madrid Academy at the City of Football in Madrid Spain, during this time they were on the field with the Real Madrid Academy coaches observing the training sessions while interacting with the Madrid coaches on how we can improve the core technical skills of our players.

    Coaching development at Toronto Skillz combines formal coaching licenses together with providing the opportunities for our coaches to work with some of the best international youth coaches.

  • Toronto Skillz in Madrid – August 2014


    In late August, several players ranging in age from ten years to nineteen years travelled to Madrid, Spain along with supporters and Coaches Jake Doodnath, Leslie Fitzpatrick and Galvin Binda. While there, players trained under the guidance of Real Madrid Academy coaches; played three games; did some sightseeing in Madrid and the World Heritage City of Toledo; experienced the culture of Madrid and strengthened existing friendships as well as making new friends.

    Players completed four training sessions at the spectacular Real Madrid City where Real Madrid teams train. They played three games against Cobeja C.F. in Cobeja, Movilla C.F. at the Spanish Football Federation and Vallecas C.F. in Vallecano. Our U13 team, still fighting remnants of jetlag and high temperatures dominated their first game although they lost their 3-2 . They then won the remaining two games 1-0 and 4-1. The older team was undefeated, winning 3-1 and 3-0 and drawing the final game 2-2. The coaches in Spain were very impressed by the superior technical and tactical ability of our players.

    When not training or playing, players experienced the many sights and sounds of Madrid and Toledo. Of most importance to them were the tours of the Spanish Football Federation museum and of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, as well as attending the first Real Madrid match of the 2014-2015 La Liga season against Cordoba. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo duly obliged and scored a goal for them.

    The players, coaches and supporters all enjoyed the trip immensely. Special thanks must be extended to the amazing guides/hosts (Pete Kelly, Diego Lozano and Guillermo Gallego) who took care of everyone and their needs. This trip has left many players and supporters wondering where the next trip will lead them.