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Ontario Soccer Association – 18 practice videos will be released to OSA membership over the next six months

Vaughan, Ontario – The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) and HUB International are proud to present the release of a new Grassroots Practice Series, which will assist coaches from across the province in developing our athletes.

The video series, which will release new practices every month for players ages 4-12, aims to make the game more enjoyable while building off of the Preferred Training Model for young players.

“This series of activities stresses the importance of the Psychological, Technical, Physical and Social aspects of the game. These exercises should be delivered within the OSA’s Player Development model,” Bobby Lennox, OSA Manager of Player Development said. “These practices will help coaches plan their sessions and challenge our players in fun, engaging, age appropriate environments.”

The series includes practices for the Active Start, Fundamentals and Learn to Train age groups. Each video will be accompanied with a PDF version of the practice, which coaches can then print off and take with them.

“Entrepreneurship is one of HUB’s values. We want to encourage innovation and this practice series represents that for Ontario soccer,” Gerry De Lauro, HUB International Senior Vice-President said. “We’re thrilled to be part of this initiative and look forward to seeing the value that the OSA membership receives from this series.”

This series represents an evolution in the exposure that the OSA is now offering to its partners.

“As we seek to find new ways for our partners to connect with the Ontario soccer community, we’re exploring an ever-expanding range of platforms,” Bjorn Osieck, OSA Director of Business Operations said. “This series, and others initiatives like it, provide a great opportunity for those looking to go beyond traditional partnerships and really reach down into our community.”

Please find the first three in the series of 18 Grassroots Practice Series on the OSA website.  

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Media Contact

Ben Rycroft | Ontario Soccer Association Communications Manager | 905-254-9390 ext. 255 | Email: brycroft@soccer.on.ca 

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About the Ontario Soccer Association:

Founded in 1901, The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada. Its members include more than 650 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials. The OSA develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. The OSA also operates League1 Ontario, a provincial professional-amateur men’s and women’s league as well as the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).

About HUB International

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services from offices located throughout North America.  For more information, please visit hubinternational.com