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EVAN ZIZEK COMMITS TO ERSKINE COLLEGE

Evan Zizek makes commitment to Erskine College

Today is a very special day for our soccer academy. Our Senior Academy Goalkeeper Evan Zizek has made his commitment to attend Erskine College on Scholarship in South Carolina and play for the soccer team under the leadership of Head Coach Warren Turner in the Conference Carolinas that is ranked as one of the best conferences in College Soccer.

www.erskine.edu

Evan has been with our academy for a number of years and we all have seen him grow into the Goalkeeper and Young Man we envisioned.  A big thank you to our Goalkeeper Coach Roberto Carranza who is an excellent Coach and both him and Evan bonded and their working together and working hard made for this day.

Erskine is a most beautiful University, well respected academically as well a very good soccer program. It is a wonderful opportunity for our player and also for the University and their team.

I would like to congratulate Evan, congratulate his Mom and Dad and Family who were behind Evan every step of the way and on behalf of our soccer academy and myself personally we wish Evan the very best as he enters into the next chapter of his journey.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director
Winstars Soccer Academy
www.winstarssoccer.com
905-265-1285  

  

 

Spencer Wright will attend and play soccer at UBC

Earlier this week, I received a message from Spencer advising me he will attend University of British Columbia and play for the UBC Thunderbirds.

This is fantastic news and Spencer has earned this wonderful opportunity.

Spencer has been an excellent player in our soccer academy and has been one of our Team Captains, he also excelled with his academics.

www.ubc.edu

www.gothunderbirds.ca/sports/mens-soccer

Spencer will study at one of the best Universities in Canada as well as play for Coach Mike Mosher who has built a most successful soccer program. Certainly one of the best in Canada.

All of us at our soccer academy are very happy for Spencer and his Family and wish him the very best as he enters into the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director
www.winstarssoccer.com

 

Daniel Festa - MBA from Wharton School of Business

Daniel Festa – Graduated with his MBA from the Wharton School of Business – University of Pennsylvania

This past weekend was very special for Daniel Festa and his Family. I am very proud of this young man knowing him from being Technical Director of Woodbridge Soccer Club, Daniel was part of our U12 Team that was special. He joined our academy and was with us for 4 years and went on Scholarship to Manhattan College in New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business.

Daniel was a leader from the start and what is most important is that there is life after soccer and for one of our players to graduate from the best Business School in the World with an MBA is big time and I know his future will be really bright.

Last year we were on our summer tour and I called and asked Daniel if he would give us a tour of UPENN and he was there to help and as I walked behind the group, I was thinking that Daniel had the tour 6 years earlier on our summer tour that he came on as a player.  At that moment I had a wee tear in my eye as I was and am so proud.

For Parents out there and want their Sons to be a Professional Player, MBA at Wharton is like signing in the EPL with Liverpool or Manchester City/United. Academics are more important than soccer and even if you become a pro player if you have a good career you will retire at 30 and you still have 35 years to work.

All of us at the Academy congratulate Daniel and wish him only the very best and congratulate Lisa and Frank who I know this must have been a very special day.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director  

May 13 – Announcement

We are really excited to announce that our academy has partnered with First Touch Football who are now our official Digital Media Partner. Looking forward to building up our social media platforms.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

 

 

Giving Back - Asking for Support from Our Soccer Family

Asking all our Friends and Families, Players - Past-Present and Future to make a donation to our academy as we go thru the next couple of months of uncertainty.

We are a small and elite academy that has touched many lives and building a legacy - not just on the field but in those places that most people will never see. You can e-transfer to winstarssoccer@bellnet.ca or by credit card , you will get a receipt for tax purposes.

We now have helped 158 players from our academy go on scholarship and over 500 in total and all are posted on our website.

Really appreciate your help in any way so I can continue to help more players. Giving back is much appreciated.

Help Future Kids reach their dreams.

For our 2020 Class dreams are delayed but not denied.

Thanks,

Bobby Graham - Academy Director

Donations

 

Winners Take control by Robin Van Persie

 

 

Luka Signs with NCAA Division 1 Bryant University

Luka Grubisa – Center Midfielder | Thornhill, Ontario | Bill Crothers Secondary School
Throughout his soccer career, Grubisa was invited to play with Genoa, Paris St. Germain, and AFC Bournemouth... He played in a couple of friendly matches with Benevento Calcio U19 and was invited to train with Toronto FC U19... Most recently Grubisa played for Bobby Graham at the Winstars Soccer Academy in Toronto, Canada... Grubisa said, "I wouldn't be at Bryant without Bobby's help and guidance... and I am grateful for all of his efforts."

Personal: Son of Tamara and Damir Grubisa… has one sister.

Purcell on Grubisa: Luka finds his way to Bryant via the Winstars Soccer Academy in Toronto, Canada and under the direction of Bobby Graham. One of the finest academies in all of Canada, Winstars has also produced current standout and team captain, Ben Williams. We know Luka comes to us having great coaching and guidance and we expect him to be an instant impact within our program. His ability to drive at the defensive backline and test the keeper from the range with driven shots will pose a threat to any team. Luka is a technical player who performs very well under pressure and will help us maintain possession while building in the attack.

 

Testimonial – From Tony Taylor – Former National Coach of Canada
and Youth National Coach of Canada – Former Professional Footballer

Bobby Graham: Winstars Soccer Academy
I’ve known Bobby Graham, Coach of the Winstars Soccer Academy for many years, ever since he began coaching with Oakville Soccer Club. He has always been dedicated to coaching youth players and forever trying to upgrade his coaching knowledge. His club teams were always successful, but the one aspect that for me stood out, was the character of the boys Bobby selected to play for him.

As Provincial and then National Youth Coach I made it a point to watch Bobby’s team play when scouting for players for the Provincial and National Teams. I believed that although Bobby was a winning coach he also cared about his player’s future and was very aware of the limited options open for young Canadian players. To this end Bobby made scholarship showcasing part of his club program and over the years has built up a strong network of College Coaches.

Several years ago, Bobby has taken the Scholarship Program to a higher level and opened The Winstars Soccer Academy. Because of this Bobby has helped many young Canadians to secure scholarships to top American Colleges.

I would like to wish Bobby continued success as I truly believe that the welfare and future success of his players is very important to him.

Sincerely, Tony Taylor

Two of our Oakville Winstars played for Tony when he was Canadian National Youth Coach. David Clemente – Goalkeeper who went on scholarship to UAB – Alabama at Birmingham and Paolo DiPietrantoni who went on to play at Virginia Tech. Tony grew up in the Glasgow Celtic FC youth program and went on to play professional in Scotland and England, notably Crystal Palace. He was an excellent Coach and I highly respect him and learned much from him.

 

Paolo Pacione – Living the Dream with Club America in Mexico

It was great to hear from Paolo Pacione who was a Winstars Coach and now with Club America in Mexico. He is living the dream and shows all of us that dreams can come true if you believe in your dreams.  I knew he was special when he was working with our players and he had the same passion and love for the game that I have.  Paolo lives in Mexico with his beautiful Family.  I am real proud of him and his accomplishments.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

Paolo Pacione – Living the Dream with Club America in Mexico

Subject: Hola Bobby from Mexico!

Hi Bobby!

It's been a while since we caught up!

Things here in Mexico are great.  From the time I arrived here for our pre season camp preparing for Concacaf Champions League in 2015 with Montreal I knew I would live here one day.  Ironically enough I live less than a 1km from that hotel we were staying at all that time in 2015. 

Actually I was offered to join America in late 2015 but I had to refuse since I gave my word to Alessandro Nesta that I would join him in Miami.  I knew that was I was giving up an excellent opportunity but I am a man of my word.  Thankfully they were very respectful of my values and remained in touch. 

I couldn't have been happier and luckier that when the timing was right in the summer of 2018 they asked if I would make my way down to see them.  I didn't hesitate this time that is for sure.  

It will be almost 2 years working in this amazing institution with so much history and success.  It is a great honour for me to wear these colours and represent this club.  I am the Coordinator for Performance whereby I am developing the performance training and monitoring methodology of the club throughout the all the categories.  My main responsibility is with all the teams from U20 to U12 including the Women's team.  I support the first team, scouting department and even the soccer schools as well.  I have a big task and they have given me lots of support and faith.

I have developed a great relationship with the Mexican Federation and the Leagues Innovation Department.  It is humbling and satisfying that they call upon my expertise and recognize the strides I have made in our club.


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If you remember we played America in that exciting final.  My daughter was born the day of the second leg at 4:07 and I made it to the stadium by 6pm.  I didn't miss either of the two most important moments in my life.  We know how the story ended in that final.  Everyday I walk pass the trophy that we were so close to capturing.  I get filled with so much emotion to this day seeing it but also filled with pride and excitement to be here part of this club.  How do we say back home.  If you can't beat them... Join them!   

I always reflect on my time I have spent now working in 4 different countries.  I think about those nights at the Soccer Centre.  I remember vividly my time with Winstars, the support you gave me.  I was able to express myself as a professional every day.  The thing that most people fail to realize is that they think their approach changes as they go higher on the ladder of level in football.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  To this day I have the same energy, passion, commitment that I put into my day here at Club America, just as I was doing back at the Winstars or anywhere else I worked.  The players have the same desires, dreams... and so do the coaches.  Bobby it was fun during those times and we worked harder and harder to give the players the best to our abilities and in turn I became the best version of myself.

Here I have a large staff that integrate to my team. Fitness Coaches, Doctors, Therapists, Analysts, Nutritionist, Psychologist...And those lessons in leadership from back then are proving successful.  I had to integrate, create synergies with departments that didn't function as a whole and as a foreigner who didn't speak the language at the time was definitely a challenge but not an impossible task.  One thing we always focused on at the Winstars was the person, what are their goals, what are their abilities, what are their characteristics and we always seek to maximize them.  What I tell my staff here and it's no different than with the players as with my approach with our Winstar players: I want to them to be better versions of themselves every day!

Bobby Thank You Again, every step in my career you have always been supportive.  I wish you the best in these crazy times. Soon enough we will back on the field and enjoy what we love most. Football.

Ciao!

Paolo Pacione

 

 

Winstars Soccer Academy Partners with Soccer-Profile

During this difficult time of uncertainty with the CV Pandemic we have partnered with Sports-Profile for our academy players to enable to utilize this platform developed by Professionals for our Elite Soccer Players and Athletes and will help our program to keep ahead of the rest and strive for our program to continue to be the best academy in Canada.

Our soccer academy have signed up all of our Players and Staff with Soccer Profile which is the ultimate training and metrics platform. It is an interactive platform that evaluates and tracks the long term development of every player and team within our academy. It allows our Coaches to manage specific areas of our teams and individual players in need of improvement and track each players progress with start of the art tools designed by professionals.


www.soccer-profile.com

Soccer profile enables our players to take ownership of their long term development and encourages individual skill practice away from the training ground.

Technical Assessments
Soccer Profile has developed four match-realistic technical assessments consisting of multiple levels of difficulty aimed at challenging the player through their long term development. These age-specific assessments have been developed by highly qualified professional coaches and tested against elite level academy and professional soccer players at English Premier League clubs.

Physical Assessments
Guided by the advice and expertise of former Liverpool FC Head of Fitness and Conditioning and former Swansea City FC Head of Sports Science, Ryland Morgans and Jonathan Northeast, Soccer Profile have developed four physical assessments. Each assessment closely mirrors soccer movement patterns and stresses different energy systems and types of muscular contractions that are all game related.

JPL Promo - Birmingham City

 

 


 

Congratulations Angelo Zografos – Signs with St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is a very special day, a day for a special player Angelo Zografos, to announce that Angelo has agreed to a scholarship at prestigious St. Thomas Aquinas College, a very well respected University in New York.  Angelo will play NCAA Collegiate Soccer for the Spartans in the East Coast Conference  under the leadership of Head Coach Graham Brown.

Angelo is a special player who has earned this opportunity and has worked so hard for this dream that he wanted to come true. He has been our Captain for the past year and never misses training, works hard from the start of training until the end. He earned this opportunity and deserves this great chance to show that he can impact at the NCAA Collegiate Level. 

I would like to thank Coach Graham Brown for making this happen and I know Angelo will be in good hands as Coach Brown is a friend and is very much respected in the Collegiate Game in the USA as well as a personal friend of mine.

I would like to congratulate Angelo as he enters the next chapter of his life and I would like to congratulate his Parents – Dad George and Mom Litsa as well as his older brother. They were all supportive of Angelo from the Start.  I would like wish Angelo all the very best from all his teammates and coaches and staff at our soccer academy that are proud to have him as a teammate.  We know Angelo will represent our academy with class when he puts on his University Jersey and he will always be a Winstars Player.

Sincerely, Bobby Graham
Academy Director
Winstars Soccer Academy 

www.stac.edu


 

 

Winstars Update - April 1, 2020


I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Over the past few weeks, all of our lives have been impacted by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and there is a great deal of uncertainty about the upcoming weeks and months.

As the situation continues to evolve, we are continuing to find the best way to serve our academy player’s needs. I am the still working on getting our 2020 graduates scholarships as well our 2021 academy graduates scholarships and I encourage you all both players and parents to access our online service Sports Recruits that is a great source to help you with 24 hour access and customer service that the academy has paid for.  We are on a 6 month payment plan so families on monthly payment our academy still expects payment for this upcoming month.

www.sportsrecruits.com

We hope to be back at the beginning of May and we will be training 4 times per week at Concord Field – the grass field where we have always trained at for the past number of years. We will train Tuesday and Thursday from 9pm – 10:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm.
Every Second week, we will have a competitive game scheduled for our Senior Academy as well as a game for our Junior Academy.

We really have been blessed as we were able to get in our Dallas Showcase that was a success and I can work full time to make sure we get our 2020 academy graduates done.  I am available 905-265-1285 around the clock to help our graduates and if we all work together it will get done.

I look forward to getting back on the soccer field ASAP however all of our lives are more important and it is important that we all stay home and for all of our players, it is a time you can train on your own as well you can watch games and be a student of the game.  I also remind that players who plan to go to University in the USA in August have to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse as well starting tomorrow you can register with NCAA to complete the Amateurism questionnaire.  I encourage everyone to update their profile not only on Sports Recruits but also send to me so I can get it updated on our website.

Stay Safe and you all can reach me at 905-265-1285 and 647-745-8864 cellular. I have all the phones going to my home so I can be reached 24/7

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director   

 

 

Video of Centre Circle Minute of Applause and remembrance of Scott Dymond


FC named the showcase tournament after Scott Dymond and our academy team and the FC Dallas Team Scott coached formed a minute of applause and remembrance. In attendance was Scott Mom and Dad and Sister and one of his Daughter. Our Academy presented them with a Brampton Youth Jersey each as that is the Club where it all began for Scott.

 

Pilada Italian Restaurant Frisco


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Dr. Lukasz Kwapisz explains the best ways to clean your clothes and commonly touched surfaces to help halt the spread of COVID-19

How long does it live on surfaces? On your clothes? What to do about your phone? and what’s the atmosphere like in the hospital

UAB GRADUATE AND NCAA D1 PLAYER AND CONFERENCE USA
RECEIPIENT POST GRADUATE DEGREE FOR HIS ACADEMICS

17 year old me dreamed of being a professional soccer player... that dream evolved over the years and what a crazy adventure it has taken me on ever since. From doctor at the Mayo Clinic to now being in the largest medical center in the world - who would have thought the journey started in a small town in Poland... Jer 29:11 always #NeverStopDreaming #TheMarathonContinues🏁 (maybe should have tried to be a Backstreet Boy instead 🤷🏻)

Note from Coach Graham

My past player who dreamed of playing for his favorite team AC Milan when I Coached him as a teenager and he settled to earn a degree at UAB and play NCAA Division 1 soccer at University of Alabama at Birmingham who has an amazing medical school and I have had 21 players earn a degree and play for Coach Mike Getman at UAB. Out of the medical school – one is a Doctor and one is a Dentist.

Lukasz was a fantastic player and always first at training, coming all the way from Oshawa and could tell he loved the game. He scored against FC Solar of Dallas in the Super Group of the Dallas Cup for our Team to win 2-1 and Solar was one of the best teams in the USA at the time.

As he says above from a small town in Poland to becoming a Doctor and Specialist at the largest and best medical center in the World – The Mayo Clinic is amazing and to see him on the today show yesterday talking about the virus that is affecting the World and how he is working hard everyday to save patients’ lives.

Really proud of this young man and dreams do come true if you believe in your dreams.

 

UAB Upsets #1 SMU, 2-1
January 29, 2006

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The UAB men‚s soccer team stunned top-ranked and previously unbeaten SMU, 2-1, here Wednesday evening on senior night. Senior Lukasz Kwapisz and sophomore Trey Gregory each tallied goals in the UAB victory, which marked the fourth ranked team the Blazers have beaten this season.

“Anytime you beat the #1 team in the nation it is a pretty big win,” UAB head coach Mike Getman said. “We are the first team to beat them this year so that makes it a pretty big win.

The Blazers pulled off the upset in front of what is believed to be a record crowd of 2,755 fans at West Campus field.

“The crowd was terrific tonight,” Getman said. “They gave us a lot of energy and support and it was great to see the stands filled for this game. I know our players, especially the seniors, appreciated it.”

The Blazers wasted no time getting on the board. After missing several good scoring opportunities in the opening 10 minutes of the contest, UAB’s persistence paid off in 13th minute. Junior Joe Klosterman cleared a ball from the UAB penalty box that sailed over SMU’s back line and on to the foot of a streaking Kwapisz. The Oshawa, Ontario native then outraced the Mustang defenders and deposited a shot into the left netting to give his team an early one-goal lead.

 Testimonial from Lukasz Kwapisz

First and foremost, I would like to thank you not only as a player but as a person. You have been a constant help, support-figure, and a man to admire. Your commitment is unquestionable. You are a modern advocate for amateur sports in Canada and all of your hard-work and dedication has impacted on a vast amount of youth. Your level of expertise is only matched by the relationships that you form with your players.

It has been a pleasure to know you personally, I have always been fond of your coaching and passion for the game. Those qualities are hard to come-by and a real testament to the person you are within.

Coach Graham, or Bob, as we the players knew him was the technical director at our club. Soon he became our coach, and the championships started rolling in. He not only pushed us to greater limits, but also expanded our horizons when it came to our futures. When we embarked to Dallas in 2003, a lot of our dreams came true. Even though we didn't win the tournament (our only loss came to Tigres the eventual winners), we certainly grew as a team and a lot of us received athletic-scholarships to many schools in the United States.

My future has been shaped and improved by this man, I will forever be in debt with gratitude to you Coach Graham. I hope one day, that we, as all your past players will be able to make you proud, and be a reflection of the man who you taught us to be.

Respectfully,

Lukasz Kwapisz

Lukasz with Dejan Jakovic, one is a professional player with LA FC and one is a Doctor of the Mayo Clinic

 

FC Dallas Tournament March 7-8 2020

Saturday March 7
Winstars Soccer Academy vs. Solar FC, Dallas Texas
https://vimeo.com/398569482

Saturday March 7
Winstars Soccer Academy vs. FC Dallas
https://vimeo.com/398584603

Sunday March 8
Winstars Soccer Academy vs. Ayces SC Dallas
https://vimeo.com/398577278


See Winstars FC Dallas games here:

Winstars vs Sporting BV - See Video here

Winstars vs FC Dallas Youth - See Video here

Winstars vs TOCA FC - See Video here

 

Winstars Update on COVID-19

Dear Winstars Families,
 As you are aware, we have been monitoring and responding to matters related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as they continue to evolve. Our priority remains the safety of our Winstars academy community, and as such, we would like to update you regarding preventative measures taken to ensure the well-being of the entire academy:

The following are new measures taken to ensure the well-being of the entire Winstars Soccer Academy:
- We will suspend all academy activities this weekend
- As conditions still continue to evolve, we will re-evaluate our steps and take the necessary precautions on Monday, 3/16/2020. Please be assured you will continue to be notified as the need arises.

Sincerely,
Bobby Graham
Winstars Soccer Academy Director

 

 

Announcement – Luka Grubisa signs with NCAA Division 1 Bryant University

Today is a great day for our academy player Luka Grubisa as this past week he has signed the letter of intent to attend prestigious Bryant University in beautiful Rhode Island where he will study Business and he will play for the Bryant University Bulldogs who play in the North East Conference of NCAA Division 1. Luka will play under the leadership of head coach Seamus Purcell and with our past academy player Ben Williams who has been amazing at Bryant University and has just been chosen Captain of his Team going into the third year.

I would like to personally congratulate Luka on this excellent scholarship. He is a fantastic soccer player, exciting and creative and smart vision and just loves the game, as well he is an excellent student and very proficient academically and will have a very good future at Bryant both on the soccer field and in the classroom. Bryant has an excellent Business School and is World recognized.

I would like to congratulate Luka parents who have been behind him every step of the way and he is the person he is because of their leadership and the way they brought him up. I would like to thank Seamus Purcell the head coach at Bryant for believing in our soccer program and our recommendations and for providing Luka an excellent scholarship as well as a fantastic opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 College Soccer and get a fine education at the same time.

I would also like to thank our Coaches and Luka academy teammates as they played a big role in this day and also all the people who will share this special occasion and who have played a part in Luka becoming the person and player that he is today. It is a special day for everyone who knows Luka and his family to be very happy.

On behalf of all of us at Winstars, we wish Luka only the very best as he enters into the next chapter of his life and academic and soccer journey. All of us are really proud of you.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director




Winstars Academy Showcase Dec 19 & 20, 2019



 

Winstars Academy Showcase Dec 19 & 20, 2019 - Game Videos



 

 

Winstars Academy Senior Team

Winstars Academy Junior Team

Click on the above team pictures to enlarge

 

University is not a 4 year investment – it is a 40 year investment


Dr. Lukasz Kwapisz, now has added two more specializations, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He works at the Mayo Clinic in Texas and will come and see us play in Dallas when we are there real soon. One of the very rewarding part of my wee job is to have stories like this continue and are real. 

Lukasz received his full scholarship at UAB – Alabama at Birmingham – NCAA D1 , it has a very good medical school and that is why we chose it. After completing his 4 years, Lukasz earned a post graduate Degree paid for by Conference USA as he was the Conference Scholar Athlete.

You see in the picture besides teammate Dejan Jakovic, who has made his career as a professional soccer player and continues to live the dream with MLS LA FC.

This is like stuff for the movies, however it is real, now I have so many former players in all occupations in life. We are real and no program or Coach has had this kind of success in Canada and it just keeps continuing. What more could we want for our Kids !

Real proud of Lukasz and Dejan, great memories

Bobby Graham – Academy Director    

Testimonial from Lukasz Kwapisz

First and foremost, I would like to thank you not only as a player but as a person. You have been a constant help, support-figure, and a man to admire.

Your commitment is unquestionable. You are a modern advocate for amateur sports in Canada and all of your hard-work and dedication has impacted on a vast amount of youth. Your level of expertise is only matched by the relationships that you form with your players.

It has been a pleasure to know you personally, I have always been fond of your coaching and passion for the game. Those qualities are hard to come-by and a real testament to the person you are within.

Coach Graham, or Bob, as we the players knew him was the technical director at our club. Soon he became our coach, and the championships started rolling in. He not only pushed us to greater limits, but also expanded our horizons when it came to our futures.

When we embarked to Dallas in 2003, a lot of our dreams have come true. Even though we didn't win the tournament (our only loss came to Tigres the eventual winners), we certainly grew as a team and a lot of us received athletic-scholarships to many schools in the United States.

My future has been shaped and improved by this man, I will forever be in debt with gratitude to you Coach Graham. I hope one day, that we, as all your past players will be able to make you proud, and be a reflection of the man who you taught us to be.

Respectfully,
Lukasz Kwapisz
Your Player


 


On Friday evenings – we train at Vaughan Sportsplex II

8301 Keele St, Vaughan   

 

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On Saturday and Sunday – we train at Trio Sportsplex

601 Cityview Boulevard

 

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OUR ANNUAL SHOWCASE - Thursday December 19 & Friday December 20, 2019

 

 

Winstars Player Profile Program

(Click Above)

Download Showcase 2019 Letter and Forms:

Game Sheet
Team Roster – for College Coaches
Letter for School

 

Video – taping of all matches for Teams Participating

Greg Riccio Jr.
Creative Director and Producer
International Productions
905.264.1996 (OFFICE)
647.273.1996 (CELL)

Download Order Form Here


Testimonial by our former Academy player Ethan Vigario – now on Full Scholarship at St. Francis University – Ft. Wayne

Hello, I am Ethan Vigario, a former player of Bobby Graham. What I have to say is straight forward, easy to comprehend and to the point. If you are looking to get to a college on scholarship and if it is a serious dream / goal of yours then I recommend going nowhere else other than Winstars.

Not only does Bobby and all the coaching staff provide a professional training environment for significant development, but they also treat you like they son. It is a family like no other and definitely stands out from the rest. Bobby likes great footballers, but also great people and that's why you don't see 1000 kids in his academy, you only see. Around 40. This is because to him it isn't about the money, he cares about you and your future.

I hope you end up taking up this opportunity, regardless of how far or close you live. I traveled 2 hours to get to training and Bobby and the academy made it more than worth it.

Ethan Vigario.
Former Player of Coach Graham

 

Jopin Winstars

 

17th Annual PDA Boys College Showcase 2019


 

 

 

We have partnered with Sports Recruits and signed another two year contract till 2021


Happy to announce that we have partnered with Sports Recruits and real excited about this initiative as our academy is a Players first Academy and with SR we can work to become the best Academy in Canada for the Serious and Gifted Soccer Players who want to get to the next level.

 

https://sportsrecruits.com/insights

How To Use Messaging System (Athletes/ Staff)
Building Your Athlete Profile  (Athletes)
 Using Advanced School Search (Athletes/Staff) 
What Staff Members Have Access To (Staff)
The Activity Feed (Staff)
Account Activation (Staff/Admin)
Highlight Reel Editor (Athletes)

I encourage all Families to use this platform as it really is a special help for our academy players and families and being serious about you and your Son getting to the next level, we need all the help to make this happen and Sports Recruits is an amazing platform to help our players and families and all the costs are looked after by our soccer academy.

This is an exciting time for our academy players and looking forward to many athletic scholarships with this group !

Bobby Graham
Academy Director
www.winstarssoccer.com
905-265-1285  

 

 

Champions continue to be made at the our Soccer Academy

 

MARIO KLOSE - PROFESSIONAL AND DETERMINED

 

Mario Klose
Click on picture for video

Getting your Priorities Right in Football – Mario Klose – only thing that mattered to him was Football

Became Legend of Bayern Munich and German National Team – World Cup Top Scorer with 16 Goals

Only thing that mattered to him was Football in the purest terms.

Talks about helping the trainer and picking up the balls, like our boys, picking up bibs and balls and water bottles.

If you are not prepared to help with the discipline to do this how can we trust you to do an assignment on the soccer field.

It is all focus and discipline and attitude and attention to detail.

Follow Winstars Summer Tour 2019 with Pictures

 

OUR GOALKEEPING PROGRAM IS SHININING - WE HAVE A GREAT GOALKKEPER COACH

Our Goalkeeping Program – Led by Roberto Carranza

Our Goalkeeping Program is first class and led by a fantastic Goalkeeper Coach Roberto Carranza. Having been Coaching now for many years, Roberto is excellent, very organized, attention to detail, every session is different and has a purpose, great at progression in training. Proven track record as his work is showing in leaps and bounds.  Jas Dhaliwal is now playing amazing at Rogers State University, Evan Zizek will be an impact goalkeeper one year from now and his work is showing as he has been a standout for us at recent matches vs. two NCAA D1 Teams as well as FC Dallas Showcase and PDA Showcase.  Two of our other goalkeepers Bernardo Alvarado and Matthew Dadd are moving on to the Collegiate Level.

We now have 4 Goalkeepers in our academy program and they are all doing so well. Evan Zizek, Alessandro Manno, Tony Blunt and Arshdeep Virk

Goalkeepers are the most important player on the field and at our academy we have the best Goalkeeper Coach in Canada Roberto Carranza who specializes and trains our goalkeepers three times a week. We invest much time and effort and finances into our goalkeepers and with Roberto at the helm we have had much success and the future looks so bright for our Goalkeepers of the Future !

 

Past Goalkeepers Coached by Academy Director Bobby Graham

1.  Peter Pappas Philadelphia University and Professional with Philadelphia Kixx
2.  Loukas Papaconstantinou University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Now a Dentist
3. Jaro Zawislan – Clemson University - Former Head Coach at Cornell University – Men’s Team
4. Thomas Zawislan – Creighton University
5.  David Clemente – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
6.  Raj Wakhale – Hartwick College
7.  Melford (Junior James) – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) / Univ of Montevallo
8.  Robert Marinaro – Clemson Univ – Now Head Coach of Kent State University (Women’s Team)
9.  Rasih Pala – Northern Illinois University
10. Jay Mason – University of the Incarnate World - Now Head Coach of Cal Poly (Women’s Team)
11. Phillip Cavicchia – Appalachian State University
12. Chris Skelton – Niagara University
13. Dennis Kramer – Southern Polytechnic State University
14. Jamie Englefield – Winthrop University
15. Domenic Spedaliere – Eckerd University
16. Spyros Sergiotis – Wilmington University
17. Adriano Debreau – Western Michigan University
18. Matthew Zaikos – Urbana University
19. Zachery Zeke – Adrian University
20. Jordan Sedhi – Seton Hill University
21. Christian Brunet – Lewis University
22. Nicholas Luciani – Culver Stockton University
23. Karman Saini – Swedish First Division Husqvarna FF
24. Jas Dhaliwal – Rogers State University
25. Matthew Dadd – Rowan College
26. Bernardo Alvarado – Monroe CC. University of New York







Bobby Graham - Academy Director – 905–265–1285
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Winstars Practice at JMU

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Game vs. Woodbridge SC on Sunday October 28th

Game vs Woodbridge SC - Sunday October 28, 2018

 


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CONDITIONING 2018 - WINSTARS SOCCER ACADEMY


EXCELLENCE  IN ACADEMY SOCCER

The goal of your own training program is to assist you to get the most of your athletic ability so you can succeed on the soccer field. Improving your Strenghth and Endurance are the foundation for training and competing at the Elite level. Your dedication will be easily noted with your progress in our fitness testing, fitness training and team training sessions. The length of your training sessions will depend on how carefully you follow the work to rest ratio and your specific volume of training program.

This year is a big year for many of you with goals in mind of playing soccer at the highest level NCAA Division 1 / Professional Soccer

When we are on the tour, always have a bottle of water with you at all times.

Components of program

Warm-up (1) commit yourself to quality and effective warmup (2) The intensity and technique should be optimal to prepare you both physiologically and psychologically for your workout.

Speed development – (1) Technique is a priority, learn it and do it well. (2) Each of the exercises needs to be done with as much speed an explosiveness as possible. (3) Ensure enough recovery between repetitions. Do not rush thru the exercises.

Strength Training – (1) following full warmup (2) each exercise performed in the full range of motion. (3) Maintain proper technique and respect tempo assigned. (4) Recovery between sets should be no more than 60 seconds.

Core Training – (1) The abdominal muscles are almost entirely slow-twitch in nature. This means they respond very well to slow and controlled movements.

Aerobic training – Aim to have the times of the intervals consistent. You will get the greatest benefit if you keep your pace strong and under control. Try and get faster towards the end of the workout. *** Remember it is not where you start but where you finish ***

Cool Down – 5 minute easy jog. Perform Static stretches for each muscle group, hold position for 10-15 seconds. The stretch should feel like a slight tug and should not be painful.

RECOVERY / REGENERATION

The role which recovering your body over a tough pre-season cannot be underestimated. The Example weekly layouts all prescribe recovery sessions three times per week. This is a minimum expectation. You should be recovering after every session, every day. As much as many dislike certain aspects of recovery because of the discomfort is places you under it cannot be stressed the advantages which are seen when athletes complete correct recovery techniques. The easiest way to look at this is the Ice Bath should be come your best mate for 7-10 minutes each day. Training hard yet failing to recovery, is filing your body in its ability to adapt and improve to the imposed training stimulus.

Below is a list of recovery techniques you can look to implement into your training program:

• Hot / Cold shower - 1min hot, 30sec cold x 3-5 rotations (finishing on cold).
• Ice Bath - 7-10min in water at a temperature of 50-60 degrees
• Pool / Beach - spend time walking around, stretching and relaxing.
• Self-Massage
• Foam Rolling
• Stretching
• Compression garments
• Rehydration and Nutrition

Rehydration:
For each pound lost during exercise, 16 ounces of fluid should be consumed as soon as possible. A combination of water and sports drinks should be used to ensure that electrolytes and glucose (fast-absorbing carbohydrate) are also being ingested. Another strategy for assessing hydration status is to monitor urine color and output.

Replenish:
Carbohydrates and protein are critical for glycogen repletion post-workout. For prolonged intense exercise (aerobic or anaerobic) the best post-exercise carb to protein ratio appears to be 3:1 or 4:1. For resistance (strength-power) workouts a ratio of 2:1 to 3:1 may be more appropriate. *Low-fat chocolate milk is a perfect post-workout choice- it provides the necessary 3-1 (carb-protein) ratio

Repair:
The rapid introduction of carbohydrate, protein (and minimal fat) post-workout allows the body to begin repairing and rebuilding. The timing of protein intake is important and should be eaten every 3-4 hours. Post-workout protein should be consumed immediately (within 30 minutes).

Reduce:
Reducing oxidative damage (minimizing free radical damage) after exercise is also extremely important. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced during the metabolism of oxygen that promote inflammation and cell damage, leading to muscle soreness and delayed recovery short-term, degenerative disease long-term. Antioxidants are effective quenchers of free radicals, so it makes sense that ingesting antioxidants post-exercise would be an important strategy. The most effective antioxidants are Vitamin E and Vitamin C, and a wide variety of other phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Our Current Approach to Physical Preparation of Youth Soccer Players – (Part 2)

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The Physical Preparation of our Academy Players

In Part 1, I outlined the importance of physical preparation in developing soccer players. In part 2, I go into detail about the five elements of our physical preparation program, how they fit into our program, and some interesting case studies.

Step One

The first step in developing a program that would integrate with practice was simple - understand the environment. Every team has rules, expectations, processes ­- aka culture ­- that shape the training environment.

I always listened closely to coaches and players, along with getting to know everyone’s names.

A successful program starts with good relationships between myself, the players, and coaches. While gaining their trust, I would continue experimenting with ways to squeeze in elements of strength, power, speed, and conditioning into the 15-20 minute blocks I am afforded.

Although some things change from a programming standpoint, the goal remains consistent – a well-rounded physical preparation program for developmental soccer players!

Conditioning

In this section, I present the conditioning demands of soccer, how we monitor conditioning levels, and how intensity is viewed within the program.

It doesn’t take someone with a degree in sports science to tell you that conditioning is critically important for soccer. The game itself is a test of conditioning – two 45-minute continuous halves, in which each team is trying to outperform the other.

Preparing for the demands of the game requires more than being able to run for 90 minutes.

Soccer is more than a continuous running sport; it also requires the ability to perform repeat sprints (RSA), separated by intermittent recovery. The length of recovery between high intensity runs changes with match situations, ranging from 20-60 seconds (1,2,6).

Our go-to conditioning test is the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test, developed by soccer physiologist Dr. Jens Bangsbo. Not only is it widely used amongst other academies, it’s also been well researched in soccer players, both professional and youth. A score of >2,320 (stage 58) has been proven beneficial in promoting RSA in elite junior soccer players (age 19) (3).

In our academy, I’d like all players to reach a benchmark of 50. Currently, half of our team has met this benchmark, with a few surpassing 60.

Case Study

Since June, we’ve seen an average increase of 13.1 stages in the Yo-Yo test in the players who are still with us (many 15+ stages!). As a team, we’ve increased the average score from 35.2 to 47.2 (June-February).

Although we’ve had players come and go during that time, the fact is, we are fitter today than we have been in the past.

The Conditioning Continuum(s)

Our soccer practices are two hours (120 minutes) and provide the bulk of conditioning required for soccer players. Most importantly, practice must have both low and high intensity components to prepare for the demands of a match.

The best way to digest the different components of conditioning for a soccer player is to view them on a continuum of intensity.

Using Heart Rate (HR) monitors throughout the indoor season, I’ve been able to confirm that our practices include an appropriate distribution of work in each of the intensity “zones” listed above.

But that doesn’t paint the complete picture.

For most of practice, it is rare that a player reaches close to their top speed, or makes a run over 50 meters with pace.

These gaps at high intensity are where conditioning without a ball fit into the program.

Running without the ball may be a prerequisite for achieving certain high intensity qualities; specifically max speed. Distance covered at high intensities fall within both speed endurance and repeat sprints (with and without ball).

I find it best to view these qualities on a continuum of speed.


Within these 2 continuums, there is surely cross over. As you can see, the speed continuum (Figure 2) exists on the intensity continuum (Figure 1).

Application to Practice

As I stated earlier, practice covers the bulk of conditioning. We are looking to ensure we are training at high intensities, across all qualities of the continuum – with and without the ball. To complement practice, players are advised to run at a low intensity on most non-practice days.

Speed

Below, I explain why speed development is a key component of the program, how we train it, and present a case study.

As made clear in the above section, running is important to soccer performance. Both speed and endurance will lead to better running performance. Speed sessions have been a mainstay of the program since the beginning and there are important 3 reasons for this:

  1. The higher your top speed, the easier it is for you to run at a submaximal speed – leading to improved endurance.
  2. The force and velocity that your body is producing to reach top speeds cannot be matched by any other exercise. That means you are getting more powerful AND faster when sprinting.
  3. You do not reach the speed you will be exposed to in a game enough during practice and small-sided games – which can leave you exposed in a game, both to injury and tactically. We must supplement this type of work in practice to effectively prepare for this component of match play.

 

Speed training is usually done in our Saturday practices, the reason being, they are theoretically well rested since Tuesday’s practice – which is a MUST for speed training.

Currently, we are getting 4-5 high quality sprints per week. I’ve started to use warm ups for speed prep, and finish off the warm up with 2-3 sprints with long periods of rest (2-5 minutes, depending on the distances) – we are experimenting with this 2x/week.

Case Study

With one speed day and resisted acceleration day per week between November and February, we’ve seen improvements in 30m sprint times as high as 0.15-0.29s in some of our players’ sprint times. This is quite impressive in a short block of training that included a holiday break.


Strength

In this portion, we dive into the influence strength has on reducing injuries, power, program structure and general guidelines for soccer players.

Soccer is a physical game, and you must be prepared for it when making the jump to the college game. Beyond the physicality of soccer, a balanced strength program can help to reduce common injuries. The stronger your muscles, tendons and ligaments, the more resilient they are to injury.

“Strength is the mother of all qualities” – Dietmar Schmidtbleicher, German Sports Scientist

It is a fundamental quality of power (Power = Force x Velocity), which underpins many athletic qualities. How powerful you kick a ball is dependent on both the force you strike the ball with strength and speed. 

Whether it is power, speed, or endurance – having a good base of strength is a perquisite. It is critical that we maintain some type strength training in our weekly plans for its injury reduction benefits.

Logistics trump all when it comes to programming.

Being resourceful in programming is important when time and equipment is limited. Strength training is not limited to only lifting weights. For me, it also includes our “ankle strengthening” routine - a series of low amplitude jumps -  and our sprints which are a part of our “hamstring strengthening” routine.

For most of the year, we have trained for 20-30 minutes, one time per week. Our strength program consists of 4-6 exercises in a circuit format that alternate between upper and lower body to allow recovery time between similar exercise groups.

Currently, we are experimenting with non-competing supersets (four exercises total). Using an “every minute on the minute” (EMOM) style program, we are able to rest 2 minutes between upper and lower body exercises – ensuring we are recovering adequately for power and strength work.

My recommendation for any soccer player would be to lift weights 2-3x/week to supplement what we are doing in practice. It is critical that a well thought out lifting program be done to avoid competing soccer demands, injury, and putting on too much muscle leading to loosing speed. 

  • - 4 players got injured this past year in the gym
  • - 4 players have put on too much muscle/weight at points over the year leading to poor performances in the Yo-Yo test and 30m Sprint

 

Power


The following segment outlines the three parts of our power program, insight into a week of jump training, and a case study about an testing tool that has been useful for monitoring lower body injury

. Power training is about moving fast – which is critical to soccer. Our power training program is simple:

  1. 1. Sprints
  2. 2. Jumps
  3. 3. Throws

 

By performing these explosive movements at different loads and speed, we are training to be more powerful. Similar to strength training, performing a balanced power program will help strengthen your muscles, tendons and ligaments, making you more resilient to injury.

Take our jump training for example. Most of the year, we’ve completed extensive-low amplitude skips/hops/jumps one day a week, while complementing intensive-high amplitude jumps (ie. Repeated jumps, tuck jumps, loaded jumps) throughout the week.

Case Study

The ability to produce force rapidly is important for sport, which is why we are looking to quantify it through testing. Of particular importance in young soccer players is the asymmetry between legs – common to many athletes. When this asymmetry gets outside of a tolerable limit, it can lead to overuse injuries.

The Single Leg Hop test (SLH) is an important marker for us. Not only a test of single leg power, but an opportunity to monitor athletes returning from injury, or those who may have a potential risk to developing one.

From November and February’s results, a combined 7 of 8 athletes who had an asymmetry > 5% between legs had either been returning from injury, had an injury at the time of testing, or later developed some sort of pain/injury in the lower body.

In 4 of the 7 cases, athletes picked up lower body injuries following testing.

This SLH is a go-to in our testing battery, serving as an important monitoring tool for our athletes.

 Agility

The below section on agility will define the components agility, why it’s complex, and how we are approaching it with training.

Training “agility” is very elusive, partly due to the many components that are involved, and the lack of transfer to sports performance (See Figure 3).

Within each component exists further subcomponents. For example, within change of direction, we must consider an athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate, co-ordinate their limbs, change their center of gravity, etc. 

Making matters more complicated, each athlete has a unique agility skillset - often specific to their position. For example, midfielders who are often in the “right place” to receive the ball have strong decision making and visual processing skills which make their style of play seem effortless (ie. Iniesta). On the other hand, defenders require strength to win challenges and the ability to anticipate, and change direction based on an attacker’s play (ie. Sergio Ramos).

Sport is chaotic, and ultimately, your ability to succeed depends on your ability to read and react to the game.

The good news is that soccer practice allows players to work on these skills, in a sport specific context. Without sporting context (i.e.. use of the ball, positional tactics, game objectives) there is hardly any transfer of the critical skills required to read and react to the game.


So, what are we currently doing for agility?

Simply put, we focus mainly on change of direction.

As is the theme with this article, we must physically prepare for the demands of the game. Most injuries occur during changes of direction (deceleration, landing, cutting) – so we must allow our players to build proficiency and strength in these positions.

Throughout the year, we have used the end of warm ups as a time to introduce and work on different movement skills (i.e.. cutting, shuffling, landing, accelerating, decelerating etc.). Adding another layer on top, we may add visual/decision making stimuli by performing partner reactive drills, or position specific tasks (i.e.. defenders react to attackers change of directions).

Putting it Together

This article is the result of over 100 sessions with the Winstars this past year. It represents our current approach to physical preparation, and will surely evolve as time passes. I hope it provides context to our program, and the current thought process behind it.

For more information about Coach Joe and to learn more, visit joevecchione.com. 

 

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Our Current Approach to Physical Preparation of Youth Soccer Players – (Part 1)

By: Joe Vecchione

With over 100 training sessions in the books with the Winstars, I’ve been inspired to write this two part series sharing our current approach towards the physical preparation of our academy players – for college coaches, parents, and more importantly – our players. As a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) coach, my role is to physically prepare athlete’s for the demands of their sport, with the goal of improving performance and reducing injuries.

Training for sport is completely different than what you’d find in a commercial gym – AND on TV when you see athletes training.

Sport science has helped us push the limits of performance, which have shifted the culture of physical preparation in various sports – particularly in soccer. Many professional teams in Europe’s top leagues employ half a dozen people like myself to take care of their first team. Today’s modern soccer player must be physically fit to compete at the highest levels.

Simply put, physical preparation is important.

Which is why we’ve worked towards incorporating elements of S&C into each practice over the course of a week. Being at every practice over the last 12 months presented the opportunity to always be working on the physical development of our players.

It’s also brought a heightened level of professionalism to our approach – with S&C being commonplace in professional academies around the world.

When developing young soccer players who are pursuing college scholarships, the importance of their physical development cannot be understated. Although a bias perspective (since I am a S&C coach), top coaches understand it’s importance in developing high performance athletes.

Particularly those who are recruiting players for the next level in College.

Don’t believe me? We had a D1 coach come up to recruit a few months back, and he told me “There are a lot of programs that feel if a player has the physical traits, they can bring up their technical and tactical skills. The college game is so fast and physical, if you’re not built for it, you won’t see the field.”

Still don’t believe me? Out of our current graduating group, we have 2 players going to D1 schools next year.
They happen to be two of the fastest players on our team
(30m sprint test).

Your physical ability, whatever your strength may be – speed, strength, endurance – can be the difference between you and someone of equal technical/tactical ability.

An Integrated Approach.

On the soccer field, through warm ups, cool downs, and 10-20 minute blocks throughout practice, we’ve been able to effectively blend elements of strength, power, speed and conditioning into our soccer practice (details to follow in part 2).

Communication between coaching staff has allowed for this successful integration.

We must have a common understanding of practice intensity/goals in order to marry the two. Like chefs, we have our ingredients (exercises/drills), but we must create the right recipe (structure/program) to bring forward the true flavour of each ingredient in a delicious dish.

The results have been impressive.

Here are a few things that stand out in particular:

1.            Zero injuries on 2017 Summer Tour where we played 4 games in 4 days (90 minute, full field).

2.            The Yo-Yo Test (one of our Key Performance Indicators – KPI) has improved from a team average of 35.2 (June) to 47.2 (February) – 12 stages!

3.            Inquiries from a College Coach (who has 2 of our former players) about our S&C programs

•             One player had the best long jump score on team as a freshman.

•             One player had the best yo-yo score (aerobic fitness) on team as a freshman.

4.            Limited injuries over the course of the year

5.            More players on scholarship!

These are just a few highlights among many from over 100 training sessions and 12 months with the Winstars.

Stay tuned for the next part in this series where I’ll go into detail about the elements of our physical preparation program – including rationale, results and observations, along with some of the ways we are applying it into our daily training environment.

For more information about Coach Joe, visit joevecchione.com to learn more!

 

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Flashback from 2007 – All players went on scholarship, mainly NCAA Division 1 and our Academy won SAAC League and SAAC Cup against Bryst at BMO Field, we went undefeated in the first year of SAAC competition and first year of our academy.

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Our Match vs. Philadelphia Union Academy Team

Sunday October 15th – our match vs. Philadelphia Union Academy

Was a great day and match as you can see for yourself, as our academy takes on the Union Academy. 

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A nice Testimonial by our former Academy player Ethan Vigario – now on Full Scholarship at St. Francis University – Ft. Wayne

Eathan Vigario

Hello, I am Ethan Vigario, a former player of Bobby Graham. What I have to say is straight forward, easy to comprehend and to the point. If you are looking to get to a college on scholarship and if it is a serious dream / goal of yours then I recommend going nowhere else other than Winstars.

Not only does Bobby and all the coaching staff provide a professional training environment for significant development, but they also treat you like they son. It is a family like no other and definitely stands out from the rest. Bobby likes great footballers, but also great people and that's why you don't see 1000 kids in his academy, you only see. Around 40. This is because to him it isn't about the money, he cares about you and your future.

I hope you end up taking up this opportunity, regardless of how far or close you live. I traveled 2 hours to get to training and Bobby and the academy made it more than worth it. You can shoot me an email if you have any further questions regarding any of this.

Ethan Vigario.

 

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6 Expectations On the Road to Success

When I arrived in Tampa as head coach, I began meeting with the players who lived there, trying to understand from them what needed to be fixed. Although all the issues were relatively minor, they contributed to the team’s second class, defeatist, excuse-laden mentality. I began to sell the philosophy that we are responsible for what happens to us, not anyone or anything else. No excuses, no explanations.

At a team meeting, I ran through a laundry list of excuses our players could easily hang a poor season on if they chose to: We have a new coach staff. We have to learn a new system on both offense and defense. We have sub-par facilities. We have a young quarterback. We never get the benefit of the doubt from officials. We might move cities. Those were all great excuses, and we could have used all of them. However, our goal was to win and excuses weren’t an option. Have you been using excuses lately? Here are 6 expectations I communicated to my team on the road to success.

1. Be a pro.

2. Act like a champion.

3. Respond to adversity; don’t react.

4. Be on time. Being late means either it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon.

5. Execute. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. Not almost. All the way. Not most of the time. All of the time.

6. Take ownership.

Is this how you approach your marriage? Your role as a dad? Your job?  Whatever it takes. No excuses, no explanations.

http://www.allprodad.com/dungy/6-expectations-on-the-road-to-success/

 

Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame

Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/bobby-clark-notre-dame-soccer-coaching-legend-ncaa#dASJFO7cXPrwYeoj.99

 

The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article

The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/dani-alves-juventus-the-secret/?utm_content=bufferdc8f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

Check out all our best drills, gym workouts and articles on how to improve stamina for soccer 

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/performance/training/how-improve-stamina-football

 

Our Goalkeeping Department

Goalkeepers are the most important player in a Team, at our academy we have an excellent Coach Roberto Carranza who specializes and trains our goalkeepers three times a week.  We invest much time, effort and finances into our goalkeeping and have had much success in the past with Goalkeepers who went on to the next level.

Past Goalkeepers Coached by Academy Director Bobby Graham

  1. Peter Pappas Philadelphia University and Professional with Philadelphia Kixx
  2. Loukas Papaconstantinou University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Now a Dentist
  3. Jaro Zawislan – Clemson University - Former Head Coach at Cornell University – Men’s Team
  4. Thomas Zawislan – Creighton University
  5. David Clemente – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  6. Raj Wakhale – Hartwick College
  7. Melford (Junior James) – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  8. Robert Marinaro – Clemson University – Now Head Coach of Kent State University (Women’s Team)
  9. Rasih Pala – Northern Illinois University
  10. Jay Mason – University of the Incarnate World - Now Head Coach of Cal Poly (Women’s Team)
  11. Phillip Cavicchia – Appalachian State University
  12. Chris Skelton – Niagara University
  13. Dennis Kramer – Southern Polytechnic State University
  14. Jamie Englefield – Winthrop University
  15. Domenic Spedaliere – Eckerd University
  16. Spyros Sergiotis – Wilmington University
  17. Adriano Debreau – Western Michigan University
  18. Matthew Zaikos – Urbana University
  19. Zachery Zeke – Adrian University
  20. Jordan Sedhi – Seton Hill University
  21. Christian Brunet – Lewis University
  22. Nicholas Luciani – Culver Stockton University
  23. Karman Saini – Swedish First Division Husqvarna FF

 

 

Adidas is now our official Clothing Supplier of our Soccer Academy

Some of the sports apparel each Academy player will receive

AdidasWINSTARS ACADEMY SUPPLIER

 

 

Student-Athlete NCAA Resources


Links

NCAA Eligibility Center  *Formerly known as ‘Clearinghouse’ and is required for all Division I and Division II athletes
The College Board  *SAT Registration, College Search Tool, Scholarship Searching Tool

 

 

20 Questions to see where you should go to school

 

 

Choosing a college isn’t a four-year decision; it’s a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience. To help your student-athlete better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. In this article, we provide 20 questions to gauge academic and cultural fit.

We are not covering questions for determining athletic fit, as that is an entire topic in itself. These questions can help you start a list of potential colleges, and you can add athletic fit to whittle down your choices.

Remember: You’re trying to figure out what your student wants in a school, not what you as a parent want for them. A lot of parents will frame questions by giving an obvious bias to one answer. For example, “Do you want to just be another number in a class with 500 kids in it?” Instead, phrase questions so your student-athlete can share what they really think.

It might be tempting to try grinding through all 20 questions at once. But, you’ll likely get a lot of eye rolls and, “Ugh, I don’t know!” responses. Instead, ask a couple questions at a time and keep track of the answers in a notebook. That way, you can refer back when you need to.

Ask these 20 questions to see where your student should go to school.

Academics. To parents, academics may be the most important aspect of determining best college match. For high school students, academics may be the first thing they push to the side. These questions help narrow down schools where your student would thrive academically.

1. What do you want to major in?

2. Would you be willing to adjust your major?

3. Do you want to be taught by full-time professors or graduate students?

4. Which type of classes do you prefer: lecture style or discussion style?

5. Will your major require an internship?

6. Do you want to take classes that interest you or would you like to stick to your major?

7. Is the prestige/reputation of the college important to you?

8. Do you fulfill the academic requirements to be accepted?

Culture. When students go to college, most of them will be living on their own for the first time. They need to feel at home in their university, surrounded by students who they can connect with. Campus culture refers to the type of students at the campus, the location, physical attributes of the campus and what stands out in the student body.

9. Are you more interested in a social campus, a commuter campus (where students tend to go home on the weekends) or a quiet campus?

10. How far away from home would you like to be?

11. Would you prefer to go to a school where you already know a lot of people?

12. What are your weather-related deal breakers?

13. Do need a lot of green space?

14. Do you prefer to be in a large city?

15. Would you like a religious university?

16. What kinds of extracurricular or social activities are you interested in?

17. Do you want to be surrounded by people who share your viewpoint?

18. Do you want a diverse environment?

19. Do you like seeing people you know around campus every day?

20. What specific experiences do you want to have in college (e.g., studying abroad)?

Bonus: 5 financial questions for parents

College is a huge investment. As a parent, you need to be realistic about what colleges are feasible from a financial standpoint. Ask yourself these questions to make sure you—and your student—know where things stand financially.

1. How much are you willing to pay for college and how much responsibility will fall on your student?

2. Does your student qualify for any scholarships or financial aid?

3. Will your student be supporting themselves while at college? Is the college town’s cost of living realistic?

4. Will your student need to participate in a work-study program or similar arrangement to help cover the cost of tuition?

5. Are you and/or your student willing to take out college loans? How much?

Time Management Winstars

 


How to be a Professional Footballer

Link to article

 

Testimonial from Barry Gorman, Former Technical Director, FC Dallas and Penn State University Coach

Barry Gorman

Bobby Graham is, without doubt, one of the foremost pre-eminent youth soccer ambassadors Ontario has produced. His commitment to the development of youth soccer in Canada is second to none. I can think of no one, in America or Canada, who has assisted more players in progressing to the Collegiate and Professional ranks.

For over 25 years, Bobby Graham has provided numerous, incredible opportunities for countless Canadian youngsters to showcase their talents at the best soccer events throughout the USA. The sheer number of former players who can trace their academic-athletic opportunities back to Bobby Graham run organizations is testimony to the man's "Midas" touch. The truly remarkable success rate his programs have achieved throughout the years, both on and off the field, is an indication of the excellent high standards he expects, creates and maintains.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is an outgrowth of that desire for excellence. It is a professionally run organization where it is clearly evident, "they are on the right track and have ‘bottled’ something special." On the coaching side, they are extremely well organized while constantly preparing and coaching players in a meaningful, competitive environment. On the academic side they are, in my mind, the leading source for soccer scholarship information and advice in Canada.

In my former role, as the Head Coach of Penn State University Men's Soccer Program for 22 years, I got to know Bobby Graham very well and am delighted to count on him as a valued and trusted friend. We share a similar vision of the "beautiful game," but more importantly, a strong core value in how best to monitor the growth and development of aspiring young soccer players.

Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive career/life changing investment. I look forward to continuing to stay in touch with Bobby Graham and enhancing my professional relationship with the Winstars Soccer Academy.

FC Dallas

Barry Gorman
Technical Director – FC Dallas
Former Head Coach Men's Soccer – Penn State University

NSCAA Past President


Champions are Made Here - Video

 

6 FACTS YOUR PLAYER MUST KNOW IF HE WANTS TO BE PRO

Barcelona

http://www.knowhowsoccer.com/6-facts-your-player-must-know-if-he-wants-to-be-pro/

Success doesn't happen as an accident. It is hard work, sacrifice, ups and downs, determination, motivation, but, most of all, love for the game and love doing your job.

Training is a process. It consists several main components:
1. periodization,
2. preparation,
3. organization,
4. dedication,
5. consistency.

All main factors, joined together, create entirety when you're making professionally organized plan with long and short term objectives.

While you're preparing your training program always consider:

CONTINUATION
→ the connection between the sessions – so the transition from one day to another, and one week to another, is gradually developed.

PROGRESSING

→ building up challenges and training loads in coming sessions.

CONTROLLING

→ using these methods you are constantly controlling your players but laying on their effort and making them naturally building up their performance. Each subsequent training is an upgrade to the previous work so it must be proposed on a higher level than the previous one.

Playing the highest level isn't for everybody, and that's what makes it so special. Only the ones who made it know what kind of commitment to soccer training takes to get there. With that in hart, there are few facts your player should have in mind if his dream is to become a pro.

1. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AVERAGE AND THE GREAT PLAYER
In the modern game, at any level, soccer training and conditioning is essential. What makes the main difference between the great soccer player from the average one is their ability to do 'that something extra', something special during the match: dribble few players on the run in dying minutes of the game, precisely cross the ball to a teammate who is on the run passing the defender, clear the ball from the opponent in a counterattack action…'that something extra'.

2. YOU CAN NEVER RETURN THE LOST GAME OR THE LOST TRAINING
If you commit yourself, make it count. Keep the consistency and persistence in training, attending every practice without any excuse. There are many factors that can distract you from the training, but you must know that every practice will make you better than before.

3. PLAYER HAS TO BE CAPABLE TO PLAY 10 OR 120 MINUTES
You are training hard to be fit and in your best shape for the match. You must be prepared at any moment coach decides to put you in a team. It can be full match or part of the game. Coach will decide to play you depending on his vision, situation on the pitch, including tactical variation or injuries.

4. TRAININGS ARE HARDER THAN THE MATCH
Many times coaches propose physically demanding practices. The purpose is to be prepared to the last minute of the game playing in high tempo, not losing rhythm or level of performance. Hard work in training is guarantying lightness and ease during the game.

5. WORK HARD DURING PRACTICE AND HAVE FUN DURING THE MATCH
If you did your job well during training, you don't need to worry about the coming game. If you're prepared well, you will be fully focused only on your best performance and team's effort during the game.
Physically fit players are confident, motivated, in control of their potential having variety of options to choose.

6. IF YOU GIVE YOUR MAXIMUM DURING THE GAME, YOU WILL SLEEP CALMLY NO MATTER IF YOU LOSE OR WIN
After every match, player should analyse his own performance and where he stands. What is needed to work on to improve and what should be polished and mastered till the automatism. But one is definite, put your maximum effort because that is what is expected from you. Level of your performance depends on your preparation.

Becoming a good player takes a lot of time, hard work, and practice, especially. Be honest to yourself and set standards you wish to achieve. At the end, the price will be huge. Satisfaction, joy and respect are just a few of them.
→ Preparation prevents poor performance.

Arsene Wenger, How To Build a Footballer

Arsene Wenger

When a manager of the calibre of Arsene Wenger takes time to tell you the key to becoming a truly great player like Cesc Fabregas, you listen. See what the great man had to say on commitment and the desire to improve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G8E01bn7J4

 

Harvard's Ferguson formula for success

Harvard's Ferguson formula for success
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34356242

SIR ALEX ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE


Winstars Tryouts
Tryouts for our Elite Soccer Academy

We are only interested in very talented players as well as students with good grades and a passion and desire for the game of soccer and also to play soccer at the next level. NCAA Collegiate Soccer. Looking for a few players as we are close to full for the fall and winter season.  Only serious student athletes and soccer players communicate.

Showcase our Players at the best events in USA/Canada and Europe
Professional Staff with a proven track record of success both with development and winning
The number 1 Academy in Canada for athletic scholarships at NCAA Universities
Meaningful training in a quality environment / more significant games
Academy Director has now sent over 350 players to the USA on athletic scholarship/unparalleled
Talent ID criteria centered around the players ability to control the ball

Academy Director – Bobby Graham
www.winstarssoccer.com

 

Men's Soccer
NCAA Division 1 Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d1/nscaa-coaches
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division II Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d2
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division III Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d3/nscaa-coaches

 

 




The Route to a Dream

Harvard
2015 Summer Tour

 

 Checkout our past summer tour –so it will give you an
idea on what we do besides the soccer, we visit the
schools, meet the coaches, tour the campus.


 

 

 

 

NCAA logo



NCAA Division 1 College Coach Contact Information

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Daniel Festa Time Line

 

Winstars Academy

 

Canadian Dynasty of International Proportions


Article by Nicholas Spiller
Published: August 20, 2014

Most youth soccer players share a common goal as they grow into their late teenage years: They want an opportunity to keep playing the sport in college and beyond! While numerous soccer teams and programs are aimed at helping players achieve those dreams, few organizations consistently get their players to live that goal.

Hardly any places in Canada develop players as well as the Winstars Soccer Academy, which has successfully placed over 300 players into colleges across Canada and the U.S. There, they have been able to learn the game and receive a great education as well.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is led by the brilliant soccer mind of Bobby Graham, who has over 30 years of coaching experience in the sport. The focus of his program is geared toward helping players learn the technical skills required to play soccer at the highest level. While most teams focus on athleticism and running, Winstars understands the importance of working well on the ball and as a team.

The Academy also harnesses a relatively hands-off approach to gameplay. Bringing in the right group of players is key, and with this mindset players are given freedom to play and have the trust of coaches to best utilize their skills.

Additionally, Winstars Soccer Academy benefits from being the most successful and proven club in Ontario for several decades. Coaches across North America are familiar with the team and these relationships are very beneficial to aiding young players in the recruitment process for college teams. The team takes part in many travel excursions for prestigious tournaments or to various colleges. A current tour in August 2014 will see the squad visit universities like Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and James Madison University.

The Winstars has been the most successful Canadian Club program ever to compete at the prestigious Dallas Cup. Bobby Graham teams have competed in the Super Group for many years, playing against the likes of AC Milan, Boca Juniors, Tottenham Hotspurs, Moscow Dynamo, Benfica and International of Brazil as well as the best the USA had to offer, Dallas Texans, Chicago Magic, etc.

Additionally, numerous college scouts and coaches love to attend tournaments like the 10th annual Collegiate Boys Showcase, set to be held this December. Such exposure gives players every opportunity to catch the eye of a specific college coach or recruiter. But at its core, the reason such chances come about is due to the competitiveness and quality of the Winstars Soccer Academy, which prepares players for college and professional soccer like no other club in Canada.

While hundreds of players have earned placements to various colleges, some have even been able to play soccer professionally! One such player is Dejan Jakovic, who not only featured for UAB, but also went on to star as a defender for D.C. United and currently plays abroad in the J-League. Dejan was one of 20 players from Bobby Graham teams that went on to play for Head Coach Mike Getman at UAB, and they have been a top 25 NCAA Division 1 program for many years.

As stated by Barry Gorman, former Penn State head coach and technical director of FC Dallas, "Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive/life changing investment."

Winstars Soccer Academy isn't just another soccer club to play during your teenage years; it is a vessel to propel your future as a soccer player! Available to boys aged 12-18, this is Canada's finest youth soccer program and gets players opportunities to continue the sport in college year after year!
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Daniel Festa


Daniel Festa, a past Winstars Academy player, has recently Graduated in Economics and Finance, from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York! Keep up the Great Work Daniel!

Daniel Festa signs with Manhattan College for 2014.

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