Tecumseh SC and Caboto SC align programs to provide clarity for the Windsor-Essex soccer community.
October 14, 2020
In a year full of uncertainty, two prominent leaders in player development have stepped forward in the best interest of local soccer. Tecumseh SC and Caboto SC are partnering in an effort to align programming to provide the highest quality, variety and clarity of soccer pathways in Windsor-Essex County.
“At the centre of all of our soccer decisions, we want the best soccer experience for the individual player.” said Egidio Mosca, President of Caboto Soccer Club. “Both organizations have been consistent pillars of player development in Essex County. I believe both clubs have been taking chances, creating opportunities and leading by example in actions, not just words. We intend to learn from each other and generate best practices for both our clubs and hopefully other clubs in the district will jump on board in the coming years. We collectively know this won’t be easy but, in any partnership, there will be good days and bad days. We hope that the good will rise to the top in the best interest of all soccer players in Essex County.”
“Working together in this sort of clear collaboration means a more positive experience for our players, parents and everyone involved in the soccer community. It’s a win-win for everybody. We are extremely proud of Tecumseh’s Provincial and National recognition in recent years and are delighted to work with the like-minded leadership of the Caboto Soccer Club. Together we will strive to bring the best opportunities for each and every player while continuing to open pathways at all levels of the game” commented Settimo Satch Tocco, President of Tecumseh Soccer Club.
Both clubs will continue to operate their grassroots programs (Under 8 – Under 12) but will now collaborate in joint-initiatives for player development, parent education and player pathway identification. The most professional coaches, experienced technical staff and top- level facilities will be front and centre and will benefit all players in both programs.
Aligning the two programs provides players the opportunity and pathway to experience:
The most passionate local volunteer, experienced, qualified and professional coaches
– A collaborative technical staff and comprehensive curriculum proven at all levels
– Community accessible local programming for all ages from grassroots up
– Progressive pathways into Michigan and Southwest Ontario for added competition
– Windsor’s only program certified Provincially and Nationally for Player Development
– Access to Ontario’s Top Youth League, the OPDL (https://www.ontariosoccer.net/opdl)
– Competition in the League1 Ontario Pathway for both Men and Women
– Added exposure in Provincial Team Scouting, Identification and Showcasing for Post- Secondary Scholarship and Soccer Opportunities.
About Caboto SC
Caboto SC is the oldest active soccer organization in Essex County having been established in 1951. The club has evolved over the years from offering only senior programming in its early years to the introduction of youth soccer in the 1970’s to its current status as the largest competitive club in Essex County. In the 2020-21 soccer season, Caboto will continue its grassroots programming and heavy participation in the Essex County Soccer League fielding
over 30 teams between the ages of 8 and 19. Caboto Soccer further offers programming in the state of Michigan through a strategic relationship with the Liverpool International Academy of Michigan.
About Tecumseh Soccer Club
TSC has provided local grassroots programming in the Essex County Soccer League for over 20 years. In 2019, Tecumseh SC became one of the thirty-nine first-ever Canada Soccer National Youth License Holders (https://www.canadasoccer.com/news/canada-soccer-announces-39- first-ever-national-youth-club-licence-holders/) and in 2021, TSC will be launching Windsor- Essex County’s 1st and only Canada Soccer Skill Centre Program for players Under 8 – Under 12.
Tecumseh SC is Essex County’s only OPDL License Holder providing access to Ontario Soccer’s Highest Level of Competition for players U13 – U17 (https://www.ontariosoccer.net/opdl). As an OPDL License Holder, TSC teams also compete in the League1 Ontario Pathway, with both Men’s and Women’s teams U18 – U21. Tecumseh SC will continue to expand its League1 Ontario offerings and opportunities moving in the 2021 season.
For players preparing to join the performance pathway, TSC offers Pre-OPDL programs at the U11 and U12 age groups. Tecumseh teams have access to standards-based league play in the Michigan Director’s Academy via our development partner Nationals (MI) as well as Provincial and Regional competition within our OPDL partners throughout Ontario.
As a part of this collaboration, Caboto SC Technical Director and Liverpool FC International Academy – Windsor Site Director, Roberto Mazza, will now join Tecumseh SC as Girls Development Manager and High-Performance Coach.
Roberto will lead the development of the TSC Girls Performance Pathway and assist in guiding the promotion of players to provincial, post-secondary and scholarship opportunities. In addition, he will transition to the role of Head Coach in OPDL and League1 Women’s Program.
“One thing we have always prided ourselves on at Tecumseh SC is having passionate people of the highest quality leading our team. Roberto is a home-grown leader in player development with experience at the highest levels of the Women’s game. It was a no-brainer to bring him in as a key member of our coaching and technical staff” said Ryan Mendonca, Sporting Director for Tecumseh Soccer Club. “Our TSC coaching staff and technical team is developing into one of the best in the province and adding Roberto really completes the puzzle. We are excited to welcome him to our family and know that his competitive spirit will drive the Girls program at Tecumseh SC to new heights.”
“It is an honour to be a part of such a ground-breaking step forward. I don’t think anyone thought this was possible” said newly appointed Tecumseh SC Girls Development Manager,
Roberto Mazza. “We (Egidio, Ryan and I) have been trying to put the pieces together for quite some time and it took a lot of support from individuals and organizations putting personal egos aside for the greater good. I will continue to guide Liverpool FC (Windsor) and Caboto SC as part of this collaboration but am extremely excited to begin my role with the High Performance Program at Tecumseh SC. This gives me the chance to work amongst all of Windsor’s top coaches as a part of the most professional, progressive, player-centred organizations and is a fantastic opportunity to coach at the highest level. We are breaking down barriers and opening up the best new opportunities for players. What more could anyone ask for?”
For more information on this collaboration and how to be a part of it, please contact:
Egidio Mosca, President | G. Caboto SC firstname.lastname@example.org
Settimo Satch Tocco, President | Tecumseh SC email@example.com