North Toronto SC Partners with The University of Toronto Varsity Blues Soccer
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues soccer program is pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with the North Toronto Soccer Club (NTSC), effective immediately.
As part of the partnership, Varsity Blues student-athletes will compete as members of the NTSC in both League1 Ontario and Ontario Women’s Soccer League (OWSL), hosting events at historic Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
“Building a pathway and link between our program and the NTSC is instrumental to the growth and development of collegiate soccer,” said Varsity Blues men’s soccer head coach Anthony Capotosto. “It provides our student-athletes an opportunity to train together during the off-season, gaining immeasurable experience playing in two of the premiere leagues in Ontario. We, in turn, feel it connects an outstanding club to our soccer community, and offers them and opportunity to train and compete at a world-class facility, while exploring our amenities and the plethora of academic pathways our university can offer them.”
Providing soccer programs to more than 5,200 children and youths and 200 young adults, NTSC’s competitive programs will provide Varsity Blues student-athletes with the highest-level of competition as League1 serves as a stepping stone between the youth, amateur ranks, and the full-on professional side. Sanctioned by Ontario Soccer, both League1 and OWSL focus, first and foremost, on the development of Canada’s future stars.
“North Toronto Soccer Club is delighted to this partnership with the Varsity Blues soccer program official,” said Doug Blair, general manager at North Toronto Soccer Club. “NTSC is proud to continue to provide a path for our players in combination with one of the best universities in the world.”
In addition, NTSC will be establishing two athletic scholarship awards with U of T, one female and one male.
“Our top players will not only have access to a superb facility, but through our new scholarship program will have the opportunity to both pursue their post-secondary education at the University of Toronto and continue their soccer development with the Varsity Blues,” said Blair.
North Toronto SC Affiliates with Toronto High Park FC
TORONTO, Ontario - Presidents Reg Watson, from North Toronto Soccer Club (NTSC), and William Buckingham, from Toronto High Park Football Club (THPFC), are proud to announce the first OPDL Affiliation Agreement within the Toronto Soccer Association. The Agreement recognizes both THPFC and NTSC as preferred partners in each Club’s pursuit of High Performance soccer goals.
How does this Affiliation Agreement work? In accordance with OSA policies, this agreement allows THPFC players to be called-up for NTSC OPDL teams and gain valuable experience while remaining part of the THPFC Community Club team. For THPFC players looking to gain High Performance experience or sample OPDL, this is a perfect medium.
“THPFC and NTSC always compete on the field but cooperate off it. We acknowledge that NTSC can provide opportunities for some of our players in 2017.” said William Buckingham of THPFC.
“NTSC appreciates the opportunity to work with THPFC as the two Clubs provide a pathway for High Performance players to participate in OPDL soccer”, stated Reg Watson, NTSC President.
This agreement builds on the close ties that have already been formed between the two Clubs over the past few years. The two Clubs’ similar philosophies and development ideologies will ensure a seamless transition for THPFC players who become NTSC affiliates for the upcoming year.
“Quote Rahim (THPFC – Technical Director) - We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with North Toronto Soccer Club and provide this opportunity for our membership. We believe that it is essential to provide opportunity for players within our club to move on to the highest level of play in Ontario. John and his staff at NTSC have done a tremendous job building a terrific club and I personally look forward to finding ways to work closer together with them on a regular basis.”
“Quote John (NTSC Technical Director) – THPFC have developed a great player centred Club. Under Rahim’s direction, THPFC has brought in good staff and, in conjunction with a supportive Board, has shown the ability to develop top level players. We are looking forward to working with THPFC and providing High Performance opportunities for players in Toronto to achieve their potential “
The OPDL Affiliation Agreement takes place immediately. THPFC will be running a parent information session at for interested parents, players and coaches.