North Toronto Nitros Soccer's grassroots Development Pathway is for players from the age of under 8 (2012) to under 12 (2008) for both males and females.
The structure now sees the players split into two streams, the Nitros Development Pathway for U9 and U10 players and the Advanced Development Pathway for U11 and U12 players.
Our younger age group is under the guidance of Tom Waud, Manager of Nitros Development Pathway with the older groups overseen by Andy King, Manager of Advanced Development Pathway.
Both of these passionate and experienced coaches joined club colleagues Billy Wilson (Technical Director), Nic Hurtado (Manager of Recreation), Octavian Ghidanac and Rachel Murray to be amongst the first 21 coaches in the nation awarded the new Canada Soccer Children's License in September 2020.
All players will train throughout the year under the direction of Tom and Andy and their assigned Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the age group.
The overall objective of NTSC’s Nitros Development program is to create a developmental environment for every player that matches his/her individual playing needs and abilities. To do this, NTSC will be following CSA’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD).
Season Duration and Commitment
The 2020/21 Indoor Season (Fall and Winter) begins in mid-October and runs until the end of April. Sessions will be indoor on turf.
As players develop throughout their time at North Toronto Nitros, they will be provided with the opportunity to continue in the program if the following minimum requirements are met:
All North Toronto Nitros practices we will be following the Ontario Soccer Player Development Model. North Toronto Nitros have created an adapted version of the model which can be seen here: 4 Corner Model.
Four staff coaches work with players at each training session; one at league games (U9-U12). All coaches have training and experience working with children.
For more information, please see the Ontario Soccer Development Matrices HERE.
Coaching staff and Outdoor schedules 2019
We are providing a player of the month for our Nitro's players to encourage them to watch the sport they love to play. It gives them role models within soccer for them to look up to and identify with. We ask that parents share the PDF with their child as each month they will notice that every player does not have the same pathway from when they were a child to where they are now.
Learn more here.