If you are re-registering you child with our club, welcome home. For those new members joining Foothills for the first time, I would personally like to extend you a warm welcome into the Foothills Family. We call ourselves that as over the course of time that you spend with us often equates to as much time as you spend at home and therefore we naturally become a second home to each other. Once a player steps into our training facility aptly known as “The Factory”, they will feel a sense of belonging through the training they receive, friends they meet and peers they interact with in our vibrant culture. Our club has been operating officially since 1972 and has developed some great players over the course of that time. However we pride ourselves on two key things as part of our development ethos; to create great players and outstanding individuals. Not only do we proudly boast a strong and highly qualified coaching roster that can develop players, our club culture also places a heavy emphasis on developing the person behind the player. The lessons a player and coach learns within the vehicle of sports and in our circumstances, soccer will only help to strengthen the character and personality of your child as they embark on their personal journey through life better equipped as a result of their experiences with us.
We are firm believers in the long term player development model and ensure we do our best and placing every player in the right environment for their current stage of development. Every child unlocks their gift at different maturation stages of their development, so it is essential that we recognize the needs of the individual within our team programs. So whether your child is joining us for their first ever soccer experience at U4, or their final U18 year, we will strive to make their soccer experience the best it can be.
One last thing to take note of is that our progressive club is continuing to push the boundaries for soccer within Canada. We actively want to help grow the game from Grassroots to Professional. As a result we are officially launching our Foothills FC U23 men's PDL team, who will compete in the United Soccer League’s PDL conference this summer. The PDL league is the pre-eminant pathway to the professional environment through it’s partnership with the MLS. In this year’s MLS Draft 59 players from the PDL were drafted into the MLS, which underlines the importance of the extension of our pyramid. We are also in the process of planning a women’s professional team to that we will launch in 2016 following what we hope to be a successful 2015 Women’s World Cup right here in Canada. We want to create the live soccer experiences for our youth players and an excellent learning tool for their further development, whilst also having the ambition to make Calgary Foothills Soccer Club an internationally recognized club. You will have the option to purchase your PDL season tickets when you register your child, so don’t forget to add it to you basket so we can create the famous “Sea of Green” when we welcome the likes of Seattle Sounders U23 and Portland Timbers U23 to Calgary.
Welcome to Foothills. Once you wear GREEN, there is no other TEAM.
See you on the sidelines,
Tommy Wheeldon Jr
Calgary Foothills Soccer Club