FC London is getting support from Ontario’s Major League Soccer team that finds itself near the top of this season’s leader board.
Toronto FC has announced it will support the local club as a regional development club through its London TFC Regional Development and Identification Centre, “providing professional technical player and coaching development.”
It’s the second centre TFC has partnered with after an announcement was made to create Windsor TFC last June.
“Toronto FC is Ontario’s team, not only the GTA’s,” said Ian Campbell, FC London President, in a release. “We in London and surrounding area are delighted to help stretch TFC’s support for developing soccer at the outskirts of Ontario as a satellite program. FC London has a proud history and with the technical direction of the TFC staff, we can reach new heights through a clear player development pathway for our region. TFC and FC London have a long term perspective that will deliver development opportunity for players, coaches and excitement for our fans.”
The new partnership will create a direct route for highly-skilled soccer players to achieve their dreams of reaching the professional stage. Additionally, the FC London will benefit from tehcnical and tactical direction and fitness guidance from the Toronto FC Academy staff.
“Toronto FC is proud to add another provincial partner in FC London. We are continuing to work to build more TFC Regional Development and Identification Centres as we look to support coaching development, share our curriculum and create a player pathway directly to TFC province wide,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko in the release.
Toronto FC coaches will visit London to run development camps, while London coaches will make their way to Toronto a few times a year to learn from the TFC coaching staff.