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Toronto Blizzard Women’s Team

Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village is the new home for The Toronto Blizzard Women’s Team

The Toronto Blizzard Women’s Teams run by former Canadian National Coach,  Joe Parolini, will be calling the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village home starting in 2017.  The Toronto Blizzard are pleased to announce the official acceptance into competitive play within League 1 Ontario for the 2017 season. Our successful application will see us launch our Women’s program first with the start of league play for this upcoming season followed by plans to also add a men’s program for 2018. The Toronto Blizzard  will practice and play their home games at our fields. Joe Parolini currently has positioned 4 of his players into the Canadian National Women’s Teams and has most of the team positioned for US Scholarships.

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https://www.facebook.com/torontoblizzard/

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Toronto Azzurri Fall News

As we approach the last months of 2016, the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club would like to update everyone on upcoming programs and developments around the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village.

2016 Fall Indoor Soccer in Progress

We are very excited about our inaugural Indoor “Fall” Sessions which are  happening every Wednesday at La Liga Indoor Center, 1107 Finch Ave W. We were able to accommodate 70 children from ages 5-15 and each sessions focuses on improving ball skills and better understanding the tactical principles of playing the game of soccer. 

Sign Up for The 2017 Winter Indoor Soccer Session

We would like to announce a “Winter ” Indoor Program as a continuation of our  current sessions. This will be launched on January 11th, running ten (10) Wednesdays until March 15th. 

Starting:

Wednesday January 11, 2017 to Wednesday March 15, 2017

  • Junior Group – 7;00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Intermediate Group – 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
  • Senior Group-8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where:
La Liga  Futsol Complex
1107 Finch Avenue, West
Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P7

Cost: $200.00

Register:

  • On line – www.torontoazzurri.com
  • In person @La Liga Futsol Complex – from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday November 16, 2016
    • Wednesday November 23, 2016
    • Wednesday November 30, 2016

Please do not hesitate…you may Register On-Line or you may call 416-782-1578 and inquire.

 

Toronto Azzurri 2017 Rep Teams

In 2017, the Toronto Azzurri will start to introduce our own “Rep” teams into the  North York Soccer Association League.  Please stay tuned to further announcements.

Youth Sport Camps starting July 2017

The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club will be starting Youth Sport Camps in July 2017.  We will be offering Full day and half day Camps.  The children will be offered a wide assortment of Outdoor sport activities like Soccer, Baseball, Flag Football, Frisbee Golf, as well as Indoor Educational Sessions and Movie Watching(Yes, we have Air Conditioning). Please consider the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village for your Birthday Celebrations! One hour Outdoor play and one hour Indoor party celebrations included.
Please contact Mary Severino at 416-782-1578 or  mary.severino@torontoazzurri.com for all the details.

Thank you for supporting the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village!
We built the Azzurri LIUNA Clubhouse for our Community!

 

Avoiding and Preventing Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer

Proper Hydration to AVOID AND PREVENT HEAT RELATED INJURIES WHEN PLAYING SOCCER

There are some simple guidelines which have been prepared when it comes to running activities in a hot and/or humid environment. The goal in participating in hot weather is to avoid fluid loss from the body or dehydration. Water not only accounts for some 98% of our body composition, but functions to help deliver oxygen to working muscles, and keeps the body from overheating during strenuous activity. Hard working muscles generate heat which is dissipated through the act of sweating.

Continue reading “Avoiding and Preventing Heat Related Injuries When Playing Soccer”

Congrats to our Winner!

Congratulations to Jay Dickson who is the holder of winning ticket #0686.  You’re the winner of the Azzurri Blue 2016 Fiat 500.

Have fun driving your new car!

The Toronto Azzurri would like to thank everyone who bought a ticket and participated in the raffle.  Your support will go a long way to help create programs for our youth in the community.

We would also like to send out a special thank you to Peel Chrysler and the Chiodo family for supplying the car for the raffle.

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City of Toronto License #M779946

A Proud Moment with Coach John DiSilva

Just wanted to share a proud coach moment I had this past week. We played against Team New Zealand last Wednesday and although we didn’t win, I got to see the winning goal taken by a young lady that I used to coach. I was so proud of the way she played and so exited for her…this was in fact her first goal, and I got to be a part of that. Even though she isn’t on our team, I couldn’t help but feel proud at that moment when she stepped into the ball and it went to the back of the net. I share this with you because at the end of all the coaching and games and sometimes the challenges we face, in that moment in time, is something that I will never forget. I feel very blessed to be a part of an organization that takes pride in the development of youth to teach not only skills in the sport of soccer but also to teaching them humility and sportsmanship. My son whom I have coached for several years, came up to me at the end of the match and mentioned the same thing. He was also excited for her. He said “Dad, did you see that goal, it was awesome, and did you see who scored it?” It was also that moment that I was reminded that this was all worth it. Sometimes racing to make practice or a game after work, it’s worth it.

Sometimes facing different levels of challanges, it’s worth it.

We do have a strong impact on these young people’s lives and we need to keep ensuring we the leaders and role models have a positive impact. To raise their confidence. To teach them how to work together and play as a team. To play hard and have fun.

So thank you Toronto Azzurri members and leaders for all that you do and represent.

I know I am rambling on but in a world where sometimes the negative seems to take center stage, we also need to share positive moments.

Thanks,

John

Dedicate/Adopt a Tree on the Boulevard

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We will be beautifying the entrance to the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village which will involve the planting of trees along the roadway up to the clubhouse and fields.  The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club and the PRO Action for Kicks Program are introducting the Dedicate/Adopt-A-Tree program.  With your donation, you will be able to dedicate a tree to a loved one.  Each tree will have a plaque and for your tree, you will be able to list the name(s) of the people you would like to dedicate or adopt the tree to.  Tax recipts will be issues in the name of the donor.
 
Make the memories last for generations.  Reserve your tree today.
 

Regent Park School of Music choir program

Regent Park School of Music conducted their first Choir Practise for children ages 8-11.

Sgt Stephen Hicks of Toronto Police Service 31 Division organized the participation of 35 students out of 4 public Schools in the Jane/Finch catchment area.

The Choir will be practising every Thursday from 4pm-6pm at the Azzurri LIUNA Clubhouse at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village located at 4995 Keele St.(Keele St. Reservoir just south of Steeles Ave.)

Regent Park School of Music rehersing at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village

Team Snacks

Team Snack is part of the child’s team experience. For most kids, they are a big part. While you don’t want to get your kids all hyped up on sugar, neither do you want to reduce this fun aspect of being in a soccer league. For our family, team snacks were a big deal at the younger ages.  Wondering what the post game snack treat would be often overshadowed what was happening on the soccer pitch.

When it’s your turn to bring the team snacks, there is a balance between surprising the kids with a snack that they would love, and keeping the soccer moms happy too.  Moms may think that carrot sticks are a great healthy snack but junior may be hated by the rest of his team mates. However, there are some good tips you can follow when it’s your snack night. Here are some suggestions:

BE CONSCIOUS OF FOOD ALLERGIES.

It’s nice for you to be conscientious of the kid who might feel left out. Make sure that you accomodate any dairy, gluten, or nut-allergies. Be sure to read labels carefully and to consult the child’s parents if you need help or have questions. If your child has any fiood allegies, let the coach and other parents know so that your child is not left out.

DON’T GO OVERBOARD.

A drink and a small snack should be enough.

PREPACKAGED FOOD IS BEST.

While we want home food to be minimally processed, realistically, prepackaged is easier and more appropriate in some
 circumstances.  You may want to stay away from homemade items on snack day because you want the other parents to feel comfortable and not wonder what your kitchen is like. That’s what would make me feel most comfortable as well. Plus, having pre-packaged convenience items makes it easy to pass out snack as well as store leftover items for another time.

When you do bring food with packaging, please don’t litter and leave your wrappers on the fields. Put all litter in the many garbage bins at the fields.

CONSIDER YOUNGER SIBLINGS.

While you are in no way obligated to feed the families of the players, if it’s in your budget to bring extras for younger siblings, that is always a nice gesture. The mom or dad who’s been trying to keep the baby or toddler happy during the last hour will be so grateful that you have something to share with their little one.

HEALTHIER OPTIONS FOR TEAM SNACKS

Chilled beverages

  • Bottle water
  • Juice boxes or pouches
  • Dye-free sports drinks – while these still have processed sweeteners, they are a welcome alternative to drinks loaded with artificial coloring

 Snacks

  • Yogurt tubes – If you freeze them the night before they are kind of like a popsicle which is very cool (pun intended) for hot days.
  • Applesauce in the pouches – no need for a spoon and the GoGoSqueeZ brand is unsweetened
  • Cheese sticks, individually wrapped
  • Individual bags of crackers, and granola bars
  • Individually packaged fruit snacks, fruit leathers, dried fruit, apple slices, apple chips
  • Individually packaged baby carrots (yes, really)