Toronto FC, Windsor Stars Form Partnership

(TORONTO, ON) – Toronto Football Club and the Windsor FC Stars have announced a partnership today that will see the two organizations work closely together to build a model professional and amateur sport partnership.

Toronto FC, of Major League Soccer, will support Windsor FC as a regional satellite club, providing professional technical player and coaching development at the youth level. The club will be called Windsor TFC.

“Toronto FC is proud to partner with Windsor FC Stars in a long term relationship that will be beneficial to both clubs,” said Kia Toronto FC Academy Director Laurent Guyot. “Providing a clear player pathway for the young athletes in Windsor and Ontario is imperative to the success of our club. This is an exciting time for our club and we are looking forward to the great accomplishments Windsor FC Stars and Toronto FC will achieve.”

With this partnership with TFC, Windsor TFC will receive technical and tactical direction, fitness guidance, and other relevant assistance from members of the Toronto FC Academy staff.

“We in Windsor and Essex County are especially delighted to help stretch TFC’s support for developing our game at the outskirts of Ontario as its first satellite program,” stated Vancho Cirovski, Windsor TFC president. “ With the technical direction of the TFC staff, we expect to grow and reach peak heights through a clear player development pathway for our region.“

The partnership will include development programs for players, with TFC coaches making multiple trips per year to Windsor to provide coaching instruction and technical training. Windsor FC coaches will also make a number of trips per year to Toronto FC’s Kia Training Ground to observe and learn best practices from TFC’s staff.

“This partnership will help to establish a long term plan and structure which gives a clear pathway for player and coaching development for our community,” Cirovski concluded.

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