Toronto FC Star Featured At Windsor Soccer Camp

Staff and instructors lead participants through skills development during the Cloudnine Projects soccer camp on 24 March 2018.Photo by John Skinner.

Staff and instructors lead participants through skills development during the Cloudnine Projects soccer camp on 24 March 2018.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – On Saturday, a soccer camp for children aged 8 through 17 was held at the Novelletto Rosati facility at Malden Park. Local organizers Shane Topalovic, Houssain Kadri, and Stephen Ademolu provided a day of indoor soccer instruction at the sold out event, concentrating on the basics of skills development.

“We concentrated on personal skills, development skills,” said Topalovic. “Passing, shooting, dribbling, things like that. We taught them a lot of technique.”

Toronto FC's Eriq Zavaleta (4th from right) poses with training staff at the Cloudnine Projects soccer camp held at the Novelletto Rosati facility on 24 March 2018.Photo by John Skinner.

Toronto FC’s Eriq Zavaleta (4th from right) poses with training staff at the Cloudnine Projects soccer camp held at the Novelletto Rosati facility on 24 March 2018.
Photo by John Skinner.

Organizers had help during the camp of current Major League Soccer cup champion Eriq Zavaleta from Toronto FC. The pro was in town as the camp  feature to lend a hand with the putting the kids through their paces.

“Eriq gave them the message of what it takes to compete and make it to the next level or even further,” Topalovic said.

Eriq Zavaleta, of Toronto TF, poses with soccer camp organizers Shane Topalovic (left) and Stephen Ademolu on 24 March 2018.Photo by John Skinner.

Eriq Zavaleta, of Toronto TF, poses with soccer camp organizers Shane Topalovic (left) and Stephen Ademolu on 24 March 2018.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor-born Ademolu got his start in local soccer before becoming a professional in Europe and Topalovic played and coached locally before opening his own fitness facility. Together with Kadri’s Cloudnine Projects, the trio set upon the road to make it a goal to help as many kids as possible to get into sports.

“It’s just nice to give back. We’ve been around the soccer community for a long time and we thought this would be a really cool thing to give back to the community,” Topalovic explained.

Watch for more to come from the organizers in the future.

A sold out soccer camp was held at the Novelletto Rosati facility on Windsor's west side on 24 March 2018.Photo by John Skinner.

A sold out soccer camp was held at the Novelletto Rosati facility on Windsor’s west side on 24 March 2018.
Photo by John Skinner.

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