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FC Storm Academy is a developmental program
open to boys and girls from any community born in 2015 and 2016 (U7 and U8)



Registration opens for the Spring 2023 season on January 1, 2023.  Follow the link to the  FC Storm Website for more information and to complete the registration.  



FC Storm Academy is designed for players who are interested in improving foundational soccer skills (first touch, dribbling, passing, 1v1s and small sided games) through more rigorous training and small sided games.  It is a fun program that provides a positive learning environment for developing soccer skills.  
   

 

There is not a tryout process to participate in the Storm Academy.  The program and training are designed for players who are serious about working on skill development, and who are mentally and physically ready for more advanced training.  Players are divided by skill level, birthyear and gender. 

 

Anthony Doherty is the FC Storm  Academy Senior Director.  Anthony has a  USSF C license.  Anthony works of the FCS Premier teams and the Storm high school program.  In the fall, he is the Assistant Varsity coach for Loveland High School and coaches a U17 Storm team.   On-field training is led by Program Director Saeed Bhamjee who has several advanced European Coaching Licenses in addition to an extensive soccer playing background.  He has been in this role for FC Storm for several seasons.  Additional licensed coaches and trainers will work with the players at practice and coach weekend games. 

Practices

Practices will be held twice a week on a local field.  Ball skill development includes “Coerver” training methodology, a highly regarded approach for teaching soccer skills. 

 

Games

Each week players will be divided into teams and play small sided games to apply the skills they have been working on.  Approximately six times during the Spring our players will participate in small sided (friendly) games with Academy programs from nearby select soccer clubs.  More advanced players are entered into an Academy league organized by the Cardinal Premier League and participate in a local tournament against other select clubs.

 

 

Fees

The fee for the Spring 2023 season is $175.  Purchase of a uniform consisting on a jersey, shorts and socks is required if a player does not have one from a previous season.  



If you have questions, contact Anthony Doherty at [email protected]


 

 

Meet Anthony Doherty

Anthony Doherty is the Academy Director.  In addition he serves as the Director of Coaching for the club.   Anthony brings a depth of training and coaching experience to the Loveland Soccer program. He has trained recreational and select players from less than 5 years old to high school varsity players.  Over the past 4 years, Anthony has coached at over 75 camps in 15 states.  He holds a US Soccer C Coaching License and is a coach for Ohio Soccer's ODP program.  He is the Assistant Varsity Coach for Loveland High School Men's Soccer. 


Anthony was born in Manchester, UK where he excelled in soccer as a youth.  He began coaching soccer for the local clubs he grew up playing for.  After completing high school, Anthony obtained a level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science in college. College gave Anthony the chance to gain valuable experience working as P.E. teacher for a year where he worked with kids aged 2-11 and started the school’s first soccer program and team.


Anthony then went to University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Coaching at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. While at University Anthony volunteered his time as a performance video analyst with the professional soccer team, Blackburn Rovers, who at the time were in the Premier League.


Anthony began working for Challenger Sports in 2011 and was honored as a Challenger Sports Coach of the Year for the Cincinnati region and Coach of the Year for the Midwest.

FAQs


If I don’t live in Loveland, can I participate?

Yes, the Academy is open to boys and girls from any community.

 

Can I sign up for Passers too? 

No, there will be unavoidable conflicts with practice and game schedules.  

 

Do I have to participate in both fall and spring seasons? 

No, each season is independent.  You may choose to participate in the fall but not the spring and vice versa.  

 

What if I sign up for Academy and then find it’s too much? 

We will try to place you on a Passers team.  But there are no guarantees and once all Passers teams are filled, we won’t be able to accommodate more players. 

 

Will boys and girls practice together?

No.  Boys and girls will practice on the same nights, but different times.

 

What if I start in Passers but find my child would benefit from the Academy experience, can I switch?  

There will be a window of several weeks where this would be possible provided there is room in the Academy program.  Families will be charged the difference between the Passers and Academy programs. 

 

Do I need to participate in Academy to play for Storm?

No.  Storm teams are formed through an open tryout process each spring that is open to all players. 

 

Does participation in Academy improve my chances of making a Storm team?

Each player will be different.  In general, improving fundamental soccer skills often makes a player better prepared to try out for select soccer.   But there are no guarantees. 


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