Cumberland’s inaugural year-round Elite Academy (Dubbed: Project Iceland), is the first program in Ottawa to provide a European-calibre academy training environment for serious youth players looking to play at the next level. Teams will train after school every week night, with inter-squad, full-field sessions, friendlies and tournaments on Saturdays. Players will finish training by 5:30 each weeknight, and will have the remainder of their day for homework and family life. Weekends will be reserved for game play.
As in European professional academies, the training program will be “periodized” throughout the year. This means that training loads and schedules will be carefully planned and prepared so that the physical, technical, tactical and social development of the players are balanced and optimized across the entire season. This includes:
- Proper rest periods (scheduled time off throughout the year),
- Cross-training (strength, conditioning, athlete development),
- Mental/psychological development (sports psyche, and goal setting),
- Tactical/physical and technical training in order to peak at the right times during the season.
All sessions will be designed and run by our Academy staff coaches, augmented by each team’s Academy coach. With the adjusted schedule, Academy staff and team coaches will also attend the majority of games to ensure that players always get the best guidance and coaching available in this region. Our formula to producing top players is simple: train with the best players, under some of the region’s best coaches, and do so more often than anyone else in the region.
Open tryouts and Academy player evaluations will run in February and March (for any open spots at the midway point of the season). If you are transfering from a different regional or OPDL program and are outside of the open tryout period, you may contact Jessie, the Competitive administrator at email@example.com to setup an evaluation.
Note: In order to attend open tryouts, players must register for the "basic registraiton ($195 and the competitive tryouts). Players not selected for the Academy will be considered for Competitive Cobra teams in the winter, or will automatically be placed into the recreational program at CUSC.
Tryouts Begin: September 10th, 2016
Season begins September 19th, 2016 and runs through end of August. See schedule below.
Games will be organized on weekends, with all games played as 11v11. Summer ERSL leagues will still be played in summer season.
School bus transportation will be available for Ottawa's East-End High School students.
Transportation from schools to training on weekdays will be provided by Roxborough Bus Lines (http://roxboroughbus.com/)
For more detailed information on the transportation service/schedule, click here.
Available through Disalvo Sports on Bank St.
Please note that academy trialists who are not selected for an academy or cobra squad will automatically be placed into teh U9-U18 Recreational program, which is covered by the base registration fee (no further payments required).
See Registration Site for details of Fees.
Installment payment plan available.
Last Edited: Aug 8, 2016