IROQUOIS – It doesn’t happen every day that local soccer players train with a pro, but for a group of South Dundas soccer goalkeepers they did just that last week.
The club welcomed Atlético Ottawa’s starting goalkeeper Dylon Powley to the South Dundas soccer fields on August 10. Over a period of almost three hours, he worked with 10 players from the region to develop advanced skills for one of the most important positions in the game.
Powley is the starting goalkeeper for Atlético Ottawa, one of eight teams to compete in the Canadian Premier League.
The CPL is the highest tier of professional men’s soccer competition outside of the MLS in Canada.
“It’s really great to have someone like Dylon come here and work with our football players,” said Bryan Holmes, vice president of South Dundas Soccer. “It goes a long way towards developing the skills and confidence of the players in this difficult position.”
In the one-day training course, various skills were trained that are required for the demanding position of goalkeeper. Speaking to many of the South Dundas players involved, it was agreed that the most popular part of the training was diving training.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Brody Ortwein, one of the clinic participants. “It was cool to study with a professional. I learned a lot and enjoyed all of the exercises very much. “
Holmes stated that the goalkeeping clinic opportunity was made possible by a former player.
“We were contacted by a family who started in the SDSA program and they put us in touch with Dylon,” he said. “This was a great opportunity for the players and something we want to build on for years to come.”
The clinic had eight SDSA players in the U11, U14 and U18 divisions and also hosted two Brockville Soccer Club players.
Working with other clubs to gain access to qualification training is another goal of the SDSA.
“Every time we can work together and work with others to make this type of training possible for players, the better,” said Holmes. “The ultimate goal is to make sure the children are active and develop in sports.”
Powley is playing in his sophomore season for the CPL and his first for Atlético Ottawa. He also played professionally in Sweden.
Atlético Ottawa is a joint venture between the Spanish soccer club Atlético Madrid and the Ottawa businessman Jeff Hunt.