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West Ottawa Soccer Club welcomes refugees

Eihab Altalli (left) and Obai Altalli (right), two refugees who recently arrived in Canada, along with Ahmed Aref from West Ottawa Soccer Club. Photo by Barry Gray.

“It helps them integrate here. I’m pretty sure this will have some sort of positive impact on their integration in the Canadian culture. So it’s a great initiative from the club.”

West Ottawa Soccer Club is welcoming newcomers to Canada by offering free soccer registration for refugee families.

The program is open to all ages, for refugees from anywhere in the world, during their first year in Ottawa. West Ottawa Soccer largely serves the Stittsville, Kanata and West Carleton areas.

Stephanie Potter has been organizing this program at West Ottawa Soccer. She said in the fall when the refugee situation was often in the news, the club came up with this idea to help. She says the initiative fits with their club’s True Sport principles, which involves including everyone and giving back.
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West Ottawa Soccer players practice with Ottawa Fury

Boys and girls from the West Ottawa Soccer Club, including many players from Stittsville, welcomed players from the Ottawa Fury to a special practice on Tuesday night.

The Fury practiced alongside kids in a scrimmage, and ran drills during an hour-long practice at the Wesley Clover Park soccer field.  Then they signed autographs at the end of the night. Continue reading


West Ottawa Soccer launches video about parents on the sidelines

The West Ottawa Soccer Club has released a new video featuring young soccer players telling what they love – and don’t love – about parents at soccer games.

“This candid and insightful window into what children and youth have experienced during soccer games illustrates the importance for parents to stay positive, not yell or provide instruction, and let the coaches do the coaching,” wrote programs co-ordinator Sue Holland in an email to parents.

“Being a parent of 3 boys who have played at various levels with WOSC I know your child’s coach appreciates the support that you provide on and off the pitch. After viewing this video, I am reminded how important it is for all adults in these athletes lives to be aligned around what matters most … for athletes to have the best possible experience while playing the beautiful game of soccer. Thank you for your ongoing support as we look to proactively support athletes in a positive way,” wrote Holland.


Steve MacNeil is the new GM for the West Ottawa Soccer Club

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

Steve MacNeil
Steve MacNeil

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC), Canada’s second largest club, is pleased to announce that Steve MacNeil assumed the role of General Manager effective February 23.

MacNeil joins WOSC with 15 years of sport medicine business experience and over two decades of sports management experience, most recently as President of the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union. His management experiences range from grassroots youth programming to elite athlete development and organizing international sporting events, including the North American Caribbean Rugby 7s Championship in 2012. His passion for sports excellence, his education, and his business acumen make him the ideal individual to be the General Manager of WOSC.

The General Manager is responsible for all facets of Club operations including leadership and management of staff, facility management, financial planning and working with the BOD to further WOSC’s vision to be the leader in Player Development 4 Life. “After three years of an unprecedented growth and expansion, WOSC is at a critical point in our development, and we believe his appointment will help us build on our successes, and support our growth to the next level,” enthused President Brian Mason.

“It is a very exciting time for West Ottawa Soccer. With an established club vision and strategy in place, the Club has so many opportunities available to it. Working with our members, we will solidify WOSC as the definitive choice for recreational, representative and adult soccer in our region,” says MacNeil.

We invite all of our members, players, participants and community partners to welcome Steve to the WOSC family.

For more information on WOSC’s programs, visit www.wosc.com


West Ottawa Soccer Club bolsters its coaching ranks in light of continued Club growth

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has added two top caliber coaches to its technical leadership team. Mr. Traian Mateas and Mr. Kwame Telemaque will strengthen the WOSC technical staff team starting this Winter season.

In light of continued Club growth from its grassroots and recreational programming all the way to its Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) stream, adding additional technical capacity had been an important priority to the organization.

With Traian Mateas, who will assume the role of Club Head Coach for the Mini age groups from U8-U12 and Kwame Telemaque, who will take on the role as Club Technical Coach including the head coaching role for both the WOSC U13 and U14 Girls’ OPDL teams in 2015, the Club has been able to add two highly acclaimed experts to its coaching ranks led by former Canadian International Kristina Kiss as Technical Director.

Traian Mateas, who for 15 years had been a driving force behind the ascent of Capital United as one of Ottawa’s most successful Clubs at the OYSL level, will apply his coaching excellence to reinforce the creation of a complete player development pathway covering the critical golden years of learning from U8-U12 before players transition into the U13+ OPDL age groups.

Mr. Mateas played at the professional club level in Timisoara in Romania in the 70s, before embarking on his Canadian football journey in 1982. During the last 30 years, he has been coaching successfully at the Club, District, Provincial, and collegiate level, as well as running the “Soccer by Mateas School of Excellence”, while also assisting the Ontario Soccer Association as an instructor.

“It is a joy to work with innovative football minds like Kristina Kiss and her team to give the talented players under our care vastly enhanced development opportunities,” stated Mateas. “The football landscape is changing rapidly and creating development platforms that are putting the player first, this will be the recipe for our sustainable long-term success,” he added.

Kwame Telemaque, who holds a National B License, as well as a Youth Development Coaching License from the Scottish FA, most recently coached the Ottawa Fury FC’s OPDL Girls’ U13 team and acted as Ottawa Fury FC Girls’ Prospects Academy Director. He also earned coaching accolades as both past OSU Club Head Technical Coach and as the St. Anthony’s Men’s Premier Head Coach, leading that team to Provincial and National Championships.

Mr. Telemaque played at the professional level in the Belgian, Portuguese, and Irish first divisions, as well as in Canada and was a NCAA All America whilst at Felician College in 2000. Like his new colleague Traian, he also continues to be active as an OSA learning facilitator educating Coaches across the Province on Long Term Player Development.

“I am elated to join the team at WOSC to assist in the development of our promising talents and am very much looking forward to help all our athletes to take their game to the next level,” stated Telemaque. “I have built my soccer brand around focus on excellence and innovative development practices and feel  that WOSC embraces the same values in the name of football development,” he added.

Just as importantly as their work with the vast player base at WOSC, Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque will also pass on their extensive football knowledge in a mentoring capacity to coaches. In that way, they will support WOSC Technical Director Kristina Kiss, herself an OSA Learning Facilitator, in pooling and passing on their expertise for the benefit of all involved.

“The excellence and leadership quality of our coaches are an absolutely critical success factor for challenging our players to be the best that they can be,” added WOSC President Brian Mason. “In Traian and Kwame, WOSC has found two top caliber experts that will help us to once again raise the bar for the benefit of all our WOSC Warriors,” he added.

Both Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque have begun their work within the WOSC Winter Training Program.


West Ottawa Soccer Club announces exciting new changes to its technical leadership team

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (“WOSC) announced today that Mr. Chris Roth will join the Club as of December 1st, 2014 as its new Club Head Coach. Mr. Roth takes over for former Club Head Coach David Hannah, who has recently decided to leave the Club at the end of November to return home to Scotland.


Mr. Roth, who holds an UEFA A Coaching license from the Irish Football Association, has previously worked as Club Head Coach of the Gatineau Soccer Club, where he was responsible for the implementation of all player and coaching development programs. In that capacity he among other things developed a winter development program for the Club’s academy teams, conducted coaching clinics, and assisted in the evaluation and selection of competitive teams.

Before his time at the helm of the Gatineau Soccer Club, Mr. Roth worked as the General Manager of the Ottawa Fury FC, where he oversaw the Club’s growth to a full Youth Academy set-up. While with the Fury, Mr. Roth also acted as Head Coach for the U14, U15, and U16 Boys’ teams, coaching them successfully in the Super Y-League, as well as for the Men’s PDL, and the W1 League teams over a number of seasons. As a course instructor for the Ontario and Quebec Soccer Associations over the last decade or so, Mr. Roth has also honed and proven his extensive skill in coaching coaches.

One of his key responsibilities with WOSC will be the head coaching role of both the Club’s U13 and U14 Ontario Player Development League Boys’ teams for the 2015 season and beyond. Based on his rich coaching experience in the community club, regional, and provincial environments and his track record of nurturing talents to the next level, Mr. Roth is excellently suited for the task at hand.

“WOSC is pleased to have been able to recruit a soccer expert like Chris, who brings a breadth and depth of soccer development experience to the Club,” stated TD Kristina Kiss. “Based on his global soccer knowledge and thorough local appreciation of the opportunities and challenges within our Ontario soccer community, he will be able to help us continue to move the Club forward.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build something special at WOSC and help the Club attain its vision of becoming the foremost development Club in Ontario and across Canada in the coming years,” stated Chris Roth. “The Club has a tremendous team in place including TD Kristina Kiss and Traian Mateas. I am looking forward to working with them very closely and taking the Club to the next level,” he added.

Notwithstanding the excitement about being able to add another high quality coach to the WOSC technical leadership team, WOSC is also very grateful for what outgoing Club Head Coach David Hannah has brought to the organization.

“We very much appreciate David’s efforts during his tenure with the Club, especially his leadership of our U13 Boys’ OPDL program and the initiative he brought to our coach mentorship programs,” stated WOSC CEO Bjorn Osieck. “It is unfortunate to see him go and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours in soccer.”

“I would like to thank all members of the WOSC family for their support over the last year and wish the Club all the best going forward,” added David Hannah.