FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VAUGHAN, ON (September 30, 2014) — The Ontario Soccer Association and Gatorade are joining forces around the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL), the province’s first standards-based high performance program. Gatorade will sponsor the OPDL through the 2016 season as the exclusive sport beverage partner.
In 2014, 34 teams from 18 clubs took the pitch in April in the U-13 age group. The OPDL will add the U-14 age group in 2015, and will continue to add an age group in each successive year.
“The OSA is excited to partner with Gatorade, a global leader in high performance sport, on the OPDL,” league Technical Director Mirco Schroff said. “The OPDL takes a holistic approach to elite athlete development, and sport nutrition is certainly part of that. It is a tremendous opportunity to educate our coaches to have Gatorade as our official sponsor.”
Gatorade provides hydration stations at each OPDL centralized venue on game days for the duration of the season, which runs through November. It is also providing OPDL License Holders with product for training, and coach education across the league.
ABOUT THE OSA AND OPDL
The Ontario Soccer Association provides leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. Founded in 1901 it is one of the oldest and largest sport organizations in Canada. OPDL is the province’s first standards-based youth high performance league that combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards. This exciting new youth high performance program is an important component of the overall movement to adopt the core principles of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) across soccer at large in Ontario and Canada.