Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer players will train the Italian way with ChievoVerona Academy

Sports Oct 11, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Three players from the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club have been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to train with Italian Serie A club ChievoVerona next March break.

Nico Angelini, 7, his nine-year-old brother Tino and eight-year-old Turner Anacleto are among just 10 youth players from across Canada chosen to attend the elite academy sessions next year. Thirty players under 15 from across North America will make the trip from March 18-23.

The Saltfleet Stoney Creek players were selected following a regional player identification camp in Grimsby back in July.

The boys found out they had been selected for the trip by email on Aug. 29.

As she read the email aloud to her sons, Melissa Angelini initially thought the boys had been shortlisted to attend a second regional identification camp. But after giving the email a second look, she realized Nico and Tino were already in.

The ChievoVerona Academy elite trip is normally designed for players born no later than Dec. 31, 2008. But organizers made an exception in Nico's case.

Nico, who only turned seven in August, is believed to be the youngest player from across North America selected for the academy trip.

Nico plays one division higher than his age group with the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U9 squad. He's a versatile striker who loves scoring goals. He's been playing the game since he was three and hopes to hone a few moves with the ChievoVerona Academy, like volleys and scissor kicks.

Tino and Nico were thrilled to find out they will be going to Italy.

"We were jumping on the table," said Nico, a Grade 2 student at Hamilton's John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School.

Tino and Turner are members of the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U10 squad, coached by Nico and Tino's dad, Rob Angelini. Rob will take part in the trip as a chaperone, along with Turner's dad, Dan.

"We were very excited," said Tino, who was barely out of diapers when he started playing soccer. Tino, a forward, loves scoring goals. The Grade 4 student at St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School hopes to work on his volleys and aerial skills with ChievoVerona.

Along the way, Nico and Tino will also spend some time with family members in Ascoli.

For Turner, who plays right or left forward, the trip will be a great opportunity to see the sights while playing the game he loves. Turner was also selected directly from the July identification camp to attend the ChievoVerona Academy elite trip.

He hopes to improve on his individual skills, like sideways kicks, during March break.

Along with general sightseeing, one of the highlights of the trip is a visit to the San Siro for a game between home side A.C. Milan and ChievoVerona. The players will tour the San Siro, as well as the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, the stadium shared by ChievoVerona and its local rival, Hellas Verona.

"It'll probably be really cool, to see a new stadium," said Turner, a Grade 4 student at Mount Albion Elementary School.

The boys' eyes also lit up when they found out they will receive an authentic ChievoVerona track suit and uniform kit.

For Rob, the excursion is not only a chance to see the sights and connect with family, but also an opportunity to add a whole new dimension to his coaching skills.

Rather than spending a great deal of time on basic groundwork, Rob said Italian soccer academies focus more on individual ball control and aerial skills.

"I'm looking forward to picking up some drills and techniques and bringing them back here and working on them with the boys," said Rob.

The players and chaperones have booked their flights and are currently fundraising to cover training and travel costs. Anyone wishing to sponsor to trip is asked to contact Rob by email at rob@angeliniconstruction.com.


Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer players will train the Italian way with ChievoVerona Academy

Sports Oct 11, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Three players from the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club have been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to train with Italian Serie A club ChievoVerona next March break.

Nico Angelini, 7, his nine-year-old brother Tino and eight-year-old Turner Anacleto are among just 10 youth players from across Canada chosen to attend the elite academy sessions next year. Thirty players under 15 from across North America will make the trip from March 18-23.

The Saltfleet Stoney Creek players were selected following a regional player identification camp in Grimsby back in July.

The boys found out they had been selected for the trip by email on Aug. 29.

As she read the email aloud to her sons, Melissa Angelini initially thought the boys had been shortlisted to attend a second regional identification camp. But after giving the email a second look, she realized Nico and Tino were already in.

The ChievoVerona Academy elite trip is normally designed for players born no later than Dec. 31, 2008. But organizers made an exception in Nico's case.

Nico, who only turned seven in August, is believed to be the youngest player from across North America selected for the academy trip.

Nico plays one division higher than his age group with the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U9 squad. He's a versatile striker who loves scoring goals. He's been playing the game since he was three and hopes to hone a few moves with the ChievoVerona Academy, like volleys and scissor kicks.

Tino and Nico were thrilled to find out they will be going to Italy.

"We were jumping on the table," said Nico, a Grade 2 student at Hamilton's John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School.

Tino and Turner are members of the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U10 squad, coached by Nico and Tino's dad, Rob Angelini. Rob will take part in the trip as a chaperone, along with Turner's dad, Dan.

"We were very excited," said Tino, who was barely out of diapers when he started playing soccer. Tino, a forward, loves scoring goals. The Grade 4 student at St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School hopes to work on his volleys and aerial skills with ChievoVerona.

Along the way, Nico and Tino will also spend some time with family members in Ascoli.

For Turner, who plays right or left forward, the trip will be a great opportunity to see the sights while playing the game he loves. Turner was also selected directly from the July identification camp to attend the ChievoVerona Academy elite trip.

He hopes to improve on his individual skills, like sideways kicks, during March break.

Along with general sightseeing, one of the highlights of the trip is a visit to the San Siro for a game between home side A.C. Milan and ChievoVerona. The players will tour the San Siro, as well as the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, the stadium shared by ChievoVerona and its local rival, Hellas Verona.

"It'll probably be really cool, to see a new stadium," said Turner, a Grade 4 student at Mount Albion Elementary School.

The boys' eyes also lit up when they found out they will receive an authentic ChievoVerona track suit and uniform kit.

For Rob, the excursion is not only a chance to see the sights and connect with family, but also an opportunity to add a whole new dimension to his coaching skills.

Rather than spending a great deal of time on basic groundwork, Rob said Italian soccer academies focus more on individual ball control and aerial skills.

"I'm looking forward to picking up some drills and techniques and bringing them back here and working on them with the boys," said Rob.

The players and chaperones have booked their flights and are currently fundraising to cover training and travel costs. Anyone wishing to sponsor to trip is asked to contact Rob by email at rob@angeliniconstruction.com.


Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer players will train the Italian way with ChievoVerona Academy

Sports Oct 11, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Three players from the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club have been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to train with Italian Serie A club ChievoVerona next March break.

Nico Angelini, 7, his nine-year-old brother Tino and eight-year-old Turner Anacleto are among just 10 youth players from across Canada chosen to attend the elite academy sessions next year. Thirty players under 15 from across North America will make the trip from March 18-23.

The Saltfleet Stoney Creek players were selected following a regional player identification camp in Grimsby back in July.

The boys found out they had been selected for the trip by email on Aug. 29.

As she read the email aloud to her sons, Melissa Angelini initially thought the boys had been shortlisted to attend a second regional identification camp. But after giving the email a second look, she realized Nico and Tino were already in.

The ChievoVerona Academy elite trip is normally designed for players born no later than Dec. 31, 2008. But organizers made an exception in Nico's case.

Nico, who only turned seven in August, is believed to be the youngest player from across North America selected for the academy trip.

Nico plays one division higher than his age group with the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U9 squad. He's a versatile striker who loves scoring goals. He's been playing the game since he was three and hopes to hone a few moves with the ChievoVerona Academy, like volleys and scissor kicks.

Tino and Nico were thrilled to find out they will be going to Italy.

"We were jumping on the table," said Nico, a Grade 2 student at Hamilton's John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School.

Tino and Turner are members of the Saltfleet Stoney Creek U10 squad, coached by Nico and Tino's dad, Rob Angelini. Rob will take part in the trip as a chaperone, along with Turner's dad, Dan.

"We were very excited," said Tino, who was barely out of diapers when he started playing soccer. Tino, a forward, loves scoring goals. The Grade 4 student at St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School hopes to work on his volleys and aerial skills with ChievoVerona.

Along the way, Nico and Tino will also spend some time with family members in Ascoli.

For Turner, who plays right or left forward, the trip will be a great opportunity to see the sights while playing the game he loves. Turner was also selected directly from the July identification camp to attend the ChievoVerona Academy elite trip.

He hopes to improve on his individual skills, like sideways kicks, during March break.

Along with general sightseeing, one of the highlights of the trip is a visit to the San Siro for a game between home side A.C. Milan and ChievoVerona. The players will tour the San Siro, as well as the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, the stadium shared by ChievoVerona and its local rival, Hellas Verona.

"It'll probably be really cool, to see a new stadium," said Turner, a Grade 4 student at Mount Albion Elementary School.

The boys' eyes also lit up when they found out they will receive an authentic ChievoVerona track suit and uniform kit.

For Rob, the excursion is not only a chance to see the sights and connect with family, but also an opportunity to add a whole new dimension to his coaching skills.

Rather than spending a great deal of time on basic groundwork, Rob said Italian soccer academies focus more on individual ball control and aerial skills.

"I'm looking forward to picking up some drills and techniques and bringing them back here and working on them with the boys," said Rob.

The players and chaperones have booked their flights and are currently fundraising to cover training and travel costs. Anyone wishing to sponsor to trip is asked to contact Rob by email at rob@angeliniconstruction.com.