SPNG NEWS CORNER
SUMMER RESIDENTIAL CAMP
WE ARE EXCITED TO GROW! After the merger with Tiger Goalkeeping Academy on January 1st, 2021, SPNG will now offer goalkeeper specific training in addition to their already establsihed field training. SPNG Academy Director, Paddy Hoepp, and TGA Director, Chris Taborn, have been in talks for a while about the possibility of combining field and goalkeeper training.
Tiger Goalkeeping Academy was a year-round goalkeeper training program that provided goalkeeper services from 2016 to 2020, and was ran by Chris Taborn and his staff of professional and licensed goalkeeper coaches. TGA was well-known all around Chicagoland for hosting many goalkeeper courses, clinics, and camps at an affordable price with a staff of trusted and beloved coaches. SPNG will be inheriting all of TGA's services and programs and will be adding them to SPNG Academy's list of services.
Chris Taborn will be coming on board in the role as the SPNG Academy GK Operations Manager, where he will be organizing and setting up all goalkeeper events and programs. Former TGA coach, Brandon Silvera, will also be coming on board as the Goalkeeper Director of Coaching, leading the goalkeeper programs while also ensuring the development of all goalkeepers. We are very excited to grow SportsNet global as an entire organization and adding more value to our SPNG academy program.
SPNG SUMMER PROGRAM
SPNG Academy is currently running weekly session for their field players at Roma Sports Club for the age groups of 2006-2008. This is an invite only training opportunity, so if you're an experienced soccer player that's interested, please reach out to us!
2022 - SPNG Academy traveling to Germany
We are excited to announce that we will be sending our first official SPNG elite team to Germany during the summer 2022. This trip was originally planned for this year, however it had to be moved into 2022, due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions. To provide an exceptional overseas soccer experience for our players, we plan on participating in multiple youth tournaments, playing a variety of friendly games and do some sightseeing throughout Germany.
Coach of the Month: Jonah Nuno-Sheldon
Our coach of the month is SPNG Academy Technical Coach, Jonah Nuno-Sheldon. Though he is a younger coach, Chris has been on the soccer coaching and training scene in Chicago for a while now, especially as a specialized goalkeeper coach. He started and ran arguably one of Chicagoland's most popular goalkeeper training programs, Tiger Goalkeeping Academy (TGA), for five years from 2016-2020. Since graduating from college, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Olivet Nazarene University for two years, and his now the assistant coach for Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his youth career, he played at the highest level U.S. Soccer has to offer playing for Chicago Fire Juniors, Sockers FC, and even trained with Chicago Fire Academy for two years. During his college career, Chris played at Olivet Nazarene University and helped lead the Tigers to two Conference Titles, two Conference Tournament Championships, and three NAIA Nationals Appearances.
After his playing career, Chris became extremely passionate about coaching and helping young goalkeepers reach their full potential.
With SPNG Chris is excited to work with young players and help guide them in their journey to reach their highest potentials at the college or professional level.
SPNG ACADEMY TRYOUTS
We are planning on hosting an overnight summer camp at Olivet Nazarene University this upcoming summer. Olivet has been the home of the Chicago Bears, utilizing Olivet's facilities for their preseason camp, the last several years. With the professional NFL team moving back to the City of Chicago, this will open up the opportunity for us to run an overnight camp for all SPNG players. Experiencing state-of-the art facilities and providing a fun training environemnt for all of our players is something we are looking forward to. More information regarding our summer camp will be announced very soon!
APRIL 2ND GK CLINIC
Join the SPNG Academy goalkeeper program on Friday, April 2nd for their annual Spring Clinic. This two hour training day camp will last from 9am-11am will be open to all goalkeepers ages u12-u19. The clinic will be $50 per goalkeeper and will be put on by coach Chris and his staff over professional goalkeeper coaches. Click here to reserve your spot!