SPNG NEWS CORNER
MERGER WITH TGA
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.
UPCOMING TRAINING SCHEDULE
After the merger with Tiger Goalkeeping Academy, SPNG Academy is currently offering goalkeeper training for all age groups at Roma Sports Club. Starting in March, SPNG will resume their on-the-field training for all academy players. Official dates & times for our field training will be announced very soon.
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: Paddy Hoepp
Our coach of the month is SPNG Academy Director, Paddy Hoepp. Paddy provides an exceptional soccer background and brings plenty of wisdom, passion and valuable experiences to our players at SPNG. An interesting fact about Paddy is that he grew up in Germany for the vast majority of his life, leveraging his soccer skills in the professional youth academies of VFB Stuttgart and SV Darmstadt 98. Growing up, he was fortunate enough to play with well-known players that are currently competing in the top European leagues, for example Bernd Leno (FC Arsenal, England), Cenk Tosun (FC Everton, England), Roberto Soriano (FC Bologna, Italy) and many more.
After his playing career, Paddy became extremly passionate about coaching and helping young ambitious players reaching their full potential. Paddy has been a college coach for more than 6 years, as well as being a head coach for the ODP program in Illinois.
With SPNG Paddy is excited to provide our players with high professional training environemnt and international soccer experiences that will enhance their personal development.
SPNG - Summer Overnight Camp
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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2021
SportsNet Global, wishes all of our members, partners and supporters a happy and healthy new year! Let's make 2021 one of the best years ever. As an organization we are dedicated in helping all our participants reaching their goals. Especially during difficult times like this, we want to be a resource and help each playe to continously love the game of soccer and maximizing their development.