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The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (SIMA) and Orlando City have partnered to create the Aguiluchos program.

The Aguiluchos program is a youth development program for children born between 2008 and 2014. Aguiluchos, Spanish for “little eagle,” encapsulates the focus of a long-term player development program.

Spearheaded by Mike Potempa, SIMA Director and Head Coach and Toni Hernandez, SIMA/OCDA Director of Methodology, the program is based on two principles. The first was to respect the nature of children and have fun through age-specific motor skill development, space awareness and creativity. The second is to respect the nature of the game which teaches decision-making and unpredictability training.

“We’re excited to offer the Aguiluchos program to the most important age group in the development of a soccer player,” said Potempa. “We will offer a professional training environment for talented children in the Orlando area that will focus on the basic skill sets necessary for a young child to develop at an early age. We will also continue to stress our core values of respect, hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship on and off of the field.”

With a 7:1 student-athlete to coach ratio, Aguiluchos is structured to be a seven-year, 14-semester, educational training experience that prepares student-athletes for their future through soccer values, optimizing their opportunities before the age of 12. Skilled coaches provide guidance to train creative intelligence through decision-making activities where the player makes choices and solves different game situations. Through age-appropriate training sessions and small-sided games, the physical and psychological characteristics of each age group are enhanced.

Aguiluchos is hosted on the Montverde Academy campus with the first open training session being held on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No tryouts are required for the program as each practice is an open training session. Players must register in advance online at MVASIMA.com.

About Montverde Academy:
Montverde Academy is an international, independent college preparatory school for grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies, with a boarding program serving grades 7-12. Our mission is to inspire students to become knowledgeable leaders with global vision and passion for learning, in a disciplined and diverse community that nurtures character development. For more information about MVA, visit us online at Montverde.org, and follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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