Maccabi Soccer Clinics take shape at Leo Baeck South

As part of our continued effort to engage with Jewish Day Schools and offer educational and active sports programs Maccabi Canada and Leo Baeck South have taken their successful 3 year-long partnership to the next level.

The school approached Maccabi Canada for elite coaches and athletes to run the first of many sports clinics at the school as part of a new initiative to provide each student the opportunity to take part in sports, be active, and have fun.

The fall season kicked off with the Maccabi Canada Soccer Clinic.  Ilya Orlov and Dror David, both Maccabi Canada athletes who at the 2013 Maccabiah won Canada’s first bronze medal in men’s open soccer, ran the clinics and coached the students over the course of 6 weeks.

“Leo Baeck has greatly benefitted from Maccabi Canada’s elite athletes. Our school has started a new initiative to provide development opportunities to all students, not just those on school teams. Maccabi athletes held clinics for our students during and after school hours, offering new and exciting drills and playing tactics. Students enjoy the opportunities to interact and learn from Maccabi Canada’s athletes, it’s a wonderful partnership” emphasized Carly Schelberg and Ryan Odes, both Physical Education teachers at the school.

Both Ilya and Dror designed clinics that encompassed the basic skills to understand, learn and play the game of soccer while ensuring the students had fun. “It was definitely an enjoyable experience coaching the students at the Leo Baeck School. It was great to see that the school stresses the importance of not only being active mentally in school but also physically through the action of sport and recreation” said Dror.

“With just a few short training sessions the students were able to grasp the basics of the game of soccer. From the drills that were performed throughout practice, they were able to apply what we did from the exercises straight into a game situation”, he added.

Ilya and Dror expressed their passion for the game and knowledge they have gained as players and coaches to the students of Leo Baeck.  Both men shared their Maccabiah experience and hoped they inspired the students to be the best that they can be and maybe one day represent Canada as a future Maccabiah athlete.

“It was a great experience coming into Leo Baeck Day School to run the soccer clinics for the Grade 6-8 boys and girls. Having myself been a Maccabiah athlete in the past 2 Maccabi Games (Sao Paulo 2011 and Israel 2013) on the Open Men’s soccer team, it is a privilege and honor to give back and inspire the next generation of Jewish Canadian athletes, now as a coach” expressed Ilya Orlov.

Thank you to The Leo Baeck Hebrew Day School and their staff for giving Maccabi Canada the opportunity to provide soccer clinics to the students, and to our Maccabi athletes/coaches for running an excellent program, mentoring the students and for giving back to the community.