PITTSBURGH (April 9, 2018) – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Development Academy (RDA) began its new “Experience Sessions” initiative at Highmark Stadium this past week, welcoming in over 50 new local players between the ages of 8-13 to ongoing team training sessions.
Continuing this week, the “Experience Sessions” allow local youth players an opportunity to experience firsthand the program, coaches, facilities and overall environment of the Development Academy with no registration or prior costs attached.
“The ‘Experience Sessions’ are intended to create an open environment for player development and coaching education,” said Jason Kutney, Sporting Director. “The objective is to simply share our environment. We have been extremely pleased with the turnout and plan to offer more opportunities throughout the year in response to the feedback.”
The sessions total four in all, with the first two occurring at Highmark Stadium this past week and final two taking place at Montour Junction Sports Complex beginning tonight with the boys side at 5:30 p.m. and concluding with a girls session on Tuesday, April 10.
Special to tonight’s Boys session will be the attendance of Columbus Crew SC Academy GM Dennis Sanchez, who will be on hand as part of the Academy MLS-USL scouting initiative. Sanchez will attend tonight’s session at Montour before heading to Highmark Stadium to scout two RDA Boys ECNL friendlies at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These are open door sessions, as the RDA welcomes any local families or coaches interested in watching tonight’s matches.
“I am very much looking forward to visiting and further extending our relationship with the Riverhounds Development Academy,” Sanchez said. “The entire Academy has continued to lead the way in youth development across Western Pennsylvania. The ‘Experience Sessions’ is another positive example of the Hounds’ willingness to work with the local community and help players and coaches across the region, while offering the opportunity for everyone to learn in a positive environment. Crew SC Academy is excited to be a part of their long-term vision and help grow the next generation of Hounds players.”
RDA Experience Sessions Schedule
Monday, April 9 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Montour Junction Sports Complex
BOYS WITH BIRTH YEARS BETWEEN 2010 AND 2006
Tuesday, April 10 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Montour Junction Sports Complex
GIRLS WITH BIRTH YEARS BETWEEN 2010 AND 2006