April 23, 2019
Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club is happy to announce that we are partnering with Jordan Santiago for our Goalkeeper training program this Outdoor 2019 season!
Jordan went through the ranks of Calgary Youth Soccer, with Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club, and then played up to the Canadian U20 team. When he was 15 years old, Jordan received his first opportunity to play professionally with Reading FC in England. Jordan was offered a 2-year apprenticeship with Cardiff City FC in December of 2007 and went on to play for SC Veendam in the Netherlands as a goalkeeper. He retired as a player and moved into a coaching role when he was approached by West Ham United in the English Premier League for the 2013-2014 season. Jordan is the current Cavalry FC Goalkeeper coach here in Calgary!
Jordan Santiago will be supported by current Cavalry FC goalkeepers, Marco Carducci & Niko Giantsopoulos as well as current University of Calgary Dinos WSOC Goalkeeper and Calgary Blizzard Alumna, Lauren Houghton.
Blizzard Goalkeeper Building Blocks
Blizzard follows a researched approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale, and the methods that are used to deliver The Orange Way of Playing.
Blizzard operates a building block approach to player development. Players follow an initial path heavily focused on technique and skill development and as competency increases tactical elements are introduced.
Within each building block is an extensive curriculum designed to focus on the necessary skill set. Proficiency with each block is important to ensure that the player has acquired the required skills to support their development at the next stage of the curriculum.
Each building block is tied closely together. As a player progresses through the Blizzard Pathway they will continue to work on elements of preceding stages to ensure they are consistently and simultaneously challenged on both fundamental and advanced levels.
For more details on the Goalkeeper building blocks, please see The Orange Way Approach to Development