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Building the Complete Soccer Athlete: Train Like a Pro

A complete up-to-date training resource for soccer athletes

“The Complete System for soccer players and coaches who want to improve their game.”

Josh Hewett, Athletic Director, and Clayton Rosario, Technical Director, team up to bring you a comprehensive training resource for soccer athletes. The DVD, Building the Complete Soccer Athlete: Train Like a Pro, covers a wide variety of technical drills with the ball to improve touch, speed, and moves to beat an opponent on any part of the field, as well as equally important, yet often neglected, speed, strength and conditioning exercises. The basics of sport psychology and nutrition are introduced as well.

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Port Colborne man shares tips, training techniques in DVD

After years of touring Europe, learning from top soccer pros and sharing his knowledge with students, Clayton Rosario is sharing his soccer knowledge through a new DVD.

“Kids always ask how to get stronger and better and I wanted to produce a personal training DVD for players that they can do,” he said.

Building the Complete Soccer Athlete: Train Like a Pro comprehensive training resource for soccer players includes a two-hour DVD and a complimentary training booklet.

The DVD includes a high-performance training warm up, strength training, speed and power development, endurance training, flexibility and a weekly program overview.

The total technique development aspect touches on warming up, juggling, one-on-one attacking moves and creative moves for defenders.

The lessons not only touch on building strength and technique, the DVD and pamphlet also addresses nutrition with a sample diet and the mental aspect of the game with sport psychology.

“I’ve had excellent feedback worldwide.” It took one year to film all aspects for the DVD in Toronto, where Rosario has the Elite Soccer Development training centre.

He also teaches Niagara’s budding soccer stars at Niagara Elite training at the Niagara Sportsplex in Niagara Falls. All the video editing was done in Niagara to compile 17 years of coaching experience in addition to numerous international coaching clinics into easy-to-follow lessons.

Personal trainer Josh Hewett also shows athletes how to properly warm up, effective exercises, mental conditioning techniques for enhanced performance and how to improve eating habits. Rosario said the training is good for athletes aged eight and up since players can control the intensity.

“It’s always been a passion of mine to help players become technically strong,” he said. “You can get fit in four weeks, but technique takes years.”

He said the DVD is also an excellent tool for coaches looking to develop technically sound players since it addresses defender, midfield and striker positions.

Rosario’s website provides a sneak peak at the DVD, pricing information and its monthly mailing list provides visitors with extra tips. To date, about 200 copies of the DVD have been sold and his goal is to sell 100,000 copies. He said despite Port Colborne and Niagara’s strong hockey roots, he hopes to one day bring an intentional soccer tournament to the area to “make Niagara a hot bed for soccer.”

His next step to further soccer in the area will be to have five academic teams in Niagara including a co-ed under eight team, a co-ed under 10 team, an under 12 boys team, an under 14 boys team and an under 17 boys team.