The female role of CNHP

The National Center for High Performance (CNHP), which trains a very large percentage of the young elite in soccer, will only welcome girls as of September. But this does not mean that he is giving up on the boys. Double-change explanations of course.

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At the top of CNHP’s list of 2020-2021 athletes identified, there are several well-known names. Among the following, many will soon appear.

At the moment, the center is training 49 girls and 23 boys, says Rudi Dolescat, the technical assistant for the programs. Concretely, on a daily basis, former Impact defender directs CNHP’s activities.

This year’s boys’ group will be the last. When summer returns, the girls will only appear every afternoon at the Bois-de-Boulogne sports center, in Laval, where the training is taking place.

why ? In order to put an end to what seemed to be duality with CF Montreal?

“Yes, in a sense,” says Mr Dolescat. Although I am still convinced that there are more than 20 good players in Quebec between U14, U15 and U17. “

However, the approach will change, but CNHP will continue to work with the boys. This new model will have its advantages, the former player adds. It will provide more flexibility, and will allow “open the program a little more”.

To avoid delving into the somewhat heavy-duty explanations, let’s just say this reorganization on the part of males will therefore be less restrictive. Today, for various reasons, young people have had to be ignored at times, for at least a year.

“In the new format, we have a lot of show space. There will be activities at certain times when we will be able to bring together all the young people who interest us, and work with them on identity, and on what is necessary to reach the highest level,” explains Rudi Dolescat.

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Rudi Dulscat

It is a change in the method of operation. But there will still be a program aimed at identifying the potential of the most beautiful males and helping them to move forward.

– Rudi Dollscat, CNHP Program Technical Assistant

A path that could become, for some of them, the gateway to CF Montreal and the National Youth Program.

Plenty for boys.

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Busy days

CNHP is an integral part of Soccer Quebec. Since 2006, he has been using the Sports Study Structure – “to supervise a group of high-potential players, in our opinion,” notes Rudy Dolscat – and work with 13 schools.

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First and second secondary students, who are considered very young, are left in their clubs, whether or not they live in the metropolitan area.

At CNHP, there are young men from III to V high school who have been recruited by the staff. Some, because they come from the regions, must live with host families to benefit from the supervision of Doliscat and his group.

In short, student-athletes are in school in the morning – on-site or remote, with context we know – and in CNHP in the afternoons, starting at 1:30 pm.

In the program: A training session from 2 pm until 3:30 pm or from 3:30 pm until 5 pm. The Bois-de-Boulogne Sports Center has two indoor and four outdoor courts (two natural and two artificial).

Before or after, is the period of study, in a room designated for this purpose.

But generally, young men jump onto the ground in groups at 2 p.m. After this, an additional training block may follow. Strength training, for example, is at RTP Performance, where one of the three private clinics is located in the Sports Center. Or my mind setting workshop.

“There is a bunch of things about high-level training that could be part of that second set of training. But at the moment, because of COVID, an activity like mental preparation, we’re not going to do that in the arena. Zoom in », Explains Rudi Doleescat.

At five in the evening, go home. Often times, the youngsters will have another training session with their club in the evening. A somewhat hellish pace.

For girls, that’s exactly what will change. After the summer, CNHP participants will focus exclusively there. For them, no more clubs.

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“It might be too much”

Unlike the boys, the basis for the current performance of CNHP on the female side will be maintained. But the duplication with their area club will stop.

“The biggest advantage I see is managing the athlete on a physical level. Currently, they leave CNHP, eat fast, go to the club, come home late. If they have homework, they should do it.” Said Julie Castelman, the women’s soccer coordinator at Soccer Quebec: “They don’t have a perfect sleep”.

As of September, the young girls on CNHP will mainly be together.

“We can think it is too much at the moment and some measurements show us that it may be too much. The coordinator adds that there is an accumulation of fatigue, which is a lifestyle that is not necessarily good for a young person of those ages.”

One thing is for sure, CNHP will remain a central platform for developing Quebec’s young elite in football. We run away from crafting the “main stage”. Rudy Dollscat is uncomfortable with this term.

“Every club is developing. What we’re trying to do is identify those who might have a few extra things now and put the resources around them that will allow them to exploit these qualities to the fullest,” he notes. But the person who has the potential is, and he’s at home, and hires. A private coach, etc., who can finally continue to advance and reach the level of the national team. ”

“Outside of clubs, what we can do is be more complete, have more experience, perhaps, as coaches. And more financial and structural resources to supervise the youngster.”

In short, as in any field, there is not only one way. A good example is Evelyn Fiennes, she was neither a member of the Quebec teams nor trained at CNHP. This does not prevent her from playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today and from being part of the Canadian national team.

And we must not forget that the regions also have mathematical study programs.

But for Gabriel Karl, the nationally trained advocate, there is no doubt. His five years (2012 to 2017) at the National Center for High Performance had a huge impact on his progress.

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Gabriel Carl

It’s simple, if I hadn’t gone to CNHP, I wouldn’t have made it to the national team.

Gabriel Carl, Canadian team defender

“I learned a lot from the coaches there, especially Ruddy.” She said in a telephone interview, on the eve of her National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals with the Seminoles at Florida State University.

Last Monday, in the final match, his team lost in a penalty shootout against Santa Clara, who was played by Marika Guay. It also comes from CNHP.

The ancient continent in the lead

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Melina Discary and Audrey Chelsea Francois

Like other elected members of CNHP, Melina Discary and Audrey Chelsea Francois don’t have a typical agenda for a teenager.

Managing both studies and constant participation in football at a high level is not easy. They shook their heads.

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“It takes a lot of discipline, honestly. Make sure you set the priorities in the right place and take on your responsibilities. Once you can do that, it becomes easy to manage,” says Audrey, who teaches at Saint-Gabriel. But you really need to be disciplined. “

“Going out on Saturday nights is not part of our lifestyle,” Melina continues.

There is doubt as to the form …

“No really! My weekend is my rug studies, I work, I have to go to bed to be in good shape.”

“It’s a way of life, literally,” says Audrey.

Lifestyle. 17 years old.

Melina, a midfielder, says if not this year in her early teens, she has been playing football since she was four years old. Audrey started at the age of seven.

They have been at CNHP for three years, as they especially love the constant and close monitoring of the coaches. On Earth, they are from four to six Coaches with girls.

After staying at Mortagne School, Mélina will take the road to Champlain College in the fall, and then in August 2022, she will depart to Florida State University where she will join the Seminoles, one of the department’s top organizations. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The leap is made thanks to Rudy Doliscat and Sports Ambitions, who help young athletes from here secure a place in American universities.

Audrey, the forward, claims to be in contact with universities south of the border as well, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

‘The United Nations at the Next Level’

This interview cut short the players’ study period, just moments before they took over the management of one of the Bois-de-Boulogne Sports Center outdoor courts.

At the end of their college careers, they are both keen to embark on a professional career. An increasing likelihood as women’s leagues have multiplied over the years (read tomorrow).

Near us, NWSL has 10 clubs, all of them in the United States. Among them are Quebecers Evelyn Fiennes and Bianca St. George.

But the first thing the two young CNHP athletes dream of is Europe. Their expression makes this clear.

England, France and Spain offer the most frequent overseas circles.

Since I was little, I want to go pro. I always thought about playing for a team in Europe or the United States. The pay isn’t always easy, but I don’t play for the money. I play for the passion. So, definitely if I get the chance to play in Europe, I will.

Audrey Francois Chelsea

Mélina is also open to various scenarios, including NWSL.

“But playing in Europe is like the next level, I think. This is definitely my first choice.”

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