Skill Centre Program

Program Description:

Program Description

The HDSC Skill Centre Program is designed for players who desire a more challenging and competitive playing environment. The primary goal of the program is to assist the player in reaching their maximum potential. This program follows the HDSC performance player pathway and feeds our Competitive streams. 

Program Details:

Program Details

Age Group Training

  • Open to all U8-U11 players (Born 2016-2012)
  • Players are typically grouped by age and gender into teams/training groups
  • New Coach Mentorship Program implemented and run by the Technical Director to support coach development for the benefit of our players


Season Length 

  • 16 Weeks, October 30, 2022 through March 5, 2023


Season Details 

  • One weekly technical practice on turf (Sundays at BMOSC, time is TBD)
  • One weekly technical practice in a school gym (Mondays, gyms and time are TBD)
  • U8/U9 weekly NSSL games in a festival format
  • U10/U11 weekly NSSL games in a festival format    



  • Adidas training kit (socks, shorts and training shirt)
  • Adidas game-day jersey

Halifax Dunbrack Soccer Club is excited to announce that starting this Winter Season, we are partnering with Cleve’s to supply our members with the club’s new Adidas soccer kit (shorts, socks and training shirt) and Adidas game-day jersey, which will be theirs to keep! This will apply to all players in the following programs:


  • Skill Centre Program
  • Community Program
  • Development Program
  • High Performance Program
  • Premier Program


After you complete the registration process, please click on the ORDER link to place your order for your soccer kit and jersey. The online site also has a selection of additional items available for purchase and includes a size chart to make ordering easy. The first order period is from September 1-17, 2022. Orders will be bundled by team at the Cleve’s in Dartmouth and will be picked up by the team manager and distributed to players at their practice. 


All players in the above programs MUST order the applicable “bundle” so they have a kit and jersey for the Winter Season. The club will no longer hand out training shirts or game-day jerseys for league games.


While you wait for your order to be ready, please do your best to utilize the kit that you already have for any pre-season training. 



The fee for all of the above Skill Centre Program age groups is $485.

Fees include: 

  • Facility costs
  • Technical Leads, coaches and technical staff
  • Player registration/insurance with governing bodies
  • Training equipment
  • Administrative fees (operational, registration system, processing)
  • League fees (games, facilities, referee, administration)

Registration Deadline:

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is September 30, 2022. However, these programs usually fill up well before the registration deadline. Please register early to avoid disappointment. 



The Skill Centre Program is led by our Technical Director and assisted by the Skill Centre Coordinator, George Athanasiou. They will be supported by qualified C-Licensed Dunbrack coaches or technical staff. All coaches are a part of the Halifax Dunbrack Coach Development Program. 

If you are interested in coaching with Dunbrack Soccer, please contact George Athanasiou

Program Curriculum:

Program Curriculum

The Skill Centre Program follows the GAG methodology (game - activity - game) and consists of the following skill building activities: 

  • Ball mastery
  • Passing and receiving - both feet
  • Shooting - both feet
  • Dribbling
  • Defending
  • Shielding
  • Athleticism building
  • Turning
  • 1v1 mastery
  • Small-sided games

Financial Assistance:

Financial Assistance

As a not-for-profit soccer club, we strive to balance low program fees with superior coaching and training opportunities. We are proud to offer the following supports for our members:

  • We offer payment by monthly installments through our Demosphere registration platform. 
  • We support outside funding opportunities available through KidSport and Jumpstart.
  • Dunbrack Soccer offers in-house funding for players through our Everyone Plays initiative for players who have maxed out their annual funding from outside funding organizations.  
  • Members who require further assistance are asked to contact George Athanasiou, HDSC Director of Operations.  

Need to Know:

Need to Know

  • Training schedules are subject to change based on facility availability. 
  • We are unable to accommodate schedule change requests from individual families. 
  • Game schedules are set by the Nova Scotia Soccer League (NSSL), not by the club. 
  • There will be no make-up sessions or pro-rated fees based on lost training sessions or games due to school closures, inclement weather or late registration. 
  • Please familiarize yourself with our Refund Policy before you register so you are aware of important deadlines in the event that you need to withdraw from a program. 



If you have any questions regarding the Skill Centre Program, please contact:

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