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San Antonio ETA Program


Sting San Antonio proudly presents the “Emerging Talent Academy” (ETA) as a supplementary program that serves to provide female players with player-centered training with a view to accelerate development in several areas. Most notably, with technical ability. Developed by our ETA Committee, comprised of the Director of Coaching, Technical Director and Lead Staff throughout the organization, the program is designed to address some of the obvious deficiencies in the youth female game and better prepare players for the transition to higher level play. The Spring 2019 ETA Program will serve players born in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005

Technique is the foundation of all elite level players and subsequently is the primary focus throughout the 12-session curriculum. Periodically, alternative activities may be provided such as classroom sessions, gym sessions, webinars or visits to live soccer games locally. Utilization of research in sports psychology, nutrition, fitness & physical enhancement, sports science and match analysis will drive development in an holistic fashion to better prepare players for the demands of the game at the highest levels of play. 

The ETA is an elite environment that strives to prepare players for the demands of select soccer. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory and an adherence to a strict code of conduct absolutely necessary. Parents are exempt from observing from close proximity during field sessions. Failure to comply will result in immediate exclusion from the program. We have such high expectation and standards in order to mimic those players and families will be exposed to at higher levels of play.


  • Sunday February 17 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday February 24 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday March 3 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Saturday March 16 - 4pm - 5.30pm (Changed from 03/17)
  • Sunday March 24 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday March 31 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday April 7 - 4pm - 5.30pm: CANCELLED (Reschedule 05/21)
  • Sunday April 14 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday April 28 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday May 5 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Sunday May 12 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Friday May 17th - 6pm - 7.30pm (05/19 Reschedule)
  • Sunday May 19th - 4pm - 5.30pm CANCELLED (Reschedule 05/17)
  • Tuesday May 21st - 6pm - 7.30pm (04/07 Reschedule)

All sessions to be held at GVTC Communications Sportsplex @ 29064 Bulverde Rd, San Antonio, TX 78260 (unless otherwise noted)


What is the Emerging Talent Academy (ETA)?

The Emerging Talent Academy for Sting San Antonio is a supplemental training program to further enhance awareness and ability in several areas. All U8-U14 aged female players are invited to sign up - It is open to all! Developed by our ETA committee, the program is an extension of the Sting Soccer Club curriculum. The program is inclusive of 12 training sessions at a cost of $300. Sessions are predominately held at the GVTC Communications Sportsplex @ 29064 Bulverde Rd, San Antonio, TX 78260 (pending weather / availability.) A detailed schedule for the upcoming / current cycle is outlined above.


Who is it for?

All U8-U14 female players are invited to sign up - It is open to all! No invitation is necessary.


What does the program focus on / include?

Players’ are further challenged to develop the technical and tactical expertise necessary for a successful transition into the higher levels of play. Repetition and teaching is highly weighted in favor of technical development. Our highly trained staff work to promote excellence with individual ball mastery, dribbling, running with the ball, turning and 1v1 attack/defense. The curriculum dedicates 3-4 sessions to an individual technique. Therefore across 12 sessions we typically cover 3 techniques.


Who will coach my daughter?

The program will be staffed by a number of highly trained Sting San Antonio staff under the direction of Sting Technical Director Stuart Hilton and Sting SA Director Martin Smith.


What are the benefits of being involved?

Aside from the obvious benefits such as improvements in playing ability through expert teaching and added repetition, other benefits include:

- Player Identification: Coaching staff are able to better engage in player identification for potential selection to higher level programs such as ID2, ECNL etc.

College Preparation: Players are able to demonstrate a higher level of commitment to their personal soccer development through engagement in the program. Plus, reap the benefits of greater technical ability that is a MUST in the collegiate game.

Club Philosophy: Players are further taught foundational techniques, terminology and principles of play that align with the clubs vision and philosophy. Transition to the higher levels of play within the organization becomes much more ‘fluid’ - further enhancing the ability for success / impact.

Individual Development: The ETA program does not cater to team preparation or team tactics. It's strictly designed to enhance individual player development primarily on a technical level. Achieved through maximum high intensity repetition with the ball and expert feedback throughout each and every session

Weekly Email Update: Participants will receive a weekly update related to the session focus, major coaching points and activities utilized to facilitate further reflection, learning and inspire further practice at home.

Club Culture: Participants get to play and interact with other players and coaches (different from their team) on a weekly basis from with the Sting organization.


What is the Emerging Talent Academy (ETA) Schedule?

  • Spring Program (12 Session Program Feb - May)
  • Summer Camp (5 Day Camp)
  • Fall Program (12 Session Program Sept - Dec)
  • Winter Camp (3 Day Camp)


Stuart Hilton

Stuart Hilton

Technical Director

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Sting SA Director of Coaching

Katie  Kasperitis

Katie Kasperitis

Sting SA Academy Director