UNITED DFC is delighted to announce that former professional player and Dalhousie Tigers Men’s Soccer title winner Ben Ur has joined the club as Skills School Goalkeeping Coach.

Ben will work with our Boys Division keepers in our High Performance training programs in both Skills School and the newly-launched Performance Plus environment.

He joins fellow former Dalhousie championship winning alumni Cristina Barreiro who takes charge of the development of our girls’ goalkeepers at this level.

Ben played for seven years as a pro in Israel after graduating from Dalhousie where he had five stellar seasons.

He led the Tigers to an AUS Championship in 2008 and CIS All-Canadian three years later.

Ben said: “I’m really looking forward to beginning my work when the program kicks off on June 1.

“I’ve been working as a keeper coach both at Dalhousie and Acadia in the University environment and got a taste of life at United DFC coaching with the club two years ago.

“It’s great to be back and I know there are a lot of top young talents at the club to work with.”

Technical Director (Youth and Senior) Iain King has been thrilled to see 119 players registered and committed now to extra sessions outside of their team schedules.

Iain said: “Surrounding our young players with positive influences like Ben is a huge part of their development journey.

“He joins Cristina, our female Skills School Ambassador Lauren Windsor and our Male Skills School Ambassador Josh Bowser on the team now.

“They are all shining examples to our young players of how to improve yourself both on and off the field.

“I see Skills School and Performance Plus as game-changing programs in terms of the culture of the club for our dedicated High Performance players.

“Phase One was a huge success and the players enjoyed the visits from top University Head Coaches and that will continue.

“We have now also drafted in a top sports psychologist and nutritionist to boost the value of the programs and I am sure the players will benefit greatly from their knowledge also.”