Andrew Ornoch and Jorg Van Nieuwenhuyzen had two different paths on their journey to professional football. Andrew grew up in Toronto Canada playing for local amateur club teams before earning a soccer scholarship to study at the University of Detroit Mercy. By the age of 20, Andrew was playing professional football in Hungary, which led to the opportunity to play in Denmark and eventually Holland. Each step of the way was a great new learning experience.
Jorg Van Nieuwenhuyzen grew up in Holland where he would begin his development early at a local amateur club and soon he would make his way into the youth development set up of professional Dutch club RBC Roosendaal. Jorg made his professional debut at age 18. He played for three clubs in Holland over the course of his 14 year professional career.
In 2009-2010 Dutchman Jorg van Nieuwenhuyzen and Canadian Andrew Ornoch were teammates at Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo. By the Autumn of 2009 they began to discover each other’s background, and as teammates in the Eredivisie, built a lasting friendship. Their common experience and passion for football as well as their Dutch football network led them to identify the opportunity to expose Canadian youth to the excellence of Dutch soccer development. On June 7th 2011, they decided to officially found the company and named it Dutch Connections FC INC.
The two founders, Jorg and Andrew, were still playing professional football in Holland during DCFC’s first years of business. As a result, DCFC was unable to commit to a full-time player development program or organize more camps in Canada. With Andrew Ornoch’s injury inducing early retirement from professional football in early 2013, and Jorg van Nieuwenhuyzen’s permanent move to Toronto in June 2013, the founders set out to gradually and strategically build Dutch Connections FC into a unique North American company.
Presently, DCFC operates three soccer schools (Toronto, Oshawa and Mississauga), daytime school programming at Everest Academy, camps throughout the year in the Toronto area. In early 2014 DCFC formed an exciting new partnership with the Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam. DCFC introduced Feyenoord Camps Canada in the Summer of 2014 and has had a successful Summer of camps every year since. In 2016, DCFC launched its Academy program and currently provides a full year round curriculum for U8-U13 players.