Toronto Arrows Announce Avro Arrow-Inspired Senior Academy Logo
For Immediate Release
TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club is pleased to announce the logo for the club’s Senior Academy.
The logo draws inspiration from the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow: the supersonic interceptor jet aircraft designed and built in the 1950s by A.V. Roe Canada. The Arrow was one of the most advanced aircraft of its era, helping to establish Canada as a world leader in scientific research and development.
The hypersonic fighter, which served as the primary source of inspiration for the Arrows’ organizational name when the club was deciding upon a moniker in 2017, was on the cutting edge of mid-century aerospace technology: the Arrow could reach a speed nearly three times the speed of sound, travelling at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
The Avro Arrow was, and continues to be, a source of pride for Canadians. It has come to symbolize both the potential, and the unfulfilled promise, of Canadian innovation.
Guided by that same desire to remain innovative, the Toronto Arrows Academy is committed to the development of the next generation of professional and international Canadian players. Despite being faced with newfound challenges brought about by the ongoing pandemic, Academy staff continue to identify high-potential and high-performing athletes between the ages of 14 – 23 and develop these individuals into MLR-ready players through a player-centric, holistic, multi-year program.
The Junior Academy (U15-U18), whose logo was revealed earlier this month, is facilitated in partnership with Rugby Ontario; the Junior Academy then feeds into the Senior Academy (U18-U23).
For more information about the Toronto Arrows Academy and Player Pathway, click here.
With so few post-secondary and club matches played throughout 2020 and the early stages of 2021, Academy staff have opted to bring in a wider training group for the 2021 season. The increased player pool is comprised of both returning 2020 athletes and new athletes nominated by their coaches, and features representation from more than 10 post-secondary institutions and grassroots clubs.
As Ontario’s lockdown restrictions gradually ease, Academy athletes are returning to regular training sessions held across three centres: Guelph (West), Whitby (Central), and Kingston (East). The new Whitby hub has been added to the roster of returning training locations as a means of safely managing cohort size.
The larger player pool, bolstered by a significant proportion of returning players, will provide the Academy with additional time to evaluate and develop more MLR-calibre athletes despite the challenges the pandemic has caused.
Additional Academy program details will be announced in the spring.
About Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club:
The Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club is Canada’s first professional rugby union team.
Competing in Major League Rugby, the team is equipped to compete against top-tier North American professional club teams, providing emerging Canadian talent with enhanced and more frequent opportunities to hone their skills at an elite level.
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