“Our goal at Bob Acton Sports is to develop talented hockey players, but also happy and confidants ones.
"We’re not here to trying to develop strictly elite hockey players, we are trying to develop any boy or girl to play hockey for the rest of their life."
— Bob Acton,founder
Bob Acton Sports, formerly known as “Hockey and Homework” and “Beaches Sports Academy” was founded in 2003 by Bob Acton. What started as a simple after school program involving one hour of hockey and one hour of homework, has now developed into a staple for hockey and lacrosse development in the Beaches Community.
“Our goal at Bob Acton Sports is to develop talented hockey players, but also happy and confidents ones. It is important to note that we’re not here to trying to develop strictly elite hockey players, we are trying to develop any boy or girl to play hockey for the rest of their life.
We develop kids and the ones that really want to chase the dream, we make sure that we’re moving forward and providing the mentorship for them… it goes way beyond the hockey. Parents need advice for where their kids want to go, whether its possible school opportunities, scholastic opportunities, junior programs… and we have a plethora of experience within this field.
We don’t want to look at this as a hockey program as we do a lot of dryland programs, lacrosse programs, ball hockey programs… we simply want to be a place in the area where parents trust us and develop some really good life skills”.
“A lot of people talk about the hockey, but we want to develop people who can give back to the community. We want them to really help kids and we want them to tell their stories. Maybe they were intimidated by Bob Acton and his sternness or discipline, but later on they realize that my bark is much bigger than my bite. There is a lot of discipline that we hope they can apply in life”.
— Bob Acton
Bob Acton's legacy lives on through his son, Reid, who has the same passion for hockey and lacrosse development in the East end of Toronto.
Reid Acton started playing hockey at 9 years old. Reid played his youth hockey for the Wexford Raiders and the Toronto Young Nationals AAA.
In 2005, he was drafted to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. Instead of playing junior hockey, Reid elected to attend Westminster prep school in Connecticut, where he played hockey and lacrosse.
Upon graduation, while choosing between hockey and lacrosse — Reid accepted a lacrosse scholarship to #1 ranked Division I, Loyola University Maryland, where he later became captain of the team, won a national championship and was a two-time All American.
Reid currently plays professional lacrosse in the NLL for the Georgia Swarm and the MLL for the Florida Launch.
Reid is currently Head Recruiter at the Hill Academy in Toronto and is a certified Youth Agility and Speed Specialist
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