ENCE unveil Finnish academy roster
The latest organization to join the Counter-Strike academy scene has unveiled its full junior roster.
ENCE Academy have announced the formation of their academy team, which will be making their LAN debut at the start of August in the Assembly Summer CS:GO Pro Tournament, where they will be facing off against the top teams of Finland.
The Finnish organization's academy squad consists of Veeti "S1rva" Sirva, who will be taking the IGL role, Paavo "podi" Heiskanen manning the AWP, and three riflers in the form of Ville "myltsi" Vilkman, Henri "HENU" Ylilehto and Youssef "juissi" Adam.
The academy program has taken six months to set up in partnership with Esportal, which enabled the organization to find upcoming talents. Eemeli "Woomera" Ikonen is appointed Program Lead, while the team will be coached by George "Whitey" White, who was chosen through an application process. The British coach has had a fair bit of coaching experience so far, as he fulfilled the role on domestic teams such as Vexed and Endpoint Academy.
myltsi is probably the most known member of the roster, as he enjoyed a four month stint in Enterprise, with the European team enjoying relative success in the lower tier events during 2022, such as a third place at Tipsport Bratislava Cup 2022.
The other members of the team have played only in domestic rosters so far, with HENU previously playing for SJ and S1rva and juissi previously playing together at EXEN. The most unknown quantity in the team is podi, as the AWPer has collected just two maps on HLTV thus far.
"Our academy team is now set, and I couldn’t be happier. We’re proud to start developing this team alongside Whitey and the whole organization. We want to offer our players the best possible growth environment to develop themselves towards the international playing field," Eemeli "Woomera" Ikonen, the Program Lead, commented about their new team.
Team coach Whitey also shared a similar view, saying: "Although the results are important to me, the team, and the organization, the biggest focus point with this team is to improve every single player both in and out of the server and to mold them into being a better player and person for their future careers in Counter-Strike."
The ENCE academy team roster is as follows:
George "Whitey" White (coach)