Whitecaps FC set to start new season of training programs

Registration now open for fall/winter sessions

Are you looking to take your soccer skills to the next level? Registration is now underway for Whitecaps FC training programs. The programs are separated into two segments, player training and goalkeeper training. Today, we take a look at the player training side.

The WFC training programs provide a professional soccer environment for motivated players who aspire to improve in every aspect of their game. This consists of an 18-week schedule, with sessions once per week at the Whitecaps FC Training Facility at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Registration is open to U-14, U-16 and U-18 boys and girls currently competing in the Metro Select League.

“Our training programs are an excellent opportunity for players who are committed to developing the technical, tactical and physical skills necessary to advance to higher levels of play,” said Dave Irvine, Whitecaps FC Manager of Technical Programs. “Having professional level coaching is an invaluable tool for aspiring young soccer players.”

The curriculum and sessions have been developed by the Whitecaps FC professional coaching staff and are designed for players that are in club and/or academy programs and want supplemental professional training. The program incorporates technique training; speed, agility and quickness drills; tactical training and match play.

Among the group of professional coaches on hand to run the training sessions are Residency staff coaches Bart Choufour and Rich Fagan. Additionally, as part of the training programs participants will also be visited by current Vancouver Whitecaps FC men’s and women’s first team players.

Developing through the training programs also creates the opportunity of advancing through the Whitecaps FC club structure. Successful participants in the training program include current Whitecaps FC U-18 Girls Elite player Meagan Pasternak, and U-16 Residency player Titouan Chopin.

Also available is a Team Training program where Whitecaps staff work with team coaches to design a training camp that is customized to support the goals of the team and its players. Stay tuned for further upcoming programs which include a Spring Academy for players in the U-9 to U-12 age groups, as well as an Okanagan Academy which follows the same curriculum as the player training program in Vancouver, and a specialized Striker School for players in the U-10 to U-14 age groups.

For more information on WFC training programs and details on how to register, visit http://club.whitecapsfc.com/youth/trainingprograms or contact Marlise Buchi by phone at 778.330.1354 or by e-mail at mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com.