Whitecaps FC name regional head coach, launch new academy centre

Broadhurst to help grow Academy Centre and camp programs

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that David Broadhurst will take on the expanded role of Whitecaps FC regional head coach. 

Broadhurst has been working with Whitecaps FC in Vernon for the past three years building both Academy and camp programs while also providing services to the North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (NOYSA). This new and expanded role will see Broadhurst focus full-time on Whitecaps FC programs – specifically growing Whitecaps FC Academy Centres and camps in the Okanagan and Kootenay. 

“We’re very pleased to have David come on board full-time with Whitecaps FC,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “David’s experience locally along with his licensing, which includes a UEFA B English FA Coaching License and a soon-to-be completed UEFA A License, makes him a great asset to help grow our Academy Centre and camp programs in British Columbia, and eventually across Canada.” 

Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional Whitecaps FC training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provides professional supplemental club training for serious motivated players. 

“We’re pleased to present our Whitecaps FC Academy Centres in partnership with a local club or association with the objective of building our brand and providing player development programs and opportunities,” added Lenarduzzi. “It’s important to state that within BC, Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are positioned to be complementary to EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) programming – our partner league and main scouting vehicle for our programs in BC – either through geography or age of programming.”

This announcement coincides with the launch of this year’s Academy Centre programs in the Okanagan, and a new Kootenay Academy Centre program.

Based in Vernon, BC, the Okanagan Academy Centre includes a Player Academy and School Academy. The Player Academy is a training program for boys and girls from U-9 to U-13. The program starts September 8 in Vernon and is now open for registration by clicking HERE. The Okanagan School Academy is a training academy for grade 8 to 12 motivated male and female students/athletes that operates in the school timetable, with a commitment to academic and athletic excellence. Space is limited and applicants must apply online HERE and be accepted.

The Kootenay Academy Centre will provide training for motivated boys and girls from U-11 to U-18 and is delivered in partnership with Soccer Quest.  Upcoming evaluations are scheduled for August 28 and 29 at Lakeside soccer fields in Nelson, BC.  Online pre-registration is required and can be completed HERE.

For more information on Whitecaps FC Academy Centres please visit online at www.whitecapsfc.com/academy.