Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Sport Chek team up for spectacular April

Tournaments and pep talks highlight great month of youth soccer

April was a big month for youth soccer thanks to the partnership between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Sport Chek.

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First up was the annual Whitecaps FC adidas Cup presented by Sport Chek. Over 100 youth teams from across British Columbia and as far as Alberta took the field at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey, BC for the annual tournament. Included were special visits from Nicolas Mezquida and Johnny Leveron. For more information on this exclusive tournament please visit http://www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/programs/tournaments/wfccup.

adidas Cup Photo Gallery

During the adidas Cup, Sport Chek also provided a special opportunity to the U-12 North Vancouver Flames to find out "How the Pros Get Ready" (video right). The Flames got to meet Whitecaps FC captain Jay DeMerit, ask some questions, and shop at the downtown Sport Chek store.

How the Pros Get Ready presented by Sport Chek

 
Next up was the 2014 Whitecaps FC Showcase presented by Sport Chek. More than 80 college and university scouts came out to Surrey, BC to watch more than 80 elite teams in action. Scouts travelled from across Canada and the United States, representing some of the continent's top collegiate programs.
 
"The main objective of the showcase is to bring together the best talent in BC, across Canada, and from the Pacific Northwest, and put them on display for the many college, university, and Whitecaps scouts in attendance," said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. "Each year our talent base grows, as does the network of scouts who attend. We're pleased to see this event continue to provide more and more scholarship opportunities."
 
Whitecaps FC MLS stars Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh, Gershon Koffie, Carlyle Mitchell, and Russell Teibert all signed autographs at the showcase. To top off the weekend, Sport Chek also organized special pep talk from Teibert to to the Mountain United U-16 boys (pictured below).
 
All in all, it was a great month for future soccer stars. And the support for youth continues with the Sport Chek Youth Trainer program. Learn what it's like to be a Whitecaps FC trainer for a day at one of the 'Caps upcoming home matches. Apply now at whitecapsfc.com/youthtrainer.