Vancouver Whitecaps FC closed out a huge weekend in Williams Lake with over 180 boys and girls participating in a sold out camp that was held in partnership with the Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association (WLYSA).
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“The Whitecaps would like to thank our hosts and partners in the WLYSA for their hard work and support,” said Whitecaps director of youth Dan Lenarduzzi. “This is a record 19th year that we have been holding camps in Williams Lake, and we are always amazed at the work of the WLYSA staff and volunteers, and the community partner support.”
This year the camp has evolved to include the opportunity for the Whitecaps to work with all levels of players in Williams Lake. This included mini and intermediate programs for all levels, and a Prospects program for select players. In addition to the 11 Whitecaps coaches that made the trip, Whitecaps Prospects head coach Bart Choufour ran a special program that was designed for the region's select and identified players.
“This type of weekend gives the Whitecaps the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the WLYSA," said Lenarduzzi. "We want to try and help them grow their registration and profile in Williams Lake, as well as provide some player development opportunities.”
The Williams Lake camp is one of two Whitecaps camps to take in British Columbia's Cariboo region. The weekend of May 3 and 4, the Whitecaps will be in Quesnel for their annual camp.
The Whitecaps and Williams Lake Soccer Association Camp was supported by a variety of community partners including Pacific Coastal Airlines, The Tribune, The Overlander Hotel, The Rush, Williams Lake and District Credit Union, Margetts Meats, Tell Tale Signs and Printing, Save-On-Foods, Cariboo GM, Caribou Ski Source for Sports, and Cariboo Custom Monogram and Screening. In addition, partial funding for the weekend’s camp was generously provided by the TELUS Community Fund to the Whitecaps Foundation.