Island Prospects Academy



  • Only a limited number of players will be invited to participate
  • Supplemental club training for motivated boys and girls in a professional club environment
  • Train the Whitecaps Way. Participants follow an official Whitecaps FC training curriculum..
  • All sessions developed and delivered by Interim Head Coach, James Merriman. 
  • Regular visits included form Whitecaps FC Vancouver based coaching staff.
  • Travel includes Vancouver MLS Weekend for training and a MLS game.
  • Connected to the Whitecaps Academy Centre network to provide greater exposure and additional opportunities for selected players to train in Vancouver.
  • The Whitecaps are committed to work closely with the VIPL and the BCSPL Island Wave as part of the pathway in forwarding players


  • Boys & Girls U8 to U12
  • Boys & Girls U13 to U17
  • Invite only.
  • Player remain with clubs. 
  • Ten month program: three phases (September through June)


  • 11 sessions, Sept 22 - Dec 8.


  • 11 sessions total
  • Mondays 5:30-7:00 pm U8-U12 Boys & Girls
  • Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm U13-U17 Boys & Girls
  • January 5 - First session for winter
  • Jan 5, 12, 19, 26. Feb 2, 9, 16, 23. Mar 2, 9, 16.
  • March 16 - last session for winter


  • 12 session total
  • April-June 
  • Mondays 5:30-7:00 pm U8-U12 Boys & Girls
  • Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm U13-U17 Boys & Girls
  • April 13, 20, 27. May 4, 11, (20 Weds), 25. June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.



All players must be evaluated to participate.   

For any enquiries please contact Island Academy Centre Interim Head Coach James Merriman at


  • Spring Registration: $300 + GST
  • Fees do not include travel projects which will be detailed by the regional head coach.


  • All NEW players require a WFC training kit and track suit.
  • One-time fee, valid for at least two years
  • Mandatory - Training kit (shorts, shirt, socks) - $80 + GST
  • Mandatory - Track suit - $80 + GST

Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds within 2 weeks of the first session. Once we are within 2 weeks, your registration and payment are locked in for that phase
  • Registration refunds, minus a $25 administration fee, may be issued only in cases of emergency and/or medical grievance given a note from a medical professional.
  • No partial refunds will be issued for individual sessions missed by the participant.

Other Policies:

  • Whitecaps FC reserves the right to move players to the appropriate training group.
  • In the event that a session is cancelled due to weather, we will do our best to reschedule.


If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact:

Whitecaps FC Island Interim Head Coach  
James Merriman –
Regional Programs Manager
Sam Lenarduzzi - or 778.928.0453 
Whitecaps FC Administrator or 604.669.9283 ext 2297 or toll free 1.855.932.1932 
Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Head Coach 
Bart Choufour - or 604.561.8317