Upper Island Prospects Academy

 


 Highlights

  • 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 delivered by Whitecaps FC Island Academy Centre Head Coach Kevin Lindo and Associate Head Coach Larry Stefanek. 
  • Overseen by Whitecaps Pre-Residency and Academy Centre Head Coach Bart Choufour
  • Visits included from Whitecaps FC Vancouver based coaching staff.
  • Connected to the Whitecaps Academy Centre network to provide greater exposure and additional opportunities. 
  • The Whitecaps are committed to work closely with the VIPL and the BCSPL Island Wave as part of the pathway in forwarding players. 

Structure

  • Boys & Girls U8 to U18
  • Invite only.
  • Player remain with clubs. 
  • Ten month program: three phases (September through June)

Fall 2017

- September to December. 

Winter 2017 - 9 Sessions + Upper Island Academy Playoffs

Pre-Prospects - U8-U12 Boys & Girls (2009-2005)

  • Mondays, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. January 9 to March 13
    • No Session February 13 for Family Day
    • Upper Island Academy Playoffs will be held on March 8 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Arbutus Meadows Indoor Facility for Pre-Prospects (Cost included in registration fee).

Prospects - U13-U18 Boys & Girls (2009-2005)

  • Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. January 9 to March 13
    • No Session February 13 for Family Day
    • Upper Island Academy Playoffs will be held on March 15 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Arbutus Meadows Indoor Facility for Prospects (Cost included in registration fee).

Spring 2017 - 10 sessions

Pre-Prospects - U8 to U12 Boys & Girls (2009-2005)

  • Wednesday's, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park, Nanaimo
  • Session dates: 
    • April: 5, 12, 18, 26
    • May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    • June: 7
  • Eligible for Whitecaps Island Cup, June 18th 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Arrowview Elementary in Qualicum Beach. 
  • Possible training opportunities in Vancouver for High Potential Players. 
  • MLS Weekend during this phase which will include a training session in Vancouver and an MLS match at BC place. Cost of this event not included in registration, more details to be communicated by head coach. 
  • Pre-Prospects Regional Team - Additional training & match play on Sunday's, 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Arrowview Elementary in Qualicum Beach. (see below additional highlihgts)
    • April: 9, 20*, 23, 30
    • May: 7, 15, 28
    • June: 4, 11, 14*

Additional Highlights - Pre-prospects Regional Team Program

All Pre-Prospects (U8 to U12) players are eligible to participate. As part of our Additional training and Pre-Prospects Regional Team Program will receive the following benefits: 

  • Exhibition games every second Sunday
  • Classroom sessions on team tactics, strategy, positional play and formations. 
  • Pre-Prospects Regional Team Program will be led by Associate Head Coach and VIPL UI Storm Technical Director, Larry Stefanek. 
  • All teams will be based upon registration numbers. Any interested players must submit their interest registration to participate by March 15th. 
  • No training Easter weekend - April 16
  • No training Victoria Day weekend - May 22. 
  • No training May 14 (Mini World Cup). Will train Monday, May 15th instead. (this is U9 to U12 only). 
  • *Wednesday, June 14 will be extra training session ahead of the Whitecaps Island Cup. 
  • **Thursday, April 20 will be at Arrowview Elementary from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 

To be included in the Pre-Prospects Regional Team Program, please submit your interest registration when completing your Spring phase registration.

Prospects - U13 to U18 Boys & Girls (2004-1999)

  • Wednesday's, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at May Richards Bennet Pioneer Park, Nanaimo
  • Session dates: 
    • April: 5, 12, 18, 26
    • May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    • June: 7
  • Additional Training Opportunity - Sunday's 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Arrowview Elementary in Qualicum Beach. All Prospects players are eligible to participate in the additional training opportunity. To be considered for this, please submit your interest registration when registering for the Spring phase. 
    • time may change to 7:00 to 8:30 pm - participating players will be informed in the lead up to the program start. 
  • Session Dates: 
    • April 2, 9, 23, 30
    • May 7, 15, 28
    • June 4, 11, 14*
  • *June 14 session will be an additional training session, for those who train twice per week, ahead of the Whitecaps Island Cup. 
  • Eligible for Whitecaps Island Cup, June 18th 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Arrowview Elementary in Qualicum Beach. 
  • Possible training opportunities in Vancovuer for High Potential Players. 
  • Possible Island exhibition games
  • MLS Weekend during this phase which will include a training session in Vancouver and an MLS match at BC place. Cost fo this event not included in registration, more details to be communicated by head coach. 
  • Complimentary access to PacificSport VI athlete educational workshops. click here for more details PacificSport Events Calendar


 Location

​Winter/Fall sessions - Arbutus Meadows Indoor facility
Spring sessions - May Richards Bennet Pioneer Park (Wednesday's)
 
                       - Arrowview Elementary (Sunday's)



Evaluation & Registration

All players must be evaluated to participate.   

Fees:

  • Spring:  $300 + GST
    • Additional Sunday Sessions: $225 + GST
  • Fees do not include travel projects which will be detailed by the regional head coach.

Equipment

  • 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 - $105 + GST

Policies

To view a copy of our policies, please click here.


Contact

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

Head Coach, Vancouver Island Academy Centres
Kevin Lindo - klindo@whitecapsfc.com

Associate Head Coach, Upper Island Academy Centre
Larry Stefanek - lstefanek@whitecapsfc.com

Regional Programs Manager, Soccer Development
Sam Lenarduzzi - slenarduzzi@whitecapsfc.com or 778.928.0453 
 
Whitecaps FC Administrator 
gopro@whitecapsfc.com or 604.669.9283 ext 2297 or toll free 1.855.932.1932