Vancouver Skills Academy

Highlights

  • Supplemental club training for motivated boys and girls, in a Professional Club environment
  • Participants follow an official Whitecaps FC training curriculum
  • Incorporates challenging technique training, speed, agility and quickness, and game play
  • All sessions developed and delivered by Whitecaps FC Girls Director and Head Coach Emma Humphries and assistant coach Natalie Lawrence. 
  • Boys' sessions delivered by Director and Head Coach, Academy Centres, Bart Choufour
  • Girls' sessions are overseen and delivered by Whitecaps Girls Elite Head Coach, Emma Humphries, and assistant Natalie Lawrence.  
  • Connected to the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre network to provide greater exposure and opportunities

Notifications

  • Parents are encouraged to check their e-mail prior to leaving for training; we will notify all participants of changes to training schedule via e-mail 
  • In the event that weather conditions do not allow for training at SFU, we will do our best to re-schedule the missed session 

Structure

  • Boys U7 (2010) to U14 (2003)
  • Girls U8 (2009) to U17 (2000)
  • Ten month program, two phases - September through June for a total of 33 weeks
  • 90 minute training sessions

2016/2017

Phase 1 - Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 - 23 sessions

Girls

  • September 17, 24 October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
  • January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
    • No Sessions: October 8: Thanksgiving

Boys

  • September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
  • January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 5, 12
    • No Sessions: October 9: Thanksgiving, February 12: Family Day*
      *unless we need to use it as a make-up sessions

Phase 2 - Spring 2017- 10 sessions

Girls

  • April 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24
    • No Sessions: April 15: Easter, May 20: Victoria Day

Boys

  • April 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
    • No Sessions: April 16: Easter, May 21: Victoria Day

One session per week:

GIRLS: Saturdays

  • U8 (2009) to U10 (2007) 9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • U11 (2006) to U13 (2004) 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • U14 (2003) to U17 (2000) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Boys: Sundays

  • U7 (2010) to U9 (2008) 9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • U9 (2008) to U10 (2007) 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • U11 (2006) to U12 (2005) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • U13 (2004) to U14 (2003) 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Eligibility:
  • Players are grouped on ability and progress and may be moved to different groups/sessions at staff discretion
  • All players will be pre-screened through the answers given during the registration process to ensure program suitability
  • Staff reserves the right to refund registration fees if, at any time, the program is deemed unsuitable

Location

All training sessions will take place at the Whitecaps FC RegionalTraining Centre located at Simon Fraser University (Field #4) in Burnaby. Click here for a printable map: Campus Map and Parking

Parking - All parents must park at the West Mall Visitors Parkade. This is paid parking but all Whitecaps Academy attendees will receive a flat rate of $3.50. Please note that you will receive a parking pass from Whitecaps FC staff which you MUST display in your car dashboard in order to receive the flat rate.
There is also a 15 minute grace period in this parkade for drop off and pick up. Cars are not permitted to stop or park along the roadway (fire lane) or service vehicle stalls next to field #4. SFU Campus Security will ticket/tow any parked cars.


Registration and Payment

2016/2017 

Phase 1 (September 2016 to March 2017)
  • Option 1: Full Payment; pay for both phases at once and receive a savings of $50. 
  • Phases 1 & 2 - $850 due upon registration
     
  • Option 2:  Pay for each phase individually.                           
  • Phase 1 - $625 due upon registration
  • Phase 2 - $275 payment link will be sent to you in winter 2017
Phase 2 (April 2017 to June 2017)
  • $275 due upon registration
  • Players registered in Phase 1 will be given a priority registration window.
*Fees do not include GST
 

Apparel

  • 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

Important Note: Apparel can only be purchased at the beginning of the phase along with your registration. You must order the apparel in package form (ie training kit, track suit). Please use the following sizing chart to assist you in ordering. Exchanges will not be available.


Policies

  • Refund requests…
    • received more than 14 days before the start of a phase, will be subject to a 10% administration fee on the registration amount paid.
    • received less than 14 days but more than 2 days before the start of a phase, will be subject to a 20% administration fee on the registration amount paid.
    • received less than 2 days before the start of a phase will not be granted.
  • Registration refunds for medical reasons can only be processed upon receipt of a note from a medical professional. These refunds will be subject to a 10% administration fee, plus a fee for any sessions transpired.
  • Approved refunds can take up to six weeks to process. 
  • No partial refunds will be issued for individual sessions missed by the participant.
  • 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.
  • Every player participating in the academy is required to be registered with a soccer club in BC

Contact

For general questions:
Whitecaps FC Fan Services - 604.669.9283 ext. 1 or toll free 1.855.9321932

Ongoing question:
Whitecaps FC Administrator - gopro@whitecapsfc.com or 604.669.9283 ext 2297 

Technical questions/concerns:
Regional Programs Manager - slenarduzzi@whitecapsfc.com or 778.928.0453