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 Head Coaching staff
  • Boys' sessions delivered by Pre-residency and Academy Centre Head Coach Bart Choufour
  • Girls' sessions delivered by Girls Elite Head Coach Jesse Symons
  • Connected to the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre network to provide greater exposure and opportunities

Structure

  • Boys U-9 (2006) to U-14 (2000)
  • Girls U-9 (2006) to U-17 (1997)
  • Ten month program: three phases September through June for a total of 32 weeks
  • 90 minute training sessions

Fall Phase - 12 weeks

  • September 14/15 - December 7/8 

Winter Phase - 10 weeks

  • January 11/12 - First sessions for 2014
  • March 15/16 - Last sessions before spring break

Spring Phase - 12 weeks

  • March 29/30 - First sessions after spring break 
  • April 19/20 - Easter weekend, no sessions (Boys & Girls Showcases)
  • May 17/18 - Victoria Day weekend, no sessions
  • June 28/29 - Last sessions for 2014

One session per week:

GIRLS: Saturdays Boys: Sundays
U-9 to U-12: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. U-9 to U-11: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ** WAITLIST in effect as of March 28th
U-13 to U-17: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. U-12 to U-14: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.** WAITLIST in effect as of April 14th

NEW - Add a second session

  • Motivated players who are registered in the weekend session can now add a second training sessions
  • Boys - Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Girls - Monday evenings, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • This second session is by Invite Only
  • For more information please contact gopro@whitecapsfc.com

Eligibility:

  • Players are grouped on ability and progress and may be moved to different groups at staff discretion
  • All players will be pre-screened through the registration process to ensure program suitability
  • Staff reserves the right to refund registration fees if, at any time, the program is deemed not suitable

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

  Fall Winter Spring
One Session Per Week $300 $250 $300

Fees do not include GST

SPRING PHASE WAITLIST - Boys U9/11 & U12/14
If you would like to register your son, you can put your name on a waitlist by e-mailing gopro@whitecapsfc.com
You will be sent an invitation to register upon approval.
 
Please provide the following information:
NAME
AGE GROUP
YEAR OF BIRTH
CURRENT LEVEL OF PLAY
CURRENT CLUB


SPRING REGISTRATION

Registration Notes:

  • 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) - $75 + GST
    • Mandatory - Track suit - $65 + GST

Policies:

  • In the event that weather conditions do not allow for a suitable training environment, Vancouver Whitecaps FC may cancel the session. All cancellations will be communicated to parents via e-mail and our best efforts will be made to reschedule the missed session. 
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC will not issue a refund for Academy registrations 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

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 604 484 7872 

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