Lethbridge BMO Academy Centre

Lethbridge BMO Academy


The Vancouver Whitecaps FC have partnered with the Lethbridge Soccer Association to launch an official Whitecaps BMO Academy Centre in Lethbridge  


  • Academy for invited boys and girls ages U10 to U18. Limited Registration
  • Supplemental club training for motivated boys and girls in a professional club environment. 
  • Train the Whitecaps Way with official Whitecaps FC training curriculum. 
  • Connected to the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centre network to provide greater exposure and additional opportunities. 
  • Potential opportunities for selected players to train in the Vancouver Academy Centre. 
  • Led by Whitecaps Lethbridge Academy Centre Head Coach, Sam Heap.


  • Players must participate in a placement session prior to joining the academy.
  • Boys & Girls U10 to U18
  • One training session per week. 
  • The Lethbridge Academy will be annual program with 3 phases in the future. 

Fall 2019

U10 to U14 Academy - 19 sessions
U10 (2010) to U12 (2008) Boys & Girls - 
Fridays, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
U13 (2007) to U14 (2006) Boys & Girls - Fridays, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13
  • Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13, 20

U15 to U18 Academy - 8 sessions
U15 (2005) to U18 (2002) Boys & Girls - Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10
  • This program will transition into a Cap's to College program - more information coming soon! 

Winter 2020

U15 to U18 Lethbridge Caps to College Program

To sign up for the evaluation session, click here
Date of evaluation sessions are January 7 & 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and January 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Servus Soccer Centre. 
All players must also complete an application to participate in the program along with the evaluation session. please email Sam Heap at sheap@whitecapsfc.com to get a copy of the application. 

Dates of program: 

 Tuesdays & Fridays starting January 7, 2020. time of sessions to be confirmed and provided prior to the start of the program. dates of the program are subject to change dependent on facility availability and size of the program. All players that are accepted into the program will receive a calendar for the entirety of the program. 

Program includes: 

  • on-field training sessions led by Sam Heap, Head Coach, Alberta South BMO Academy Centre & Lethbridge Soccer Association Technical Director
  • classroom education sessions with guest speakers, including one with Ryan Clark, Collegiate Transition Manger, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • fitness testing throughout the program to ensure players are prepared for next step of post-secondary. 
  • off-site training sessions or guest sessions - details to be confirmed
  • 1-on-1 mentoring for players on the process for connecting with college/university coaches & scouts and building individualized plans for each player. 
  • 1 travel trip to SX Showcase tournament in Spring 2020. (this trip is a separate cost from the registration fee of the program)


Fall 2019

  • Servus Soccer Centre, Lethbridge Alberta

Evaluation & Registration

Players may request a placement session for this academy centre. To request an evaluation or for more information, please email Sam Heap, Lethbridge Academy Centre head coach at sheap@whitecapsfc.com 
  • Fall 2019: 
    • U10 to U14 Academy - $475 + tax
      • This program includes 19 sessions and will be paid with a payment plan with the following details: 
        • $175 + tax due upon purchase (plus any applicable apparel purchases)
        • $150 + tax due on December 1, 2019
        • $150 + tax due on January 15, 2020
    • U15 to U18 Academy - $200 + tax
  • Winter 2020 - Caps to College: 
    • $160 + tax due on registration
    • 3 additional payments of $160 + tax throughout program. 
  • Fees do not include: Travel projects (travel, accommodation, meals, Whitecaps FC ticket if applicable)

  • All new players require a WFC training kit.
  • Mandatory for all NEW players - WFC Academy Training kit (shorts, shirt, socks) - $90 + tax
  • Optional - WFC Academy Track suit - $105 + tax
    • the WFC Academy Track Suit is a requirement for any players in the Cap's to College program to ensure players look the part while travelling for tournaments. 


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


Regional Head Coach:
Sam Heap - sheap@whitecapsfc.com

Regional Programs Manager:
Sam Lenarduzzi - slenarduzzi@whitecapsfc.com or 778.928.0453

Whitecaps FC Administrator
gopro@whitecapsfc.com or toll free 1.855.932.1932