The Whitecaps have over 20 Academy Centres as part of its development network across Canada. These are part of two streams;
- Provincial Centres:
- Based outside the province and in many cases in partnership with provincial soccer associations. Players identified here have a pathway to the Whitecaps Boys Residency and Girls Elite REX programs in Vancouver as well as the Whitecaps Collegiate transition program.
- BC Centres:
- Based in BC and again in many cases are in partnership with local organizations. These centres are part of the local pathway and provide players with an opportunity to support selection to the BCSPL (BC Soccer Premier League), the Whitecaps high performance partner league with BC Soccer.
BC Academy Centre Purpose:
The purpose of the BC Centres is to provide supplemental club training for motivated boys and girls in a professional club environment. It also provides players the opportunity to be part of the Whitecaps academy centre network, wear the badge and train the Whitecaps Way as players follow an official Whitecaps FC training curriculum led by Whitecaps head coaching staff.
The program also includes visits included from Whitecaps FC Vancouver based coaching staff and provides greater exposure and additional opportunities for players both locally and in Vancouver. Only a limited number of players will be invited to participate.
BC Academy Centre HPP Program
Recognizing the need to connect players across the academy network beyond training, the Whitecaps have launched an HPP (High Potential Prospect Program) to provide some exciting network opportunities, incentives and added value for players while training in their respective academy locations including:
- Selection as a Whitecaps FC HPP
- Specialized training opportunities in Vancouver.
- Training and competing with Whitecaps FC Academy centre teams at selected tournaments.
- Scouting opportunities and placement with partnered BCSPL clubs.
- Opportunities to watch a Whitecaps FC MLS match at BC Place.
How does the HPP program work:
BC Academy Centre Club Model
The academy centres are part of the Whitecaps FC pathway and are integrated into the BC Soccer pathway.
BC Academy Centre HPP Event 2017/2018
The HPP Annual program includes 4 events for registered academy players in BC and other select areas outside of BC.
Remaining events in 2018.
HPP Spring 2018
- June 22 to 24th - SX Spring Cup - Lower Mainland
- U9 to U14 - For invited players from the academy centres
- Training and Tournament play.
HPP Fall Challenge 2018
- October 26 to 28, 2018 in Richmond BC
- U9 to U14. Open to all interested registered Regional BC academy centre players (excluding some lower mainland centres)
- Training and inter academy tournament style event
- Used as a selection tool along with academy training for upcoming team selections
- MLS match vs. Portland Timbers
HPP Event Notes:
- All match / tournament event weekends will include:
- Training and prep days.
- Presentations where applicable.
- Professional Whitecaps FC game day Head Coaches.
- Oversight by Academy Centre's Technical Director/Associate Head Coach.
- All players/parents are responsible for their own travel, accomodation, and meals.
- Special discounted hotel rates will be secured as options.