Big draw for Okanagan WFC evaluations

Over 250 players packed Beasley Fields in Lake Country, Kelowna, on the weekend for the 2009 Okanagan Whitecaps FC Super Y-League day evaluations. Players from across the Thompson Okanagan region, including Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Kamloops, were out vying for a place on next year's Okanagan WFC U-13 to U-16 Super Y-League teams. “We were very pleased with the overwhelming excitement and enthusiasm for this year's teams,” said Okanagan WFC technical director Chris Bennett, a former Whitecaps FC and national team player and coach. “This is all about growing soccer development in the Okanagan and providing even greater profile and opportunities for Okanagan players.” After holding regional meetings, the Whitecaps, in partnership with the British Columbia Soccer Association (BCSA), collaborated with the Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (COYSA), North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (NOYSA), South Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (SOYSA), Shuswap Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) to form Okanagan WFC for the 2009 Super Y-League Season. As part of these collaborative efforts, this past weekend’s evaluation included Okanagan WFC staff, as well as staff from the Whitecaps and BCSA, to provide an opportunity for local players to “get noticed” for not only the Super Y-League, but also Whitecaps Residency and Prospects programs, as well as BCSA provincial team programs. The selected Okanagan WFC Super Y-League teams will start a training program that runs November through February and will include fitness and skills training in preparation for the start of the Super Y-League season in May 2009. For more information on Okanagan WFC, please visit