Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental club training for serious, motivated players. Whitecaps FC currently have a network from coast to coast, including locations in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Manitoba, Northern BC, the Okanagan, Squamish, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, as well as in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, London (Ontario), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy and select the academy in your region.
Below are the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Month for December.
Kamloops Academy Centre
What his coaches say: "Joshua has been in our goalkeeper academy from the outset. We are very happy to see his progression in this time. His work ethic and attitude has been excellent and he continues to improve and develop his skill set and is becoming a solid goalkeeper. He strives to get better every session and even when tired does not let his standards drop. Our goalkeeper coaching staff are pleased to have him in our academy and watch him grow and develop into a solid goalkeeper."
Name: Jayse Matonovich
Birth Year: 2005
What her coaches say: "Jayse has an unbelievable work ethic and attitude in training sessions and games. She loves to come to training and will battle anyone including coaches in a session. She has come a long way over the last two years and wants to continually learn and puts the time and effort to succeed. Her technical skills are continually developing and she has a good brain for the game. With her attitude and love for the game she will continue to develop to become a very strong player."
London Youth Academy Centre
Hometown: London, Ontario
What his coaches say: "Zach challenges himself every time he steps on the field. He always puts the team first, never puts players down and is always there to challenge them to be better. He distributes the ball very well and is always a threat in the offensive third."
Name: Annika Nolte
Birth Year: 2004
Hometown: Dorchester, Ontario
What her coaches say: "Annika is a great player that has a great work ethic and is a pleasure to work with on the field. She always has a smile on her face and is improving every week."
Manitoba Academy Centre
Birth Year: 2000
What his coaches say: “Antoni has been playing excellent over the last month. He is very tactically knowledgeable for his age and is a great support to his teammates during matches and training sessions.”
Name: Jenna Neumann
Birth Year: 2001
What her coaches say: “Jenna continues to work hard on a daily basis and has been performing at a high level this month. She works tirelessly to improve herself every session. Keep up the great work!”
Okanagan Academy Centre
What his coaches say: "Emilio has joined the Okanagan school academy as an international student from Mexico. We have been very impressed with his all around game. He has excellent technical ability and a sound understanding of the game. We will be sad to see him head back to Mexico at the end of his school year."
Name: Ava Cesario
Birth Year: 2006
What her coaches say: "We have been extremely pleased with Ava’s improvements over the fall phase. Ava is entering her second year in the pre-prospects academy. She has an excellent attitude towards training and learning and we are seeing good improvements to her technical skills along with her game understanding."
Past Players of the Month: