Over 80 Whitecaps FC Academy Centre players completed their first Northern and Kootenay team residential camp in Vernon this past week, in an event hosted by Thompson Okanagan FC (TOFC).
The camp included five teams (U-14, U-16, and U-18 boys, and U-14 and U-17 girls) from the Whitecaps FC Kootenay and Northern Academy Centres including players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Fernie, Prince George, the Cariboo, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert, BC. Travel buses from the Kootenays and Prince George brought the players to Vernon where they spent four days together training and playing matches as teams.
The event was hosted by TOFC of the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) as part of the partnership with Whitecaps FC. The players used TOFC facilities in Vernon as a home base where they trained and played matches, and also had their meals and held meetings together. Players also had the opportunity to meet Whitecaps FC player David Edgar. It was also an opportunity to play matches against TOFC teams and get scouted by staff.
The 'Caps and TOFC partnership has created a pathway for players in the North as seven players have been invited to join TOFC teams that play in the BC Soccer High Performance League.
“This camp is a unique opportunity for our Northern and Kootenay Academy Centre players to train and play together as teams in front of both Whitecaps FC and TOFC personnel,” noted organizer and Whitecaps FC Academy Centre associate head coach Brett Adams. “We want to thank TOFC for hosting us and the interest they have shown in the players.”
“This is a great opportunity for TOFC and Whitecaps FC to solidify the pathway in the North Northwest and provide opportunities for players that are excelling in the club's Academy Centres," added Whitecaps FC Okanagan Academy Centre head coach and TOFC technical adviser David Broadhurst.