VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are welcoming clubs from across Canada and abroad to daily #StayHome Live Skills Clinics presented by Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Monday to Friday at 2 p.m. PST. For more information go to whitecapsfc.com/skillsclinic.
“Our club is inclusive. In Vancouver, across Canada, and globally,” said Mark Pannes, Whitecaps FC chief executive officer. “No matter the distance, language, or culture, we all share a love for the game.”
Monday’s live skills clinic will include New Zealand’s Waterside Karori AFC.
"Our Waterside Karori AFC players are extremely excited to be involved with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Skills Clinic,” said Sam Morrissey, Waterside Karori AFC director of junior football. “It's fantastic that Whitecaps FC are opening up their service and collaborating with other clubs worldwide. From us here in New Zealand, we would like to thank the club for the invitation and opportunity to be involved. We look forward to a great session!"
On average, more than 300 young players have joined in live to participate in the daily training, while thousands of others have watched and joined live or on replay through YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
“First of all, we are thrilled to welcome Waterside Karori AFC and other clubs worldwide,” added Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director. “There is a tremendous diversity within our team and our club. We are a global village, and we want to invite any club from anywhere in the world to connect with us and join with us in growing this sport and building stronger communities together.”
Other clubs to have participated have come from throughout British Columbia, including Bays United from Victoria, the Burnaby District Youth Soccer Association, BC Tigers, Coastal FC, Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC, North Vancouver FC, Kelowna United FC, Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, and Special Olympics side Quesnel FC. Other clubs across Canada have joined from as far as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
“The first time I witnessed the #StayHome Live Skills Clinic, I thought it was a great initiative and a great way to keep our young athletes active and engaged in soccer during this difficult time,” added Samuel Gyeke-Amoako, the technical director and head coach for the Sporting FC Academy in Toronto. “It is also a great experience for the boys and girls as they get to interact with players from the first team and the wonderful coaches from the organization such as Pedro Dias, an experience they will forever cherish."