Our new U9 Development Team are now well and truly up and running. Having played their first competitive matches against Kamloops Quest Academy a couple of weeks ago, we felt that they were ready to join our other three Development Teams and start playing in regular matchday events. So the U9s joined the others last week as we took a road trip to The Coast to match all four of our teams against the excellent academy programs of TSS and Faly Academy. All of the matches were very good quality indeed, and once more we attracted large crowds who enjoyed the excellent soccer on show. All of our teams, including the U9s, matched up well against TSS in Richmond on the Saturday night. On Sunday we played Faly Academy at Simon Fraser University. Once again, all of our teams matched up well against first class opponents. We are very happy with the progress our U9s have made since we formed that team in the summer.
Our Development Teams are formed at the end of June, the teams then start practicing straight away in July. Our Development Team players practice 3 times a week, always with a professional and qualified coach, always on excellent fields….usually turf. The training continues all year round with a 2 week break at Christmas. In addition to this training schedule, we aim to play between 30 and 40 competitive matches against hand picked opponents over the course of the year. Our U10s, U11s and U12s have already each played 14 matches since being formed in June. We have two more trips to the Coast scheduled before Christmas.
Once our U12 players ‘graduate’ from Soccaskool next June, we will encourage each of them to try out for the 2005 Thompson Okanagan FC Intake team and play in the BC Soccer Premier League from U13 onwards. At Soccaskool, we measure our success by the percentage of those graduating players who try for TOFC and are named on the rosters. Our current success rate is 100%.
Last week Soccaskool hosted a series of matches here in Kelowna against Soccer Quest Academy, who travelled down from Kamloops. Our U9, U10 and U11 Development Teams each played a pair of matches against their Quest counterparts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We watched some great soccer on a beautiful sunny day. There were some excellent moments, some great goals and some outstanding players on show from both academy programs. All of the matches were very competitive and played in a very good spirit. The games were watched by large crowds, who were very well entertained all day !
The highlight for us at Soccaskool was the opportunity for us to play our brand new U9 team in their first ever competitive match and the way they played in that opening match easily surpassed our expectations of them. The pictures above are from that opening U9 match. Well done to everyone involved !
In our latest player profile we have selected to feature Ava who is a development team player from our U10 Squad.
Name – Ava
Squad number – # 7
Favourite position – Central attacking midfield
Favourite team – Real Madrid
Favourite player – Alex Morgan
Adidas or Nike – Nike
Messi or Ronaldo – Ronaldo
Favourite food – Tacos
Other sports – Hockey
Favourite singer or band – Fifth Harmony
Who would you most like to meet – Pelé
What colour boots are best – Bright colours
Apart from Canada, what countries are you eligible to represent – Only eligible for Canada
Parents Comments: Ava has enjoyed playing soccer since she was old enough to kick a ball and her love for the game has steadily grown since. Whether playing in the backyard with her brother Hayden, practicing or competing in games, Ava is always working hard. With the excellent coaching and the Soccaskool community supporting her, Ava’s love for soccer has soared as has her confidence and skill as a player. She is a real joy to watch!
Coaches Comments: Ava has been with us for sometime now but made an immediate impression with her skill level but more importantly her decision making which is as good as anyone’s on the academy. She continues to improve in all areas of her game which can be attributed to her hard work and excellent attitude and focus during each and every practice !! Keep up the great work Ava !
Following on from a couple of successful matches in Summerland against Africa United, which kicked off our Development Team season, Soccaskool took our teams on their first road trip of the year last weekend, as we headed to Richmond for a series of games against Vancouver-based academies.
On the Saturday we faced TSS, who hosted the games, with our U10s, U11s, U12s and U12/13s. TSS are the largest academy program on the Coast, with about 800 players registered. They have gained an excellent reputation over the years for very high quality programs, excellent coaching and a style of playing soccer which is great to watch. Soccaskool has many similar philosophies to TSS, and we have played them, and been very impressed by them, with various teams, at various tournaments, in the recent past. However, this was the first time that we have matched up against them with identical and multiple age groups, and we were really looking forward to the games and the opportunity to discover how we
would fair against them.
Congratulations to Diego, Daxton and Grayson who have just become the first players to graduate from Soccaskool’s full time (Development Team) Program and try out for Thompson Okanagan Football Club. TOFC is a Regional Program, which draws the best players from across the Okanagan to play in the BC Soccer Premier League, and therefore enter the recognized High Performance Pathway in BC, leading to opportunities to compete for spots on the BC Provincial Team, Whitecaps Professional Residency Program, and ultimately, Canadian National Team Programs.
These three players were the only 2004 born players on Soccaskool’s 2004/5 Development Team last year, and we were delighted to hear that they have all been selected to represent TOFC.
All three were named on the TOFC 2004 Intake roster, and will now go ahead and compete in the BCSPL U13 Intake season beginning in September. This brings the number of Soccaskool graduates playing for TOFC teams to ten (we also have one playing for Coquitlam Metro Ford BCSPL)
Next year will be the turn of our flagship 2005 players, and we will be hoping to double that number as we continue to demonstrate that our academy offers a viable alternative development pathway to the traditional TOYSL U11 and U12 Development Program.
Well done boys, and we will be following your progress with interest as you enter the U13 to U18 Youth Soccer years !
Our Summer Academy will start Monday 4th July and end Thursday 25th August (8 weeks, 2 month program).
CLASS #1 – Mondays and Wednesdays – 3pm to 4:15pm. (Boys and girls born in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)
CLASS #2 – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 3pm to 4:15pm. (Boys and girls born in 2004, 2005, 2006)
All sessions will be held on Mission 15 (artificial turf field).
Cost is $125 per month. Please post date cheques for July 1st and August 1st and make payable to “Soccaskool” or e mail transfer full fees for both months to firstname.lastname@example.org. New players are required to purchase uniform package at $80.
Its tryout season here in Kelowna and people are making important decisions on what teams and programs they want to try to be part of for next season.
At Soccaskool, we have our own Development Team evaluations next week and we are hoping that there are a growing number of people recognizing that we are providing an excellent option for player development and team formation at the ages of U9, U10, U11 and U12.
We have also been very consistent with our message to all players who come through our academy, that when they are finished with us after U12 they should go and try out for TOFC, which is the Okanagan Regional Program and is part of the BC Soccer Premier League Which is the high performance pathway in BC.
TOFC have produced a full information package which, along with all of the evaluation dates and times, is available on their website. Everybody with ambitious youth soccer players, whatever their age, should take ten minutes to familiarize themselves with this information.
Here at Soccaskool, we use the number of players who come through our academy and end up playing for TOFC as a measure of our success. We keep track of their progress, and we wish them well as they head into their very exciting U13 to U18 youth soccer period. We are proud of the fact that there are currently 7 Soccaskool graduates playing for TOFC in the BCSPL, there is also one currently playing for Coquitlam Metro Ford. This year it is the turn of the 2004s, and we are hoping that all of our 2004s attend tryouts. Our hope is that we will add at least a couple of 2004s to the TOFC squads, these will be the first players to come through our full time Development Team Program.